EU Security Policy

Course Description: 

The course focuses on key topics of contemporary European security policy, with a clear focus on the EU. The course will examine concepts & theories used to make sense of EU security policy; the European External Action Service (EU diplomatic service); big & small states in EU security policy; EU strategy; resilience as a principle of EU security policy; governance of EU security missions; EU & the securitisation of refugees; EU – Russia relations; Islamic terror & EU counter-terrorism; NATO. 

Learning Outcomes: 

-          By the end of the course students will have the factual knowledge to understand and discuss the key actors, institutions, decision-making processes, policies and achievements/failures of European security policy;

-          distinguish between facts and opinions concerning Europe’s quest for its own international security role;

-          compare, contrast and evaluate different accounts of the driving forces behind the EU security policy and the determinants of its policy processes;

-          critically reflect upon and evaluate EU interventions abroad.


The final grade is made up of the following components:

  1. Seminar attendance (mandatory) and participation: 20%
  2. One oral presentation of assigned texts: 20%
  3. One paper on presentation – 2000 words: 30%
  4. Final quiz: 30%