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Europeanisation of CSM


Admission requirements

Course for students enrolled in Master’s programme Crisis and Security Management.


In a globalized world, security concerns and crises are no longer exclusively managed by states. Multilateral cooperation, international laws and policies address cross-border phenomena ranging from cyber security, organized crime, human trafficking, illegal migration, to floods, nuclear incidents and international terrorism. The internationalization of crisis and security management, however, raises questions concerning national sovereignty, the rule of law and accountability.

From an academic perspective, this course addresses contemporary cross-border security issues as well as the measures taken by a variety of actors in the context of the European Union (EU) to deal with those issues. The focus is thus on the Europeanization of Crisis and Security Management: the historical trajectory of both internal and external European Union security policies, institutions and practices to deal with cross-border security problems as well as the tensions this creates between the national and the EU level.

Course objectives

  1. Students are able to point out the longer historical trajectories of the European Union’s security cooperation and differentiate between communitarian and intergovernmental forms of cooperation and their consequences in terms of transparency, accountability and the power divisions between the main EU institutions as well as the EU Member States
  2. Students are able to describe the intermingling between the internal and external dimension of security and its consequences for the institutional structure of the European Union in terms of cooperation, coordination, power divisions and actors involved
  3. Students are able to map the main actors in the European Union’s security architecture and analyze and compare these actors in terms of their interests and competencies
  4. Students are able to identify relevant primary and secondary sources for the purposes of research on the European Union’s security cooperation and show an understanding of the challenges in terms of validity and reliability of different sources
  5. Students are able to translate the main academic notions on the European Union’s security cooperation into relevant research questions
  6. Students are able to assess academic literature and undertake independent academic research on an example of the European Union’s security cooperation by applying theories and concepts central to this course and report the findings in a way compatible with the standards of academic writing


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

This course consists of seven lectures.

Participation in lectures, discussions and exercises is required in order to obtain a grade. One lecture may be missed.

Course Load

Total study load 140 hours:

  • Contact hours: 21

  • Self-study hours: reading, preparing lectures, assignments, etc.: 119.

Assessment method

Students need to hand in:

  • Mid-term. Written exam on the basis of the literature of lecture one and two. The exam will consist of several essay questions and multiple choice (25% of the final grade).

  • Final assignment. Research paper (75% of the final grade).

There will be sanctions (point reductions) for late hand-ins of papers and other assignments.

Compensation rule: Only assessments with a weight of 30% and lower are compensable. This means that one does not have to pass an assessment if it weighs less than 30% in order to pass the course, if the average of all assessments combined is at least a 5.5. In addition, assignments with less than 30% are not re-sitable, meaning that if one fails an assessment of less than 30%, one is not allowed to redo it.

The resit takes the same form.


The corresponding Blackboard course will be available one week prior to the start of the course.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.


Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.

Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted there.


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