Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

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

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1  3000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Essay 2  3000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1  3000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2  3000 Words  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 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

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Creative Problem Solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of the essays will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The need to research and prepare for seminars will also enable students to develop independent project skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; reason logically; construct theoretical models


This module is at CQFW Level 7