ASTK15672U COURSE: European Union as Global Actor
Master: 7,5 ECTS
Bachelor: 10 ECTS
How can we best understand the European Union as a global actor? The most popular approaches to this question seek to answer it in a number of ways – by comparing it with other actors such as states, regional organisations or international organisations – or by declaring it unique and beyond comparison. This masters’ seminar sets out to examine the EU in global politics by rethinking the nature of power and actorness in a globalising, multilateralising and multipolarising era. This examination involves, first, understanding conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the EU as a global actor. Second, the EU’s use different forms of power, in particular physical, material and normative power, will be studied through a series of ten case studies. Finally, the seminar will examine whether it is possible to characterise the EU as a particular type of international actor through the comparative assessment of the case studies. This will allow students to answer the question of whether the EU is more or less prone to use of normative power in global politics than other international actors?
1. Understanding and theorising the EU as a Global Actor
2. History and policymaking of the EU as a Global Actor
Global Actions: case studies
3. Sustainable Peace
6. Human Rights
7. Rule of Law
9. Social Solidarity
10. Sustainable Development
11. Climate Change
12. Good Governance
13. European communion: the EU as a global actor
14. EU in changing planetary politics
Knowledge and understanding of the discipline of political science: The course in ‘European Union as Global Actor’ encourages students to know and understand the EU as an actor in planetary politics. Students studying this course will become knowledgeable with theories of global actorness in order to understand how changing planetary politics are important for the EU.
Practical competence in employment-related activities in political science: The course in ‘European Union as Global Actor’ enables students to become competent in employment-related activities such as understanding the EU’s external actions, recognising the role of EU member states in external actions, analysing EU policy in the planetary politics of global economy, society, environment, and conflict.
Intellectual and transferable skills in political and social sciences: The course in ‘European Union as a Global Actor’ helps students develop critical thinking, creativity and innovation, collaboration, and communication skills through group-based Active Learning activities.
Björkdahl, Annika, Natalia Chaban, John Leslie and Annick Masselot (eds.) (2015) Importing European Union Norms: Conceptual Framework and Empirical Findings (New York: Springer).
Boening, Astrid, Jan-Frederik Kremer and Aukje van Loon (eds.) (2013) Global Power Europe - Vol. 1: Theoretical and Institutional Approaches to the EU's External Relations (Berlin: Springer).
Boening, Astrid, Jan-Frederik Kremer and Aukje van Loon (eds.) (2013) Global Power Europe - Vol. 2: Policies, Actions and Influence of the EU's External Relations (Berlin: Springer).
Carta, Caterina, and Jean-Frédéric Morin (eds.) (2014) Making Sense of Diversity: EU Foreign Policy through the Lens of Discourse Analysis (Farnham: Ashgate).
da Conceição-Heldt, Eugénia, and Sophie Meunier (eds.) (2017) Speaking With a Single Voice: The EU as an effective actor in global governance? (London: Routledge).
Duke, Simon (2016) Europe as a Stronger Global Actor: Challenges and Strategic Responses (London: Palgrave).
Debaere, Peter (2015) EU Coordination in International Institutions: Policy and Process in Gx Forums (London: Palgrave).
Hadfield, Amelia, Ian Manners, and Richard Whitman (eds.) (2017) The Foreign Policies of European Union Member States (London: Routledge).
Hill, Christopher, Michael Smith, Sophie Vanhoonacker (eds.) (2017) International Relations and the European Union, 3rd edn. (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Keukeleire, Stephan, and Tom Delreux (2014) The Foreign Policy of the European Union, 2nd edn. (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
Koops, Joachim, and Gjovalin Macaj (eds.) (2014) The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
Nicolaïdis, Kalypso, and Richard Whitman (eds.) (2013) ‘Special Issue on Normative Power Europe’, Cooperation and Conflict, Vol. 48, No. 2.
Pardo, Sharon (2015) Normative Power Europe meets Europe: Perceptions and Realities (Lexington Books).
Pohl, Benjamin (2015) EU Foreign Policy and Crisis Management Operations: Power, purpose and domestic politics (London: Routledge).
Smith, Michael, Stephan Keukeleire, and Sophie Vanhoonacker (eds.) (2015) The Diplomatic System of the European Union: Evolution, change and challenges (London: Routledge).
Tocci, Nathalie (2017) Framing the EU Global Strategy: A Stronger Europe in a Fragile World (London: Palgrave).
Whitman, Richard (ed.) (2012) Normative Power Europe: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
Woolcock, Stephen (2012) European Union Economic Diplomacy: The Role of the EU in External
Economic Relations (London: Ashgate).
Students who do not wish to learn through group activities, active participation, and continuous learning should not take this course.
- Class Instruction
Continuous in-class feedback will be provide for group learning activities.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examinationWritten assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
- Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
- Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
- Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner