INRL30400 EU Foreign Policy: understanding how the European Union and its member states engage with the world

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module offers an exploration of the derivation, development and practice of the EU as a global actor, with a particular focus on contemporary challenges and crises. Students will gain a detailed insight into the Union’s place in the contemporary world and its efforts to define its own place within a rapidly evolving global order. This will include an analysis of EU foreign policy strategy, policy making and economic, political and military interventions. It is intended that this module will provide a solid theoretical and empirical grounding for further advanced study, and will encourage students to compare and to evaluate critically competing understandings of the Union’s role in the world.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the evolution, formation and implementation of EU foreign policy.
• Debate and discuss these policies as they relate to a number of significant contemporary challenges.
• Evaluate and apply the major theoretical approaches in International Relations to EU policies.
• Understand the construction of the European Union's foreign policy.
• Critically analyse EU foreign policy through contrasting perspectives and utilising detailed empirical material.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be taught in a Problem Based Learning (PBL) format with a mix of lectures and group work. All students are expected to read the specified material for each lecture/seminar, undertake active learning as part of the PBL framework, and reflect critically on reading and research. The BrightSace system will be used as a support to the module. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Journal: Each student will submit a fortnightly 200-300 word learning journal. A final Journal will reflect on both their own learning, and their working experience. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Student engagement and participation will be assessed through records of attendance, my professional assessment and by self and peer review within your teams. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: A series of three team assignments will be undertaken and will each comprise a 2,500 word written submission and oral presentation. Each of these three assignments will account for 20 percent. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Journal entries will not be graded but feedback will be provided on a selection thereof. Students will then submit a final Reflective Learning Journal Essay which will reflect on both their own learning, their working experience in teams and how these have impacted them.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 09:00 - 10:50