Course code EDS382

EDS382 The Politics and Security of the EU

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Course responsible: Nina Græger
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Emnet starter i Høstparallellen. Emnet har undervisning/vurdering i Høstparallellen.
Course frequency: Even years.
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
M-IR students
Course contents:
The course will provide empirical knowledge and a theoretically informed understanding of European security, the role and politics of the EU, drawing on existing scholarly literature and debates about Europe¿s and especially the EU¿s role and challenges (or decline) in providing security, stability and development inside and beyond Europe¿s borders through: the integration process and institution-building; enlargement, partnerships and neighbourhood policies; civilian and military crisis management and post-conflict engagement; EU development policies; European security strategies and defence cooperation; and the EU¿s relations with other countries and actors (e.g. the BRICS, the MIST, the USA, NATO and the UN).
Learning outcome:

The course will go over 10 weeks (mid-September through mid-November) with 10 lectures (two hours each) , one or two of which will be held by a guest lecturer, and one 2-hour session organized as a seminar in preparation for the home essay. All teaching will be in ENGLISH.

The course seeks to give an advanced, graduate-level introduction to European security and the emergence and expansion of the European Union as a regional and global political actor. It will provide a good overview of the scholarly literature and debates on European security, of how the EU works as a political actor, focusing on its external action dimension, and of more specific issues of relevance to both, such as changing global power shifts, the economic crisis, and political crises or conflicts (e.g. the Kosovo and Libya interventions; the Crimean crisis). Those who complete the course should be able to grasp the main scholarly literature on and debates about European security and the EU as a political actor writ large.

Learning activities:
Lectures and seminars.
Teaching support:
Office hours and procedures are established at the first class meeting. A course schedule is handed out at the same time. 
A literature list will be available in due time before course start.

Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (GSK).

Required pre-knowledge: General knowledge of international relations and international politics.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
A final grade will be assigned at the end of the course. It will be based on two different evaluations, both of which must be passed:A 4-hour school exam (80%) and a home essay of 5 pages on a topic assigned by the course responsible (20 %). Grading A-F. The language of all evaluations is ENGLISH.
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The course will go over 10 weeks (mid-September through mid-November) with 10 lectures (two hours each). 1x2 per week.
One external and one internal examiner will grade term papers and school exam.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått