Europe in a Globalized World

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 20811

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

Current international events have intensified focus on the European Union¿s role in a globalized world. The standard view presents EU efforts to develop a united and coherent political identity as relatively unsuccessful. A contrasting view has emerged suggesting that the EU has gradually developed a distinctive identity in international affairs, predicated upon an increasing degree of unity on core European norms and values. From this perspective the EU is seen as developing normative power that compares favourably to the US¿s soft (and hard) power. The proposed module will explore these debates over the EU¿s effectiveness as a normative power in its external relations with a number of strategically important areas of the world.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – Presentation (10%), 1 x 4,000 summative essay (50%), plus 2 hour examination (40%)