21 July 2017
The End of the World as We Know It? The European Union in a changing global order
The course introduces the students to the external relations of the European Union and its role(s) in the world. Together with the students we discuss topics such as the sources of the EU’s power in international relations, the complex relationship between the foreign policies of the 28 member states and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the issues of coherence between different policy areas and actors involved and the dynamics of the transatlantic relationship, including the first months of the Trump administration. Our discussions are based on academic literature, practitioners’ perspectives and current events. We study the basic theoretical approaches and concepts that were or could be applied to the problems Provided that we have enough students enrolled, we will also simulate the Council of the EU and the extraordinary European Council meetings. The course is organised around daily tutorials and a final debate.
• The students gain knowledge about the nature of EU external relations, the actors, instruments and decision-making (also informal mechanisms)
• The students gain also a basic knowledge about the foreign policies of the EU member states and the dynamics between the national capitals and ‘Brussels’
• The students are able to critically analyze the role of the European Union in international relations and to design a framework that would allow for studying the impact the EU has on different regions/countries in the world
• The students understand the link between theory and the current events
EUR 800: Course