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The ever-increasing involvement of the European Union in international affairs has been one of the significant trends of the first decade of the 21st century. Covering a broad range of activities from foreign policy issues to those concerning trade, development, human rights or energy, the characterization of the EU however varies significantly – are we seeing a “superpower in the making”, a toothless “civilian power” or a “normative power” beyond it’s own borders?The course encourages students to think critically about the EU's role in international relations. In the first part, it explores and discusses competing interpretations of the “nature of the beast” based on respective theoretical accounts. Institutions and processes that surround the EU’s foreign policy activities are addressed in the second part of the course. The third part provides the opportunity to actively scrutinize areas of key policy substance, particularly taking into account the EU’s relationships with so-called „emerging powers“.
Teil I des Sammelbandes von Hill und Smith (2011) "Internationale Beziehungen und der Europäischen Union" [Oxford: Oxford University Press] wird dringend als einführende Lektüre empfohlen.
Das Seminar beginnt um 8.30 Uhr (s.t.!) und endet um 10 Uhr!
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