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.
Section 1: Theory and Concepts
Section 2: Empirical application of central concepts across multiple policy areas
Section 3: Conclusions
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
This is an MSc option course lasting one semester only. Students are required to attend one 2-hour session each week. The weekly meetings of the course include lectures, discussions and student presentations. Students are expected to prepare and participate actively in discussions. A typical weekly meeting will consist of a one-hour lecture and discussion followed by a one-hour session of student presentations and discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, 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)
||The course is assessed by one essay of 3500-4000 words. The essay counts for 80% of the final course mark. Student presentations are also assessed and count for 20% of the final mark. Each student is expected to provide at least one presentation during the semester.
||Formative feedback is provided throughout the course during discussions in seminars. Written, summative feedback is provided on the required presentation, which then serves as formative feedback for the essay. The feedback is provided within fifteen working days of submission.
|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