The EU in the World

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Karen Smith CBG.10.04


This course is available on the MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi), MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Global Politics, 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 The Global Political Economy of China and Europe (LSE and Fudan) and MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. This course is not available as an outside option.


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 LSE for You. Admission is not guaranteed. 


Some basic knowledge of International Relations as an academic discipline is desirable, together with some acquaintance with the general evolution of world politics over the last one hundred years. 

Course content

The development of the external activities of the European Communities, now the European Union, since 1957, including the development of European Political Cooperation and the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and trade and development policy. The relationship between the member states and these external activities, in particular the impact of the evolution of EU institutions and policies on national foreign policies.  Relations between the EU and non-EU states and regions, including the United States, Russia, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.


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This course is delivered through a combination of seminars and lectures totalling a minimum of 40 hours across Michaelmas and Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of online lectures and in-person classes/classes delivered online. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT and 1 essay in the LT.

Students are expected to submit two 2,000-word essays during the course, to be marked by seminar leaders. .

Indicative reading

Christopher Hill and Michael Smith (eds), International Relations and the European Union, 3rd edition, OUP, 2017

Amelia Hadfield, Ian Manners, and Richard Whitman, eds, Foreign Policies of EU Member States, Routledge 2017

Reuben Wong and Christopher Hill, eds, National and European Foreign Policy, Routledge 2011

Karen E. Smith, European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World, 3rd edition, Polity Press,2014

Stephan Keukeleire and Tom Delreux, The Foreign Policy of the European Union, 2nd edition,Palgrave, 2014


Take-home assessment (100%) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2016/17 - 2018/19 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 10.3
Merit 50
Pass 37.5
Fail 2.2

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2019/20: 16

Average class size 2019/20: 8

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: One Unit

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