ASTK18260U CANCELLED - European Union: Actorness towards Central and East European and Western Balkans

Volume 2019/2020

Bachelor student (2012 programme curriculum): 10 ECTS

Bachelor student (2017 programme curriculum): 7.5 ECTS

Master student: 7.5 ECTS


Course description: (themes by weeks):


1. EU foreign policy via Theories of IR and Foreign Policy Analysis


2. Approaches to EU actorness within theories of European integration; actorness, Europeanization of national foreign policies, external governance


3. EU actorness towards CEE – application of Copenhagen criteria and political conditionality in accession process


4. EU actorness towards Western Balkans – application of Copenhagen criteria and political conditionality in accession process


5. Problems of EU actorness’ effects in CEE and Western Balkans; capabilities (instruments, policy coherence and consistency)


6. Problems of EU actorness’ effects in CEE and Western Balkans; opportunities (transition and post-conflict regions, global challenges like crises and rising powers)


7. Problems of EU actorness’ effects in CEE and Western Balkans; presence (EU internal legitimacy, enlargement fatigue, EU normative power, perception of political will)

Learning Outcome


  • Student comprehends the phenomenon of EU actorness in CEE and Western Balkans.
  • Student differentiates between theories of International Relations and European Integration applied to EU actorness.
  • Student understands historical and current political reality in CEE and Western Balkans.



  • Ability to link theory to empirical reality, individual empirical research, oral presentation of researched empirical findings, pro-et-contra debating



  • Student applies approaches to EU actorness to the cases of CEE and in Western Balkans regions and performs an independent analysis of elements of EU actorness’ effects.

  • Student compares, summarizes and critically evaluates findings on EU actorness from the perspective of the EU as a foreign policy subject and the CEE and Western Balkans as foreign policy objects.

Chosen chapters from:

1. Bretherton, Charlotte and John Vogler. 2006. The European Union as a Global Actor. London and New York: Routledge.


2. Džankić, Jelena, Soeren Keil and Marko Kmezić, eds. 2019. The Europeanisation of the Western Balkans: a failure of EU conditionality? Cham: Springer Nature. cop.


3. Lavenex, Sandra and Frank Schimmelfenning, eds. 2010. EU External Governance: Projecting EU Rules beyond Membership. Oxon and New York: Routledge.


4. Wong, Reuben and Christopher Hill, eds. 2011. National and European Foreign Policies towards Europeanization. Oxon and New York: Routledge.


5. Additional material based on scientific articles tba.

Learning and teaching methods:
Problem-based learning, lectures, individual research work and seminar-based debate in class.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Total
  • 28
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio exam
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

- For the semester in which the course takes place: Free written assignment

- For the following semesters: Free written assignment

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