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EU as a global actor

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Mixed time
Location independent
Study form
Application open
Application code
Full education cost: 10 875 SEK
First payment: 10 875 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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This course provides for a multidisciplinary understanding of the European Union’s role in the world and draws on a range of approaches in the social sciences and the humanities. It provides for an assessment of the international significance of European integration, the impact of global developments on Europe, and the changing role of the EU in the new world order.

Three policy fields will be in particular focus in relation to the EU’s global actorness: security, trade, and migration. Teaching will be constructed along these three conceptual dimensions and includes a consideration of the broadening concept of security and the security strategies of EU member states and institutions; the changing presence of the EU in the global political economy; and the impact of international migration on European societies.

The main format for the course is web-based distance learning, part-time, in English. The main forms of instruction are lectures, seminars, and assigned readings. This will be combined with assignments and peer feedback.

Prerequisites and selection


Admission to the course requires a Bachelor’s degree (180 credits) or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years documented full time work experience in the field of European Affairs, in a wide sense, as well as current full time employment in this field. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

After this course you are able to, for example:

  • Analyze the political development of the EU as a global actor.
  • Critically assess the utility of different theoretical and methodological approaches tothe study of the EU’s global actorness in the fields of security, trade and migration.