POL40610 EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces students to the foreign, security and defence policy of the European Union. 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 as well as its impact on the foreign, security and defence policies of the Member States. The seminar-based module is structured around student-led presentations, some lectures and moderated discussions. Students are expected to be self-starting, to be willing to use (or to develop) good communications skills, to be willing to engage in 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 assessment basis with a final interactive oral exam.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the foreign, security and defence policy of the European Union. At its conclusion you 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 defence policy. You will also be expected to be able to contextualise and to explain the European Union's capacity as an international actor in these areas. You will also be expected to explain why the EU is deserving of attention in this area and to outline its international role. You should also be prepared to offer an empirically based assessment of the Union's success and/or failure as an international actor and an informed assessment of the critical issues that it faces.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The unit will be taught in two-hour seminars in Trimester Two. 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. The Brightspace system will be used as a support to the module and for students. 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Each student must submit a 1500-2000 word review of an EU foreign policy-based video (debate, conference presentation, webinar). Week 5 n/a Graded No


Attendance: Engagement in discussion and oral presentation, including contributions to in-class discussions, debates and group oral presentations. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Oral Examination: The Interactive Oral Exam (IOE) will be based on a single specific scenario communicated to students in advance. These will be conducted via recorded zoom to an agreed schedule Week 12 n/a Graded No


Group Project: You are required to make an oral seminar presentation on a specified seminar topic, responding to the seminar prompts provided. Depending on class numbers, this will likely entail a group presentatio Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer 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?

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