STV4229B – Foreign Policy Analysis: The European Union

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Course content

This course analyses the role of the EU in Foreign policy, broadly conceived. We examine the actors and main issue areas in this Field, looking at the changes in recent years away from what seemed to be a Development towards integration in this Field to a much more intergovernmental situation today.

The EU is in a general economic and Institutional crisis, and the much-touted common Security policy seems to be relegated to the back burner. Yet the EU is now the main actor in the sanctions against Russia occasioned by the Ukraine crisis, yet it cannot develop a Close Institutional relationship With NATO.

This course examines the recent  Developments of Foreign policy in and around the EU (after the Lisbon treaty 2010) and seeks to find out which theories of Foreign policy are most fruitful in understanding the political Dynamics of the current Developments.

Is EU Foreign policy merely interngovernmental? The answer to this is no, yet some members states, in particular Germany, plays the key role. The course analyses the major member states, Germany, France, and the UK, as well as the EU institutions' roles in Foreign policy-making.

Learning outcome


You will:

  • become well acquainted with how the EU Works in Foreign policy, its role and that of the major member states Germany, France, and the UK
  • develop knowledge about the main policy substance as well as relevant FP theory


You will:

  • be able to discuss and analyse the above at an Advanced Level, something important Beyond the EU, e.g. in Norway, which depends on the EU very much in its Foreign Policy


You will:

  • obtain In-Depth Knowledge of the EU and its Foreign Policy


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Apply for guest student status if you are admitted to another Master's programme.

For incoming students

All Master's courses in Political Science must be registered manually by the Department, they will not appear in Studentweb. Contact your international coordinator at UiO.


10 lectures will be given. The lectures are held intensively for a period of 5 weeks, with the exam in the sixth week.


One written essay (10-15 pages in length), and a 3-hour written exam.

In order to receive a passing grade on the essay, your topic will have to reflect the course readings and curriculum. All chosen topics should be approved by the course instructor before the deadline.

The final exam counts 60 percent of the grade, and in order to pass the course, your essay and your written exam must be passed in the same semester as the course is taught. You will receive one overall grade for the course.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for explanation of your grade in this course

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


This course is evaluated half way through every semester and every four year the course undergoes a thorough evaluation.

An external auditor regularly evaluates the academic quality of the course and he/she makes a written report every year.

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This course is not given on a regular basis


This course is not given on a regular basis

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