The EU's Role in Global Governance

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

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Elective course

Mandatory elective course for Munuds and for MAIPA

Governance Specialization, Development Specializations for DPP

The European Union is trying to establish itself as an independent actor in the global system. In doing so, it does not see itself as simply another power alongside the already established major powers. Without real statehood in the classical sense and without the ability to project power, it sees itself first and foremost as a central actor for the promotion of global public goods. It strives to spread its unique model of governance globally. If the EU succeeds, new perspectives for promoting global public goods will emerge. If it fails, the countries of Europe will be left with few options for global influence. In this course, we explore the EU's ambitious self-image and subject it to critical scrutiny, taking external views into account. We will look at different global policy fields and explore the respective role the EU plays. Our aim is to arrive at a realistic assessment of the 'EU model' and to derive analytical and practical implications for global public policy.

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Students acquire basic knowledge of the EU's self-perception, both from the perspective of European policy makers and from the perspective of academic contributions. Students get to know different global policy fields in their respective outlines and understand the role of the EU in these fields. They acquire the capability to classify and critically question the scientific literature with regard to its assumptions and methodology. They are able to make an independent and scientifically sound contribution to the conversation about the global role of the EU.


Students are expected to attend the course regularly, prepare the required reading, actively participate in seminar and group discussions, co-chair a session and present a research paper. At the end, students submit an essay of 3000 words. Deadline for the essay is [...]. Extensions can only be granted with a written medical certificate.
Role of co-facilitators and presenters: Each student will choose one session to co-chair and present (if there is more than one student, this will be one group). The presentation should be a paper specified for each session (15 minutes). As co-moderators, the students will help shape the respective session. This includes an introductory discussion at the beginning of each session (for example, by briefly summarising the central points of the reading) on the topic and the compulsory texts, as well as the preparation of questions for the general discussion, which should last 30 minutes.
All written assignments must be submitted on the CEU e-learning platform for the course. The final grade is composed as follows:
Course co-moderation and presentation: 25%
Perusal contribution: 15%
Final essay: 60%