European Union Foreign and Security Policy

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

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Julian Pänke

Current international events have intensified focus on the European Union's role in a globalised 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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able: 

  • To demonstrate knowledge and engage in scholarly enquiry on Europe's role as a key player on the international arena
  • To demonstrate a critical appreciation of the complexities involved in Europe's role in a globalized world
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the European political integration process as a background to the current role of the European Union as an international actor


  • 1 x 2,000 word country report (35%)
  • 1 x written literature summary (15%)
  • 3 hour examination (50%)

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The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.