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This course focuses on how the EU and its member states are adapting to an international role in the 21st century. The course will examine the institutions of EU foreign and security policy, the creation of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the increasing number of civilian and military crisis management operations. The course assesses the EU's emergent strategy and strategic culture and strands of its foreign policy in action. The course concludes with an assessment of institutional changes as a result of the Lisbon Treaty, in particular the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) that have further raised expectations as to the EU's external role.
The European Union’s ambitions to be a global power are often seen as a by-product of European integration. As the EU emerges as an economic power rather than a military one, the EU may act as a new kind of international actor. Students of ‘European foreign policy’ focus on EU trade, aid and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), but cannot neglect how the EU’s international role are shaped by its strengths and weaknesses and how the Member States of the EU interact with the foreign policy making of the Union. Understanding the global role of the EU also depends on how we understand power and the unique identity of the EU in the international system.This course introduces the historical development, key concepts, policy-making and important policy areas and bilateral relations of the European Union foreign policy, with a particular relevance to the Asia Pacific. Upon understanding the basics of power concepts, decision-making process and key policy fields, the course then look at the EU’s relations in its immediate neighbours, the EU, Russia, China and its global relevance with the Asia Pacific.
Students who pass this course should be able to:1. Describe the historical development of the EU as a global actor both in its internal and external dimension; 2. Evaluate different conceptual and theoretical approaches to capture the EU’s international role;3. Explain how the process of the EU foreign policy making – the treaty changes, the creation of institutions and policy competences different policy area;4. Understand how the EU engages in important bilateral relations as well as make relevant analysis on the EU’s role in the Asia Pacific.
Any 15 points of EURA or EURO at 100-level, OR Any 45 points at 100-level in Arts, Commerce, Law OR Any other 45 points at 100-level with the approval of the Course Coordinator.
EURO 234, and POLS234 after 2013
POLS234 after 2013
Hill, Christopher J. , Smith, Michael;
International relations and the European Union;
Oxford University Press, 2011.
Keukeleire, S. and Delreux, T;
The foreign policy of the European Union;
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $732.00
International fee $2,975.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences.