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The University of Southampton

RESM6322 European International Relations: Facing New Challenges DL (PO)

Module Overview

European countries and the European Union (EU) as a collective actor seek to co-shape the international order and forms of global governance. The EU, its member-states and associated countries face new uncertainties and risks, however, from normative and economic to political and security/military challenges and threats. These mark a shift from security to risk since the end of the Cold War which in retrospect appears as a stable environment for Western European international influence in a US-dominated Western world. This module critically examines how to conceptualize Europe’s and the EU’s changing role in international relations. It also addresses Europe’s and the EU’s evolving and sometimes conflictual relations with other states and world regions in an increasingly multipolar world.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss key debates relevant to studying regional power and security in global politics
  • Develop specialised knowledge about European international relations and foreign policy in the context of regionally focused study
  • Distinguish between different analytical approaches for studying power and influence the international order.
  • Apply relevant analytical approaches and specialised knowledge to contemporary policy debates
  • Demonstrate self-directed research and originality in problem solving


Outline syllabus: European Union external relations: contemporary history and institutional framework European Union: civilian power, normative power, superpower? Contemporary risks: new challenges for the EU Europe and the US Europe and Russia Europe and Asia Europe and Africa

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars 22

Independent Study126
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Policy brief  (3000 words) 100%
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