Monash University Handbooks 2008

EUM4160 - The European Union and the World

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Pascaline Winand


Caulfield First semester 2008 (On-campus block of classes)


As a powerful trade negotiator, a leading player in the environmental, development aid, and human rights fields, and a growing political and strategic presence in the world, the European Union is increasingly recognized as a force for global stability and security. Students will explore the EU's relations with non-EU countries, and its roles and legal status in the international system. They will be introduced to the institutional framework and policies of EU external relations. Special emphasis will be placed on the relations of the EU with Asia, the US, Australia, Africa and Russia. The unit will further examine the status of the EU and its member states in international organizations.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be expected to demonstrate:

  1. a developed understanding of the conceptual difficulties associated with the study of the EU's external relations;
  2. informed appreciation of the EU's role as an actor and presence in world affairs;
  3. understanding of the major theoretical debates about ways of analysing EU external policy and the roles of the EU in world affairs;
  4. understanding of the institutions, processes and policies of EU external relations;
  5. knowledge of EU relations with Asia, Oceania, the United States, Africa, Russia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Central and South America, and other countries and regions;
  6. understanding of the status and role of the EU in key international organizations;
  7. strong skills in the critical reading of a variety of texts and the academic scholarship based upon these texts;
  8. strong skills in critical oral and written assessment of the academic scholarship, including methods, assumptions and uses of evidence, and in organising and defending a verbal and written argument based upon those assessments;
  9. a capacity to devise, plan and successfully complete a research essay;
  10. a capacity to reflect upon and make critical use of a range of resources including, where relevant, on-line materials;


A critical review of articles and books relevant to a seminar theme, given first as a seminar presentation: 20%; The seminar presentation will then be revised into a written research paper in light of seminar group comments and an assessment by the coordinator (2500 words): 40%; A reflective response to a set question, in a take-home examination (2000 words, 40%) - 2000 words 40%

Contact hours

22 hours per semester offered in block mode



[an error occurred while processing this directive]