Foreign Policy of the European Union and Member States

General Information
Lectures and workshops (15 min break), alternating times
dr Joanna Dyduch
Number of Hours: 
Monday 13:15 - 16:30
Monday 16:35 - 19:45
Preliminary requirements: 

Basic knowledge in the field of humanities and international relations

Course Description: 


1. Introduction to foreign policy analysis: approaches, models, technics and methods

2. Europeanisation of  foreign policy – theoretical concept

3. Similarities and differences between the European policy of the Member States and its foreign policy

4.The impact of the Common Foreign and Security Policy on the Member States foreign policy

5. Bilateralism and multilateralism in the concept of EU Member

6. States foreign policy 


1. Foreign Policy of the EU ‘big three’: Germany, Great Britain, France  (individual and common actions)

2. Polish foreign Policy in the context of its EU membership

3. Foreign Policy of selected EU Member States 

Aims of the course: 

Student has basic knowledge in the area of international relations and knows how to locate them in the field of other areas of social and political science

Student has basic knowledge about state as an actor of international relations,  inter-state and international relations, including political and economic problems of the world

Student characterizes facts, determinants and mechanisms of historical evolution of international relations

Student describes the most important integration and disintegration processes in Europe and in the world  


Student can correctly interpret basic phenomena (cultural, political, legal and economic ones) that occur within contemporary international activity of a state

Student can analyze and interpret selected decisions and actions of state authorities in the field of  its foreign policy (both in domestic and international dimension) as well as international institutions towards the states

Student in an objective manner can discuss current discourse on historical or contemporary processes  and support his views with facts and methods of scientific cognition

Student can make a synthesis of various categories of determinants (political, economic, social, demographic, cultural, military, information) in the process of analysis of relations between subjects of international relations


Student is aware of interdisciplinary knowledge in the process of description and explanation of various aspects of issues related to domestic and international policy

Student presents conduct of tolerance, equal chances and holistic perception of the world

Teaching methods: 

Academic lecture, seminar, text analysis, discussion, case studies analysis, work in groups, presentation, paper

Evaluation & Completion: 

For the completion of seminar:

 - preparation of presentation or writing of an essay,

- Active participation in the discussion,

- written test  

For the completion of  lecture:

-       Oral exam consisting of three questions.

Basic Literature: 

Beach D., Analysisng foreign policy, Palgrave Macmillan, London, New York 2012.

Emerson, M., Balfour, R., Corthaut, T., Wouters, J., Kaczyński, P. M., and Renard, T. Upgrading The EU's Role As Global Actor. Institutions, Law and the Restructuring Of European Diplomacy, Centre For European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, 2011.

Tulmets E., East Central European Foreign Policy Identity in Perspective, Back to Europe and the EU’s Neighbourhood, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Ladrech R., Europeanisation and national politics, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 2010.

Łoś-Nowak T. [red.], Polityka zagraniczna. Aktorzy, potencjały, strategie, Wydawnictwo Poltext, Warszawa 2011.

Additional Literature: 

Kaim M., Stelzenmüller C., New Power New Responsibility. Elements of a German foreign and security policy for a changing world, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Berlin 2013.

Kałan D., East of Centre: Can the Visegrad Group Speak with One Voice on Eastern Policy?, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Policy Paper No.5 (53), February 2013,

Lehne S., The big three in EU Foreign Policy, The Carnegie Paper, Washington, July 2012.

Lunn J., Miller V., Smith B., British foreign Policy since 1997, House of Commons Library, Research Paper 08/56, 23 June 2008.

Molina I. [ed.], Towards the strategic renewal of Spain’s foreign policy, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid, March 2014.

Pastore G., Small New Member States in the EU Foreign Policy: Toward ‘Small State Smart Strategy’?, “Baltic Journal Of Political Science”. No 2, December 2013., pp. 67-84.

Rowdybush, B. & Chamorel P., Aspirations and Reality: French Foreign Policy and the 2012 elections, “The Washington Quarterly”, no. 5:1 Winter 2012, Center for Strategic and International Studies, pp. 163-177.