The EU as a Global Actor

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This major provides students with cutting-edge knowledge on the EU in world affairs and global governance in areas such as sustainable development, energy, trade, economic governance, security, human rights, migration, health, development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Students also gain expertise on EU relations with key global and emerging actors in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, other regional and inter-regional arrangements in Europe and beyond, and international organizations. They investigate the post-colonial heritage in EU external relations and learn to understand the perceptions of the EU by external actors. This major prepares students for careers in EU institutions, the European External Action Service, ministries of foreign affairs, embassies, international organizations, NGOs, think tanks and academia.

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.

  • WINAND P. - The EU as a Global Actor and Comparative Regionalism (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.

  • BÉCHET T. - Politique européenne de coopération au développement et d’aide humanitaire (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • DE SCHUTTER O. - Global Governance for Sustainable Development (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • KÜHN F. - Perspectives in European and International Security (20h, 4 ECTS) (*)
  • FALKENBERG K.-F. - EU Trade Policy (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • FRÖHLICH S. - Transatlantic relations (20h, 4 ECTS) (*)
  • HAUKKALA H. - The EU and Russia (20h, 4 ECTS) (*)
  • ISLAM S. - Asia-EU Relations: Opportunities and Challenges (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)
  • MAYR-HARTING T. - The European Union and Bi- and Multilateral Diplomacy (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

  • WINAND P. & MAASS A.-S. - EU as a Global Actor Research colloquium (0 ECTS)

Compact seminars

  • 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) (*)
  • DIMIER V. - International Public Policies in Africa: Critical Perspectives (10h, 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)
  • LUFF D. - Trade Policy in International Law - Challenges and Options (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • ROTFELD A. - Diplomacy of Security and Arms Control (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • SCOTT-SMITH G. - The Euro-Atlantic Community in a Globalizing World (10h, 0 ECTS)

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


  • DE AREILZA J.M. - Leadership in the European Union (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • LUCAS E. - Journalism and Strategic Communication in a Digital Age (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • TENZER N. - Policy Analysis (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • WIŚNIEWSKI R. - Public Diplomacy (10h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation game

  • OBERTHÜR S. - International Climate Negotiations (10h, 0 ECTS)

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

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