EU`s Foreign Policy (IR411) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
EU`s Foreign Policy IR411 3 0 0 3 4
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gözde Yılmaz
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course aims to introduce the key concepts and practices of EU foreign policy. It covers historical development and current stage of EU’s foreign policy, and main arenas that EU’s foreign policy targets.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To understand key concepts in EU foreign policy
  • To become familiriazed with the historical development and current stage of EU’s foreign policy
  • To acquire knowledge on main arenas of EU’s foreign policy.
Course Content EU's common foreign and security policy and its relations with different regions in the world.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to the Course None
2 Historical Overview: European Foreign Policy Bindi (2007), Chapter 1
3 The EU’s Foreign Policy after Lisbon Treaty Bindi (2007), Chapter 2
4 The Common Foreign and Security Policy Keukelerie and MacNaughtan (2014) Chapter 6
5 The European Security and Defence Policy Bindi (2007), Chapter 3
6 Midterm Exam None
7 The Main Arenas of EU Foreign Policy: Central and East Europe, Common wealth of Independent States, Mediterranean Region, Africa Keukelerie and MacNaughtan (2014) Chapter 10
8 The Main Arenas of EU Foreign Policy: Russia Bindi (2007), Chapter 7
9 The Main Arenas of EU Foreign Policy: Ukraine Thomas (2011), Chapter 3
10 The Main Arenas of EU Foreign Policy: Turkey Thomas (2011), Chapter 7
11 The Main Arenas of EU Foreign Policy: Balkans Bindi (2007), Chapter 9
12 The Main Arenas of EU Foreign Policy: Iraqi War Thomas (2011), Chapter 11
13 The Main Arenas of EU Foreign Policy: Middle East Bindi (2007), Chapter 12
14 The Main Arenas of EU Foreign Policy: Middle East Bindi (2007), Chapter 12
15 General Summary None
16 Final Exam None


Course Book 1. Bindi, F. (ed.) (2007) The Foreign Policy of the European Union Assessing Europe’s Role in the World. Brookings Institution Press.
2. Thomas, D.C. (ed.) (2011) Making EU Foreign Policy National Preferences, European Norms and Common Policies. Palgrave Macmillan.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 10
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 50
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Acquiring the skills of understanding, explaining, and using the fundamental concepts and methodology of international relations X
2 Acquiring the skills of analyzing international relations from a theoretical level X
3 Having adequate knowledge about history of international relations and being able to analyze historical processes, events and international actors X
4 Acquiring the ability to make logical interpretations about the contemporary either global, regional or national actors and their future positions X
5 Acquiring the ability to have an interdisciplinary perspective that synthesizes other disciplines to IR X
6 Developing necessary quantitative and qualitative research skills in International Relations X
7 Having ability to express herself/himself with regard to disciplinary issues X
8 Having the ability of reaching relevant sources and knowing the way she/he uses particular knowledge X
9 Having the ability of analytical thinking, critical analysis and developing rational argument X
10 Being able to use English for everyday conversations as well as in an advanced level for professional purposes. X
11 Having a responsible perspective in parallel with ethical principles and having necessary knowledge about ethical liability. X
12 Understanding the importance of lifelong learning, accessing information, following contemporary events and developments in scientific community and having the ability of renewing herself/himself in accordance with it. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 15 15
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 125