External Action of the European Union

leusl2012  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

External Action of the European Union
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Delreux Tom;
Main themes
The course presents an introduction to the foreign policy of the EU, which is broadly defined as the the area of European policies that is directed at the external environment with the objective of influencing that environment and the behaviour of other actors within it, in order to pursue interests, values and goals. It discusses the nature, history, institutional framework and policy-making dynamics of EU foreign policy, followed by an analysis of its four main facets (CFSP, CSDP, external action and the external dimension of internal policies).

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The aim of the course is (1) to understand the significance of the EU as an actor in international affairs; (2) to explore the EU's external action in multiple policy areas (CFSP, CSDP, external action, external dimension of internal policies); and (3) to analyse the various dimensions (institutional, legal, policy outcomes) of the EU's external relations.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
- The nature of EU foreign policy
- Historical overview
- Actors, institutional framework, policy-making, financing
- Key issues
- External action
- External dimension of internal policies
- The EU and multilateral organizations
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Combination of a written exam (70% of the grades) and a paper (30% of the grades). The exam covers all the material discussed during the lectures and presented in the course material.
Other information
Support: book and/or reader with obligatory readings.
Teaching materials
  • Keukeleire S., Delreux T. (2014), The Foreign Policy of the European Union. 2nd edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in European Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General