The EU in a Globalised World

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

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Julian Pänke

Current international events have intensified a focus on the European Union’s role in a globalised world. The standard view presents EU efforts to develop a united and coherent response to present challenges (conflicts in the Eastern and Southern neighbourhood, migration, Trump’s America, Xi Jinping’s China) as relatively unsuccessful. Contrasting views have emerged suggesting that the EU remains an economic superpower and has gradually developed a distinctive identity in international affairs, predicated upon a set of core European norms and values. The module will explore these debates over the EU's effectiveness as a normative power in a variety of policy areas and regions 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 in the international arena.
  • Produce a Country Report on an EU member state, which critically recognises the complexities of multi-level European decision making in a globalised world.
  • Engage in a simulation exercise of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council discussing an adequate Union response to Russia’s policies in the Eastern neighbourhood; thereby creating a unified EU policy approach.

Assessment (from 2018-19)

  • 1x 1000 word Literature Summary (30%)
  • 1x 2000 word Country Report (50%)
  • 1 x  performance in simulation (20%)