Not available in 2015/16
IR431      Half Unit
European Union Policy Making in a Global-Context

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Nicola Chelotti CLM 5.06 (MT), CLM 5.08 (LT and ST) and Dr Ulrich Sedelmeier CLM 5.06


This course is available on the MSc in EU Politics, MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po), 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 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 environment on the evolution of common policies and the external impact of EU policies. Topics covered include: the single market; social policy; finance and Economic and Monetary Union; trade policy; foreign and security policy; environmental policy; police cooperation and counter-terrorism; immigration and asylum policy; enlargement and neighbourhood policy.

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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

Charlotte Bretherton and John Volger (2006), The European Union as a Global Actor, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2006); Gerda Falkner and Patrick Mueller (eds) (2014) EU Policies in a Global Perspective (Routledge); Jan Orbie (ed.) 2008) Europe’s Global Role. External Policies of the European Union (Ashgate); John Vogler, Richard G. Whitman and Charlotte Bretherton (forthcoming, February 2015) The External Policies of the European Union (Palgrave); Helen Wallace, Mark Pollack and Alasdair Young (eds.) (forthcoming 2014) Policy-Making in the European Union. 7th ed (Oxford University Press,).


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

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2014/15: 10

Average class size 2014/15: 9

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills