EUR3418 - The EU as a Global Actor


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 100/100

Course content

To what extent does the European Union act on the world stage as a single actor? Is it an important power in shaping global politics? What are the driving principles, interests or ideals that structure its policy and behaviour? This course analyses the way in which the European Union influences world politics in the 21st century. Students will learn about the official foreign policy of the EU, the ‘Common Foreign and Security Policy’ (CSFP) as well as less formal and less coordinated ways in which Europe tries to shape world politics. We discuss, for example, recent crises such as the Ukraine crisis and the Arab Spring and how the EU did, or did not, respond to or act upon these events.

Learning outcome

Students will acquire a thorough knowledge of European Union policies aimed at influencing its external environment.
- a thorough understanding of the important actors shaping EU foreign policy.
- a thorough understanding of tensions within EU foreign policy.
- An in-depth knowledge of fundamental theoretical perspectives on states and foreign policy within the field of International Relations.

Students will be able to
- apply key abstract concepts such as ‘power’ and ‘security’ to understand Europe’s role in the world.
- use key theories within the field of International Relations to explain the actions and strategies of states and organizations in Europe.
- assess to what extent EU foreign policy is effective and coherent.
- write a term paper based on independent research and empirical data.
- be able to perform in and assess normative debates about the current European politics.

Learning methods and activities


Compulsory assignments

  • Debate

Further on evaluation

Students must participate actively in the debates, and write a study replication report.

In the event of a legitimate absence or a failed exam, students can apply to the Department of Historical Studies for re-sitting the examination the following semester. Students who have obtained a passing grade but wish to improve their grade have to register for class and sit the ordinary exam when the course is taught. Compulsory activities from a previous semester may be approved by the department.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EUR3408 7.5 2016-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Report

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100



Spring ORD Approved report 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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