Not available in 2013/14
IR431      Half Unit
European Union Policy Making in a Global-Context

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr. Nicola Chelotti, CLM 5.06


This course is available on the MSc in International Affairs (LSE and Peking University), MSc in International Relations, MSc in International Relations (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Relations (Research), MSc in International Relations Theory, MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union, MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy) and MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

All students are required to obtain permission from the Teacher Responsible by completing the Student Statement box on the online application form linked to course selection on LSE4You. Admission is not guaranteed.

Course content

The course places the development of EU policy-making in its international context. It examines the impact of the external factors on the evolution of common policies and the external impact of common policies. The USA and West European regional integration; the single market and social policies; finance and Economic and Monetary Union; trade policy; the pursuit of a common foreign policy, with a security and defence dimension; environmental policy; police cooperation and counter-terrorism, immigration and asylum policy; enlargement as a policy and a process. Watch a short introductory video on this course:


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Seminar presentations are allocated at the first meeting of the seminar. Two 2,000-word essays are set and marked by the seminar teacher.

Indicative reading

No single book is exactly coterminous with the syllabus. The following are useful introductions: Charlotte Bretherton and John Volger, The European Union as a Global Actor, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2006); Christopher Hill and Michael Smith (Eds.), International Relations and the European Union (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition 2010); Helen Wallace, Mark Pollack and Alasdair Young (Eds.), Policy-Making in the European Union. 6th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2010).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 7
Merit 49.3
Pass 40.8
Fail 2.8

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2012/13: 13

Average class size 2012/13: 7

Value: Half Unit

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