Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2084: European Union Foreign Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  1. The EU in international relations; evolution of the EU as an international actor
  2. The hybrid nature, actors and instruments of the EU’s foreign policy external action: intergovernmental and communitarian dimensions, external dimension of home affairs
  3. Theorising EU foreign policy and EU role concepts as an international actor
  4. The Europeanisation of national foreign policies
  5. The EU and conflict resolution
  6. EU enlargement as foreign policy and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)
  7. The eastern dimension of the ENP
  8. The southern dimension of the ENP and region-building in the Mediterranean: Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Union for the Mediterranean
  9. Transatlantic relations with the United States
  10. Strategic partnerships and emerging powers: Russia and China
  11. Relations with the developing world: the ACP group
  12. The EU’s role in multilateral global governance: UN, WTO, IMF and climate governance

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures to be supplemented by student group work where students learn from each other through group discussions, individual and collaborative presentations and a simulated negotiation exercise.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity1010 x 1 tutorials
Guided Independent Study 123.5Independent study: 60 hours reading for tutorials; 10 hours team discussions; and 53.5 hours reading and completing assignments.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

European External Action Service website: http://eeas.europa.eu/index_en.htm

Exploring EU Foreign Policy: http://www.eufp.eu/

European Foreign Affairs Review: https://www.kluwerlawonline.com/toc.php?area=Journals&mode=bypub&level=4&values=Journals~~European+Foreign+Affairs+Review

European Council on Foreign Relations: http://www.ecfr.eu/

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – Europe: http://carnegieendowment.org/programs/europe/

EU Observer: https://euobserver.com/

EurActiv: http://www.euractiv.com/

EU Neighbourhood Info Centre: http://www.enpi-info.eu/