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Module Title LH European Union Foreign and Security Policy
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 27831
Module Lead Julian Pänke
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Description Current international events have intensified focus on the European Union’s role in a globalized world. The standard view presents EU efforts to develop a united and coherent political identity as relatively unsuccessful. A contrasting view has emerged suggesting that the EU has gradually developed a distinctive identity in international affairs, predicated upon an increasing degree of unity on core European norms and values. From this perspective the EU is seen as developing normative power that compares favourably to the US’s soft (and hard) power. The proposed module will explore these debates over the EU’s effectiveness as a normative power in its external relations with a number of strategically important areas of the world.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • To demonstrate knowledge and engage in scholarly enquiry on Europe's role as a key player on the international arena.
  • To demonstrate a critical appreciation of the complexities involved in Europe’s role in a globalized world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the European political integration process as a background to the current role of the European Union as an international actor.
Assessment 27831-01 : 2,000 Word Country Report : Coursework (35%)
27831-02 : 1000 Word Written Literature Summary : Coursework (15%)
27831-03 : 3 Hour Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: Term I: 2,000 word country report (35%); 1x written literature summaries (1,000 words) (15%); c) Term II: 3hr written examination (50%).
Reassessment: none
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