Europe's Relations with the World, 7.5 credits (733A47)

Europe's Relations with the World, 7.5 hp

Course description

Course module in Master's programme in International and European Relations. The central themes of the course are: - divisions of the world and the politics of identity; - EU as a global actor; - EU development policies; - EU and other regions; - foreign policy of the EU.

Main field of study

Political Science


Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Mikael Blomdahl

Course coordinator

Mikael Blomdahl

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - First and main admission round 2 (Spring 2021) v202114-202118 English Linköping o
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 2 (Spring 2021) v202114-202118 English Linköping o

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in International and European Relations

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, in political science, international relations, economics, history, geography, law, media studies, sociology and other social sciences or other disciplinary backgrounds, if applicants can demonstrate ability to develop their potentials in the subject area, 

English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). Exemption from Swedish 3.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • understand and discuss Europe´s relations to the world in the context of theories of the politics of identity;
  • utilise acquired analytical tools to examine contemporary global and especially North−South relationships;
  • critically analyze and discuss possible future developments of the relations between Europe and the developing world and other regions.

Course content

The main themes of the course are:

  • Divisions of the world and the politics of identity;
  • EU as a global actor;
  • EU development policies;
  • EU and other regions;
  • Foreign policy of the EU.

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory.


The course is examined through a combination of compulsory seminars, written essay, and written examination at the end of the course.

Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling


Collste, Göran, (2016) Ethics and communication : global perspectives London ; New York : Rowman & Littlefield International, [2016]

ISBN: 9781783485970,1783485973,9781783485987,1783485981

Mold, Andrew, (2007) EU development policy in a changing world. challenges for the 21st century Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2007.

ISBN: 9053569766

Chapters 1,2, 4, 6, 8, 9

Norberg, Johan, (2016) Progress : ten reasons to look forward to the future London : Oneworld, 2016

ISBN: 9781780749501


Allwood G., Gender aminstreaming and policy coherence for development: unintended gender consequences and EU policy Women’s studies International Forum 39, pp. 42-52
Broberg, M., From colonial power to human rights promoter: on the legal regulation of the European Union's relations with the developing countries Cambridge Review of International Affairs 26(4), 675-687
Clairzier, P., Paths to development through trade: EU-Led trade liberalization vs south-south cooperation Socialism and Democracy (Socialism and Democracy, July 2011, 25(2):64-80)
Gratius, S., EU democracy promotion in Latin America: More a tradition than a policy European Foreign Affairs Review (European Foreign Affairs Review, 2011, 16(5):689-703)
Howorth, J., EU global strategy in a changing world: Brussels’ approach to the emerging powers Contemporary Security Policy (Contemporary Security Policy, 1 September 2016, 37(3):389-401)
Jain, R. K., Pandey, S., The European Union in the eyes of India ASIA EUROPE JOURNAL 8(2):193-209 2010
Michalski, A., Pan, Z., Role Dynamics in a Structured Relationship: The EU–China Strategic Partnership Journal of Common Market Studies (Journal of Common Market Studies, 1 May 2017, 55(3):611-627)
Wouters, J., Natens, B., Goddeeris, I., Ciortuz, F., Some Critical Issues in the EU-India Free Trade Agreement Negotiations European Law Journal (European Law Journal, 1 November 2014, 20(6):848-869)


Latin America between the new and the old: relations to old and emerging powers

Domínguez Edme, Adriana Salazar. (2013). Report commissioned by the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten). Tsaloa Latinamerika kunskapsföretag.

The Global Game has changed: What Role for Europe- Africa Relations?

EARN (2014). Online Publication. Edited by Patrícia Magalhães Ferreira. Europe-Africa Policy Research Network.

The paradox of EU-India relations: Missed opportunities in politics, economics, development cooperation, and culture.

Wülders, S. (2010). Rowman & Littlefield. E-book.

Trade liberalization, gender equality, police space: the case of the contested EU-India

Wichterich Christa and Kalyani Menon-Sen. (2009).

PAPE Final Paper EC 4.5 credits
SEM2 Seminars EC 3 credits

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