Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Security Policy in the European Union
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 3,000 word essay  50%
Semester Assessment 1 x 3,000 word essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Describe and assess differing conceptualisations of Europe's role in security
- Describe and evaluate the changing nature of EU power
- Identify and investigate the extent to which, and how, the EU is seeking to promote its values and principles on a global basis
- Critically analyse the contending approaches to security and liberty in Europe
- Demonstrate through written work and seminar discussion an ability to analyse and synthesise the key contemporary security issues in Europe

Brief description

This module provides a comprehensive understanding and analysis of the changing nature of security within Europe. In particular, it examines key aspects in the development of external and internal security policies within the European Union and their interconnections


This module aims to provide a comprehensive examination and analysis of the development, obstacles and prospects facing EU security policy. It aims to develop an in depth knowledge of the EU's conceptualisation of security and its roles and capabilities in the international arena.


The course explores the conceptual, political, institutional, civilian and military aspects of the European Union's security policies, as well as its effect on and relations with other states.

Part One: Conceptualising Europe
- The Boundaries of Europe: Enlargement
- Europe as a 'security community'
- Europe: What Kind of Power? Civilian, normative, ethical?

Part Two: The EU and International Security
- CFSP: Regional or Global actor?
- ESDP: The Militarisation of the EU?
- ESDP Operations: bringing the civilian back in?
- The European Security Strategy: A Useful framework?

Part Three: Security versus Liberty
- Fortress Europe? Asylum and immigration in Europe
- Europe and the 'War on Terror'
- The Merging of Internal and External security

Transferable skills

Throughout the module students will enhance and refine their oral and written communication skills through seminars and essays. The module should enable students to develop rigorous analytical and research capabilities and demonstrate a strong ability to critically assess information and provide concise appraisals. In the seminars the students will have the opportunity to enhance their group participation, presentation and debating abilities. Finally, they should also be able to further improve their time and project management skills and strengthen their IT skills for both research and the presentation of material.


This module is at CQFW Level 7