European Union is both an international organization of 27 European states and a supranational polity governed by a legislative and judicial bodies guided by the EU law and its founding treaties. Its double nature- an international organization and a supranational polity - is reflected in its foreign policy. The course examines the competencies and functioning of the foreign policy-making bodies of the European Union - the Council, the European Commission and Parliament and the High Representative for Foreign and Security Affairs. In addition, it examines the processes and procedures of foreign-policy decision making, including the role of individual Member States and their governments in the shaping and implementation of the EU foreign policy. Particular attention will be given to separate strands in the EU's foreign policy - its international trade policy, international humanitarian and development aid policies as well as its policies regarding international conflicts such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pre-requisite: None