The EU in International Affairs

Subject POLS90011 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 06-Aug-2016 to 21-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Aug-2016
Census Date 02-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 14-Oct-2016

This subject will run from 9am until 5pm on each scheduled day

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is comprised of seminars and workshops delivered as an intensive over 4 days (approx 30 hours total)
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects: None
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:


Prof Philomena Murray


Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on current debates on the European Union (EU) as an International Actor in foreign policy, diplomacy and trade. It introduces students to conceptual and analytical debates and public discourses on the EU's political development and external role. It examines the context of its current crisis. It scrutinizes divergent conceptions of the EU and its international role and 'actorness'. It examines globalisation's place in narratives of European Union development.The challenges of leadership and coherence in EU foreign policy are examined. It is expected that the value of interdisciplinary analysis will be illustrated. The EU's engagement with the US; MIddle East; the Asia Pascific and Austalia is examined.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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 Foreign, Defence and Security policies;
  • have an understanding of the EU's relations with the United States and with the Asia Pacific, including Australia;
  • Policy Presentation and Individual Written Report of 1000 words (20%) due during the intensive teaching period;
  • Policy Brief of 2000 words (40%) due mid-semester;
  • Final Research Essay of 2000 words (40%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Lecture/Seminar attendance is compulsory for all classes. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Extensive online resources.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations

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