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INTR13-314: The New Europe


This subject provides students with an understanding of the political, strategic and economic factors underlying wider Europe and the way Europe interacts with the adjacent regions. Profound changes have shaped contemporary European affairs since 1989. The fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe and the emergence of a single European Union have changed the face of global politics and economics. With the expansion of the EU eastwards, new challenges faced Europe as it sought to integrate diverse cultures, create shared foreign policy positions, and enhance its own defence and security. Issues of national identity, social diversity, and divergent views on integration, however, limited the EU’s expansion and integration, most notably with the Brexit crisis. Topics include a study of the formation of the European Union, its current institutions, its relations with the US, NATO, Russia and the Middle East. Focus areas include the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Common Security and Defence Policy, the current roles of Germany and France, migration issues, and the way the EU has sought to position itself as a global power.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the wider European scene and Europe's role in world affairs
2. Demonstrate research skills in areas of particular interest or policy relevance
3. Lead and collaborate in team tasks that require analysis of information and incorporation of diverse views
4. Understand the dynamics of the New Europe within the International Relations system so that well-developed judgement and responsible assessments are made

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