ASTK18362U Cancelled European Union actorness towards Central and East European and Western Balkans

Volume 2020/2021

Bachelor: 7,5 ECTS

Kandidat: 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.

  1. 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.

Problem-based learning, lectures, individual research work and course-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
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

- In the semester where the course takes place: Free written assignment

- In subsequent semesters: Free written assignment

Criteria for exam assesment

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