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The European Neighbourhood Policy


Admission requirements

Registration for the Minor European Union Studies or admission to the pre-master European Union Studies.


Focused on the EU’s relations with its neighbours, in this course students will develop their understanding of the EU as both a regional and an international actor. The underpinning rationale for the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was the desire to eliminate divisions between Europe and its neighbours and to ensure prosperity and security for all. This course evaluates the extent to which these objectives have been achieved and the issues which have led to success or failure for the ENP to date. Key issues that will be identified and examined for their impact upon the ENP relate to policy areas such as energy, trade and security but also include questions of identity and normativity. The scope and limitations of the EU’s policies with its neighbours will be examined and students will identify and assess those issues which explain the gap between the articulation of policy objectives and the successful achievement of them.

Students are required to acquire and develop deep knowledge of at least one arm of the ENP and to be able to demonstrate a wider understanding of the EU and its neighbourhood in respect of issues related to politics and key policies. Students will rely on the literature and insights of Foreign Policy Analysis as well as International Relations theory. They will be required to analyse policy, using the primary resources available to them from the EU’s Europa website. Thus, students will be expected to apply and develop skills acquired in their methods modules.

Course Objectives

  • To introduce students to the EU’s policy in relation to its neighbourhood;

  • For students to draw on theoretical and empirical knowledge and understanding acquired in other courses in order to deepen their understanding of European Studies and/or International Relations;

  • Through analysis of the ENP, to develop students’ ability to understand and analyse European external relations policies more generally and to draw on appropriate resources in order to achieve this;

  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the geopolitics of Europe and the specific concerns of a number of the EU’s neighbours as well as other regional institutional actors.


See website Minor EUS.

Mode of Instruction

Lectures and seminars. In addition, parts of the course will be taught using enquiry-based learning, incorporating independent study, prescribed reading, group discussion, presentations.

Course load

Total course load is 5 ec x 28 hours = 140 hours:
Course participation – attendance is compulsory (8 × 2 hours + 2 × 4 hours = 24 hours);

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature and preparation for the lectures (4 × 12 hours = 48 hours);

  • Preparing for class presentation (8 hours);

  • Researching and writing the policy review [60 hours].

Assessment Method

  • Play active part in class discussions (20%);

  • Presentation 20%;

  • Policy Review 60%.
    The final paper will only be marked if the student has attended the seminars.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


There will be a retake for the Policy Review.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

  • A detailed reading list will be distributed at the start of the course, including compulsory reading for each class;

  • It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with resources available at this website.


Via uSis.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable




Ms. Dr. M.E.L. David