The European Union and International Relations

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The European Union and International Relations

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course aims at providing an informed understanding of the European Union as an actor in the international arena. The first part looks at how globalisation, the rise of new powers, new security threats, and the expansion of foreign policy agendas have changed the nature of the EU?s action in international politics. The second part looks more specifically to the relations between the EU and the developing world, paying attention to issues such as foreign aid, security and development, trade and development, and the promotion of human rights, democracy, and good governance.
    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    • have a firm command of leading theoretical approaches to European integration and European foreign policy;
    • understand the historical development of the EU as a global actor;
    • evaluate all the policy instruments the EU uses in international politics;
    • appreciate the main factors shaping the main determinants of policy-making and behaviour in European foreign policy;
    • assess the role that the EU plays in various regions of the world.
    • Tutorial participation (10%). Part of the mark would be based on assessment of a presentation or similar, which will be marked by the lecturer. The delivery of the presentation will count into the mark and students will get feedback on it. Adjustments and/or alternative modes of assessment will be available for the participation/presentation elements of assessment for students with disabilities which hinder attendance or prevent public speaking.
    • One essay of between 4,000 and 4,5000 words. (90%).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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