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European Union and its Neighbours: Politics, Institutions and Instruments


Credits: 4 ECTS

First semester

Elective Courses




Analysts have called the Union’s neighborhood policies ‘laboratories’, for innovative international relations. While most regional powers (e.g. the US, China) are likely to develop special relations with geographically close countries, the EU’s policies toward neighboring countries have been perceived as very different for their attempts to apply non-standard formulas to inter-state relations and (for better or for worse) seeking to chart new roads in global politics.

This course is designed for students interested in EU foreign and security policy towards Western and Eastern European neighbors as well as North Africa and Middle East. We will explore EU policies, politics and instruments towards these countries through the prism of EEAS/EFTA, ‘and the European Neighborhood Policy, Union for the Mediterranean and the Eastern Partnership. The objective of the course is to provide background knowledge, as well as tools for practical analysis, of the main political, economic, legal and institutional objectives and practices of the EU foreign and security policy toward close neighboring countries. The course will also provide ample opportunity for students to engage with the specific domestic and international problems of countries (or statelets) such as Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Norway, Palestinian Authority, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.


The final grade is the sum of the following criteria:

  • Mid-term Essay 40%
  • Final Essay 60%

The Mid-term Essay consists of a 1,500 words essay on the EU’s relations with one country/statelet in the ENP southern neighbourhood. The teacher will provide specific instructions for the essay in beginning of the course.

Final Essay consists of a 2,500 words essay on the EU’s relations with one neighbouring country in Western or Eastern Europe as well as an oral presentation of the draft essay in Session 12. The teacher will provide specific instructions for the essay towards the end of the course.

The classes are based on active learning philosophy (student-centered learning), whereby students assume responsibility for a predominant part of their individual learning experience both inside and outside of the classroom. It should thus be noted that the course objectives can only be achieved if students come prepared to each session in terms of readings and/or assignments, as well as engage actively in each session.

Competences, learning outcomes and teaching activities (PDF)