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DAFF 2985A - Europe in the World: Actors, Structures, and Processes

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The European Union, home to more than 500 million people, is a significant player in the international system. Together, the 28 (soon 27?) European Member States account for an estimated 30 per-cent of global wealth and are the world's first exporter of goods and services. As a civil power, Europe is also the world's largest donor of development assistance and has developed a diplomatic service that maintains a network of more than 139 delegations around the world. While there is no denying that Europe matters on the international scene, the European Union also remains a divided actor, with its Member States pursuing agendas of their own and even acting in open contradiction to one another and the Union's common agenda. These discrepancies invite us to question the different actors, structures, and processes that account for European action abroad. We will begin by defining this unique political entity on the international scene. After a brief overview of the different institutions that make and shape European foreign policy, we will then delve into the various policy areas that fall in the realm of European external action. We will question Europe's trade, aid, and neighborhood policies and put particular emphasis on Europe's changing role as a security actor in the world. Throughout the course, you will acquire a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the context of European policy-making.


ERFORTH, Benedikt (Doctorant en Sciences Politiques/ Teaching Fellow)

Required reading

Bretherton, Charlotte, and John Vogler. 2010. The European Union as a Global Actor. 2nd ed., London: Routledge

Additional required reading

Smith, Karen Elizabeth. 2011. European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World. 2nd ed., Reprinted. Cambridge: Polity