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Module Code - Title:

PO5012 - EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Year Last Offered:

2014/5

Hours Per Week:

Lecture

3

Lab

0

Tutorial

0

Other

0

Private

12

Credits

9

Grading Type:

N

Prerequisite Modules:

Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

The purpose of this module is to examine, and critically evaluate, the EU as a global actor. The evolution of the Unions Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) will provide the backdrop for a discussion of ways in which the EU (as a "normative power") seeks to transmit influence and values beyond its own borders.

Syllabus:

Historical development of EU external policies Europeanisation as a tool of EU foreign policy Enlargement as a dimension of EU external relations EU relations with the Neighbourhood EU-US relations EU and the Middle East EU and the developing world EU and the Western Balkans EU - Turkey relations EU as a security actor

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Outline the history of EU external relations up to the present Explain why the EU needs an external policy Demonstrate an understanding of the EU as a "normative power" Measure differential trade flows between the EU and its principal trade partners from statistical data Synthesise competing explanations of EU motives as a "global actor"

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Justify the rationale for "soft" power in EU external relations

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

N/A

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Weekly seminar (3 hours) based on interactive discussion on pre-selected topics presented orally by students

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Smith (2004) Europe's Foreign and Security Policy ,

Other Relevant Texts:

Ginsberg (2001) The EU in International Politics , Rowman Lttlefield
Smith (2002) EU Foreign Policy , Pluto
Smith (2003) Making of EU Foreign Policy , Palgrave
White (2001) Understanding EU Foreign Policy , Palgrave

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

MAEPGOTFA - European Politics and Governance
MAEUPLTFA - European Union Politics and Law

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Spring

Module Leader:

Angelos.Chryssogelos@ul.ie