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EU as an International Actor


The module will provide students with the necessary conceptual and empirical perspectives regarding the EU’s international role. In doing so, it will provide  a detailed understanding of the EU’s role as a global and regional actor, the areas in which the Union acts as a single actor, and those in which the Member States maintain their autonomy.

In order to analyse the role of the EU as an international actor, we will focus on a number of different aspects including trade, enlargement, foreign and security policy, immigration, development and military. At the end of this module, students will develop a specialist and critical knowledge of the EU’s relations with its major international partners and will be able to reflect on some the current external challenges for the EU.

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