ASTK18362U European Union actorness towards Central and East European and Western Balkans
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).
- 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.
- Class Instruction
- 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