Denmark, Aarhus

European Foreign Policy

when 17 July 2013 - 14 August 2013
duration 4 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS

The aim of this course is to make students familiar with analytical tools that can help them to better understand European foreign policy. The course is an introduction to the study of the European Union’s role in world politics, including contemporary dilemmas and challenges. The new emerging economies/powers, the Arab spring and limited energy resources imply that many European foreign policy axioms have to be reconsidered – a notoriously difficult exercise. Furthermore, in the making of EU foreign policy, decision-makers have to take the EU’s international identity, well-established interests and foreign policy traditions into account. The distribution of EU global power shows considerable variation across time, space and issue areas. The course will highlight interplays – positive and negative – between national and EU levels of foreign policy. The course is problem oriented, designed to encourage students to engage in building an understanding of the dilemmas of European foreign policy. Students will be introduced to major approaches to the study of European foreign policy. Furthermore, the course will provide students with an understanding of how key actors – e.g. states and EU institutions interact in foreign policy. To this end, the course includes three modules. Some parts of the course will be illustrated by means of case studies, ensuring an integration of theoretical and empirical practical knowledge.

Course leader

Knud Erik Jørgensen, Aarhus University

Target group

Master students

Course aim

The seminar module offers a more extensive and more thorough analysis of the topic from within political science. To this end, the seminar module provides an overview and a critical discussion of the literature and the issues relevant for the topic of the seminar. In the final evaluation it will be taken into account to what extent the student demonstrates an advanced understanding of basic conceptual and theoretical frameworks; is able to apply the frameworks in studies of foreign policy and, is able to build a substantive knowledge of the topic.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.