The European Union in a Multipolar World

Academic year
Subject Area
Political Science
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable.

Teaching Methods

This curricular unit combines the expository method with a more interative component based on the discussion and critical analysis of suggested reading for each topic in the syllabus. The goal is to foster an active learning process complementing the knowledge gained during the semester. In addition, the curricular unit will follow a problem-based learning approach enabling the students to develop case-study analysis skills, via the production and discussion of Policy Reports.

Learning Outcomes

The curricular unit envisages at providing students with the knowledge to understand the main power dynamics of the current International Order. It also aims at enabling students to develop in-depth analysis of the EU's role as an international player, as well as of the most relevant phenomena in the European foreign policy agenda.

With the completion of this curricular unit, students are expected to:

1. Understand and critically analise the main features and power dynamics of the existing Liberal International Order

2. Caracterise the EU as a global power

3. Identify and distinguish the EU's different dimensions and frameworks for action as a global power

4. Understand the role of the European External Action Service in the international projection of the EU

5. Analyse the EU's different strategic partnerships and understand their relevance in consolidating the EU as one of the main powers in the current Liberal International Order. 

Work Placement(s)



1. The Liberal International Order: features and power dynamics

2. The EU and the Processes of international relations

3. The EU's power in World Politics: dimensions and frameworks for action

4. The European External Action Service and the affirmation of the EU as a global power

5. The EU's Strategic Partnerships: towards a new World Order?

Head Lecturer(s)

Vanda Rafaela Amaro Dias

Assessment Methods

Participation: 25.0%
Resolution Problems: 75.0%


Chaban, N., & Holland, M. (Eds.). (2019). Shaping the EU Global Strategy. Palgrave.

Dee, M. (2015). The European Union in a Multipolar World. Palgrave Macmillan.

Hill, C., Smith, M., & Vanhoonaker, S. (2017). International Relations and the European Union. Oxford University Press.

Izuel, E., Costa, O., & Kissack, R. (Eds.). (2016). EU Policy Responses to a Shifting Multilateral System. Palgrave.

Johansson-Nogués, E., Vlaskamp, M., & Barbé, E. (2020). European Union Contested: Foreign Policy in a New Global Context. Springer.

Jones, E.. Menon, A., & Wetherill, S. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of the European Union. Oxford University Press.

Jorgensen, K. et al. (Eds.). (2015). The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy. Sage.

Koops, J., & Macaj, G. (Eds.). (2015). The Europen Union as a Diplomatic Actor. Palgrave.

Spence, D., & Bátora, J. (Eds.). (2015). The European External Action Service. Palgrave.

Westlake, M. (Ed.).(2020).The European Union's New Foreign Policy. Palgrave Macmillan.