The EU and Globalisation

Subject POLS90011 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject will be taught as an intensive program from 9:00am - 5:00pm on 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2012.
Total Time Commitment: Not available




Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects:

166-544 The EU and Globalisation

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Philomena Murray


Assoc. Prof. Philomena Murray

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on current debates on the European Union (EU) and Globalisation, and examines the EU as an International Actor. It introduces students to concepts of integration: polity, globalisation and model. It applies them to contemporary analytical debates and public discourses on the EU's political development and external reach. It examines the stances of political scientists. sociologists. economists and legal scholars regarding the EU's usefulness as a model of integration. It scrutinizes divergent conceptions of the EU and its political development. It examines globalisation's central place in narratives of European Union development. Much scholarly analysis assumes that European regional economic integration constitutes a model for the rest of the world and a model of social and political governance internationally, based on norms of good governance and democracy and human rights. This is scrutinized in the course. It is expected that the value of interdisciplinary analysis will be illustrated.

  • have an understanding of the contested nature of the European Union's role as an international actor.
  • have a critical understanding of the EU's role in international trade.
  • have an in-depth comprehension of the EU's global agenda.
  • have an analytical knowledge of the EU's promotion of its governance norms.
  • have achieved a critical evaluation of the place of human rights and democracy in the EU's international negotiations and agreements.
  • have an ability to critically evaluate the European Union's Common Foreign and Defence Policy and European Security Strategy.
  • have an understanding of the EU's relations with the United States and with the Asia Pacific, including Australia.
  • have an understanding of contemporary debates on the EU as a model of regional integration.

1. Group Presentation and Individual Written Report of 1000 words, worth 20%. Due during the intensive seminar period;

2. Research Essay of 2000 words, worth 40%. Due end of September;

3. Final Research Essay of 2000 words, worth 40%. Due during examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Lecture/Seminar attendance is compulsory on all 4 days.Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment for this subject.Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment that is submitted after the due date and up to 10 working days late without an approved extension will be marked on a pass/fail basis only. Assessment that is submitted later than 10 working days will not be accepted or marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgements and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of selected methods of analysis of international politics.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Related Course(s): Master of International Business
Master of International Relations
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science
Politics and International Studies

Download PDF version.