Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitMonash European and EU Centre
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Patrick Kimunguyi


The unit provides students with an in-depth understanding of the roles the EU plays in its relations with developing countries in areas such as trade, development, security, regional integration, democracy and human rights promotion. It examines the EU's relations with developing countries in various geographical locations: the Neighbourhood countries; Asia; Africa; the Caribbean; the Pacific and Latin America. The unit emphasises the interactions between the EU and key international institutions such as the UN and WTO; developed and emerging powers such as the US, Japan, and Australia; China, and India on issues concerning developing countries.


By the end of their study of this unit, students will have gained:

  1. an appreciation of the theories and concepts of development in international relations;
  2. an understanding of the EU's role in the developing world with particular focus on its promotion of economic development, trade, security, democracy,human rights,regional integration, and environmental protection;
  3. a deeper appreciation of the EU's relations with developing countries in various geographical locations in the world;
  4. an understanding of the interactions between the EU and key international institutions (UN and the WTO) and regional organisations (African Union (AU), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and MERCOSUR on developing country-related issues;
  5. an understanding of the challenges involving the EU's relations with other major powers such as the US, Australia as well as emerging powers such as China, India and South Africa;
  6. sufficient information and research skills to reflect upon and make critical use of a range of resources in formulating and responding to essay questions.
  7. strong skills in critical oral and written assessment of the academic scholarship, including methods, assumptions and uses of evidence, and in organising and defending a verbal and written argument based upon those assessments;


On campus:
Class Participation, presentation and weekly journal (2500 words): 30%
Essay (4500 words): 30%
2 Hour exam ( 2000 words): 40%

Off campus:
Group online discussion, journal (2500 words): 30%
Essay (4500 words): 30%
Exam (2000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3-hour seminar per week