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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)

Postgraduate Course: European Foreign and Security Policy (PGSP11589)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines Europe place in the international order since 1945. It looks at how European interests and values have been articulated on the global stage as well as how Europe has interacted with other regions of the world. The course covers both historical issues, such as decolonisation and the Cold War, as well as and more recent events, including Brexit and the Russian resurgence.
Course description This course examines the place of Europe its countries, and the institutions they have created in the global order from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Students will study how Europe has articulated its interests on the international stage, how the European Union has evolved as an actor in foreign and security policy, what characterises the European perspective on key issues in international politics, and how the EU relates to other regions and powers, including the United States, China and Russia.

The course proceeds chronologically, beginning with the origins of the Cold War and European integration in the 1940s and 1950s, and proceeding to analyse Europe 'between the superpowers' as the Cold War unfolded, its place in the American-dominated 'unipolar moment', and where the continent stands now as the 'rise of the rest' leads to the emergence of a more diffuse international order.

The course will be taught through a weekly one-hour lecture and a weekly one-hour tutorial. Students will evidence the learning outcomes through their tutorial participation as well as their assessed written work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the development of European and EEC/EU foreign and security policies since 1945
  2. distinguish, discuss and apply key theoretical and conceptual approaches utilized in the study of foreign and security policy.
  3. gain advanced knowledge of specific country-cases, policy areas and events relevant to the study of European foreign and security policy.
  4. develop the ability to think critically and independently about current controversies relating to contemporary foreign and security policy debates in Europe.
  5. demonstrate advanced comprehension skills and will develop the ability to clearly communicate their knowledge of complex theoretical, conceptual and empirical material.
Reading List
Anderson, J.J., Ikenberry, G.J. and Risse, T. (2016) The End of the West: Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
De Porte, A. (1978) Europe between the Superpowers: The Enduring Balance. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Hofmann, S.C. (2013) European Security in NATO┬┐s Shadow: Party Ideologies and Institution Building. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Jones, S.G. (2007) The Rise of European Security Cooperation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kagan, R. (2003) Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order. New York: Knopf.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Students will develop critical thinking skills from their engagement with the core texts and their answers to the essay questions.
2. They will gain an understanding of a broad range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches through which to interpret developments in the world around them.
3. They will enhance their written and oral communication skills through their assessed essays and their participation in tutorials.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Benjamin Martill
Tel: (0131 6)51 1736
Course secretaryMr John Riddell
Tel: (0131 6)50 9975
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