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;

- The aim of the course is to provide students with a thorough empirical knowledge of EU
security policy so as to make them experts in one of the most dynamic areas of European
- equip them with the conceptual tools to examine EU security policy;
- equip them with the cognitive skills to critically engage with the policy domain;
- enable them to develop their own standpoint with regard to the pros and cons of the
institutionalisation of collective European security policy and the challenges and opportunities
faced by the EU as it evolves its international security role.

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. Two oral presentation of assigned texts: 25% each
3. Final quiz: 30%