Postgraduate Course: The European Union in International Affairs (PGSP11061)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The precise nature of the European Union (EU) has long been in question in international affairs. Non-members have had difficulty understanding and dealing with such an actor that is neither a traditional state nor an intergovernmental international organization. While the EU has significant decision-making authority in certain policy areas, it lacks influence in others. This mix of competencies in external relations can confuse non-members and strain relations among EU member states and the Union's supranational institutions. This course will investigate the complexities of the EU's role and authority in international affairs across different substantive policy areas and its relations with peripheries and other actors.
2 Conceptualising the EU in International Affairs
3 Institutions and Processes
4 Trade and Economic Relations I
5 Trade and Economic Relations II
6 Environmental Relations
7 Development and Humanitarian Assistance
8 Essay Writing Week
9 Security Affairs I
10 Security Affairs II
11 EU Relations with its Peripheries and Others
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay 3,500 - 4000 words, worth 80% and Class Participation worth 20%.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the significance of the European Union (EU) as an actor in international affairs
- Acquire knowledge of various conceptual approaches to understanding the EU in international affairs.
- Determine the most important obstacles to the EU's exercise and enhancement of its external authority.
- Understand the role of EU member states, institutions, and non-Union third parties in the development and exercise of the EU's external authority.
- Compare the EU's external authority across several substantive policy areas and relations with its peripheries and other actors.
|- Hill, Christopher, and Michael Smith, eds. (2010), International Relations and the European Union, 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.|
- Orbie, Jan, ed. (2008), Europe's Global Role: External Policies of the European Union, Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Chad Damro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6698
|Course secretary||Mrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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