POL40610 EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module introduces students to the concepts behind security as applied within Europe. It briefly reviews the development of Europe's security architecture before proceeding to analyse in some depth the goals, capacity and profile of the European Union as an international actor in the field of foreign, security and defence policy. The seminar-based module is structured around student-led presentations, lectures, moderated discussions and a role play exercise. Students are expected to be self-motivated, to be willing to use (or to develop) good communications skills, to be willing to engage within a cooperative, collegial and mutually-supportive learning environment and to be willing to prepare for seminars through extensive reading and research. Assessment will be made by a variety of means on a continuous asssessment basis.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At its conclusion students will be expected to be able to explain the theoretical bases of international security policy in the post-Cold War context of European foreign, security and defense policy. They will also be expected to be able to contextualise and to explain the European Union's capacity as an international actor. They will also be expected to explain why the EU is deserving of attention in this area and its international role. Students should finally be able to prepare an empirically-based assement of the Union's success and/or failure as an international actor and an informed assessment of the critical global issues that it faces.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The unit will be taught in two-hour seminars in Semester Two. Seminars will be structured around group presentations, moderated discussions and lectures. All students are expected to; read the required reading and some supplementary reading, reflect critically on this reading in the light of the oral presentations, adopt an analytical and collegial approach in seminar discussions and presentations, use the internet to access a sample of web-based resources available. 
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
Attendance: Active Engagement and class participation Week 12 n/a Graded No


Essay: Research Paper Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Group Project: Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Review Article Week 5 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
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?

Written feedback is provided on submitted written work and to group presentations.

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) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 09:00 - 10:50