EU Neighbours and the European Neighbourhood Policy

Prof. SCHUMACHER (DE) chairs a high-level conference

This major is destined to take into account the salience of ENP- and EU neighbourhood-related issues and allows students to obtain a better understanding of the EU’s multi-faceted policies towards the 16 countries in the EU’s neighbourhood (East and South). Also, it provides students with an opportunity to capture the political, socio-political, socio-economic, legal, energy- and identity-related developments in the neighbourhood itself. The major is truly interdisciplinary as it draws from EU studies, EU foreign policy analysis, peace and conflict studies, comparative politics, area studies, political economy and energy studies. It benefits from the presence on the Natolin campus of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair – the only academic department world-wide that focuses exclusively on the study of the ENP and the EU’s neighbourhood.

The second semester study trip is an integral part of the academic programme, participation is obligatory and students are expected to attend all related conferences and activities. It counts for 2 ECTS. 

Compulsory core course

The core course characterizes the major and is compulsory.

  • SCHUMACHER T. - The EU's Neighbourhood Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)

Optional specialist courses

In addition to the compulsory core course, students must take five optional specialist courses. In this way, students can shape their chosen major according to their specific interests.

  • CASTELLINO J. & TOFT M. - Minority Issues, Nationalism and Identity Politics in the EU’s Neighbourhood (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • FREIZER S. & DEMMELHUBER T. - Revolution, Democracy and Authoritarianism in the EU's Neighbourhood (20h, 4 ECTS) (*)
  • GASIOREK M. - The Political Economy of the European Neighbourhood Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • HAUKKALA H. - The EU and Russia (20h, 4 ECTS) (*)
  • LANNON E. & MARESCEAU M. - The Legal Dimension of EU Relations with its Neighbours (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • LAVENEX S. & TRAUNER F. - Immigration, Asylum and Border Management in the EU (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • PRODROMOU E. - The Role of Religion in Politics in the EU's Southern Neighbourhood (20h, 4 ECTS) (*)
  • TEOKAREVIC J. - The EU and its Southeast European Neighbours - The Challenge of Balkan Accession (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • TYUSHKA A. & DOBRESCU M. - The EU, the Wider Neighbourhood, and Foreign and Security Policy Cooperation (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • UMBACH F. - EU External Energy Governance (20h, 4 ECTS)

Students can also choose one optional specialist course (maximum) from the list of the European History and Civilization major.

Research colloquium

  • SCHUMACHER T., TYUSHKA A. & DOBRESCU M. - ENP Research colloquium (0 ECTS)

Compact seminars

  • BOURIS D. - The EU and State-Building in the Southern Neighbourhood (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • CEBECI M. - Turkey in Europe: Identity, Politics, Security (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • CONINSX M. - Eurojust and the EU's Response to Terrorism (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • DE SCHUTTER O. - Fundamental Rights in the EU (10h, 0 ECTS) (*)
  • GIRAGOSIAN R. - Political, Economic and Regional Dynamics in the South Caucasus (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • JERMALAVIČIUS T. - Terrorism and Hybrid Warfare (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • LEWIS M.A. - Crimes against Humanity and International Justice (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LONGHURST K. - The EU and the Eastern Partnership: Borders, Cooperation and Integration (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • ROTFELD A. - Diplomacy of Security and Arms Control (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • SAMOKHAVALOV V. - Institutions, Visions, and Technocracy in EU-Ukraine Relations (8h, 0 ECTS) (*)

Students can also choose one compact seminar (maximum) from the list of the European History and Civilization major.


  • LUCAS E. - Journalism and Strategic Communication in a Digital Age (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • NATORSKI M. - The Practices of Project Management in the EU’s Foreign Policy in the Neighbourhood (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • WIŚNIEWSKI R. - Public Diplomacy (10h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation game

  • SCHUMACHER T. & DOBRESCU M. - Conflicts in the Neighbourhood (4h, 0 ECTS)

(*): Shared with the European History and Civilization major.

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