Europe's Relations with the World, 7.5 credits

Europe's Relations with the World, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Lars Niklasson

Course coordinator

Lars Niklasson

Director of studies or equivalent

Albin Algotson

Available for exchange students



Albin Algotson, Director of studies

Viktoria Boiardt, Study advisor

ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2024 202414-202418 English Linköping, Valla
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2024 202414-202418 English Linköping, Valla

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • 180 ECTS credits passed with 90 ECTS credits passed in one of the following subject areas: Political Science, International relations, Business Administration, Economics, History, Law, Sociology, or another relevant discipline
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6)
    Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • understand and discuss Europe´s relations to the world in the context of theories of the politics of identity;
  • utilise acquired analytical tools to examine contemporary global and especially North−South relationships;
  • critically analyze and discuss possible future developments of the relations between Europe and the developing world and other regions. 

Course content

The main themes of the course are:

  • Divisions of the world and the politics of identity;
  • EU as a global actor;
  • EU development policies;
  • EU and other regions;
  • Foreign policy of the EU. 

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory. 


The course is examined through a combination of compulsory seminars, written essay, and written examination at the end of the course.

Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is conducted in such a way that there are equal opportunities with regard to sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEM2 Seminars 3 credits EC
PAPE Final Paper 4.5 credits EC


Latin America between the new and the old: relations to old and emerging powers

Domínguez Edme, Adriana Salazar. (2013). Report commissioned by the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten). Tsaloa Latinamerika kunskapsföretag.

The Global Game has changed: What Role for Europe- Africa Relations?

EARN (2014). Online Publication. Edited by Patrícia Magalhães Ferreira. Europe-Africa Policy Research Network.

The paradox of EU-India relations: Missed opportunities in politics, economics, development cooperation, and culture.

Wülders, S. (2010). Rowman & Littlefield. E-book.

Trade liberalization, gender equality, police space: the case of the contested EU-India

Wichterich Christa and Kalyani Menon-Sen. (2009).

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