European Internal Security and Foreign Affairs

Course NameEuropean Internal Security and Foreign Affairs
Course CodeIRS231
DescriptionThis course aims to provide students an advanced knowledge of the European Internal Security and Foreign Affairs. It will focus on the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, its opportunities and challenges, in particular on Schengen area, Police and Justice Cooperation, common asylum policy, the fight against organized crime, corruption, illegal migration and Union’s role in the global context. The course will cover the procedures, instruments, actions and existing partnerships in these policy areas as well as provide an overall assessment of these policies within the general European integration framework. Throughout the course, students will be asked to read, analyze and critically reflect on various questions related to the EU´s Internal and External Policy, its geographic scope; the values it declares and supports; its efficiency and areas for improvement.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Comprehend and have a clear understanding of the dynamics behind the EU´s Internal Security and External Policies, its role as a global actor, including the EU´s internal procedures and legal basis of its internal and external security policy;
– Place in context and lend perspective to relevant EU actors and their areas of competence;
– Apply theoretical perspectives of International Relations/European Studies to the EU´s role and actions;
– Understand and analyze the EU´s role vis-à-vis its strategic partners as well as other actors in global politics;
– Critically examine concrete areas of the EU’s Internal Security particularly: the Schengen Area, Common Asylum Policy, Police and Justice cooperation, etc.;
– Critically examine specific cases of the EU’s Foreign Policy, particularly in its neighbourhood, in the Middle East, in Asia etc.;
– Evaluate the efficiency of Europe´s approach and action in global politics and suggest a way forward by using, among other sources, core readings and class debates.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS