EURO458-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

EU Development Policy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course examines current European Union Development policy and addresses humanitarian and poverty initiatives, the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, trade preferences as well as the growing securitization of Development under the EEAS.

One of the most significant trends of the 21st century has been the rapid development of the European Union’s involvement in global international affairs. Characterizations of Europe’s global role vary enormously: to the one extreme, the EU is defined as a ‘Superpower’ in the making (as a leading development actor), to the other it has been criticised in the past as essentially a “hobbled” civilian actor that eschews military intervention. The literature even debates whether the EU possesses ‘actorness’ and can be compared with State actors effectively.  More recently the notion of “Normative Power Europe” (NPE) has emerged. This course examines and critically evaluates these competing interpretations.

In terms of the EU’s international relations, a broad range of activities ranging from traditional development policy issues to those concerning trade, human rights and third country agreements are discussed. While the EU’s global development role is the focus of the course, this should not be understood in isolation as the internal European integration process provides the necessary context within which the EU’s external actions in development can best be analyzed.

The course employs a variety of integration theories as its organising principle.  It poses three general questions.

1. To what extent have collective EU development initiatives replaced traditional sovereign bilateral initiatives?
2. What are the consequences and the impact of EU development policy – on third countries, on issues and on the EU itself?
3. Is the EU an effective “normative” development power?

Can we still meaningfully discuss British, French, or German development policy, or have the EU’s legal competences assumed precedence? It is important to evaluate both the scope of EU development competence vis-à-vis member states as well as the limitations on such action.

The course is intentionally contemporary and is policy driven in focus. Specific student interests can be catered for in both the seminar discussion topics and written assessments.


Subject to approval of the NCRE Director.


EURO410, DIPL426 before 2014, DIPL421

Course Coordinator

Martin Holland


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Individual Research Seminar Presentation and Report 40%
Individual Simulation and Background Report 50%
Group EU Development Current Reports 10%

Textbooks / Resources

The course does not use a single textbook. Rather, required and recommended reading lists will be provided by the lecturer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $995.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see National Centre for Research on Europe .

All EURO458 Occurrences

  • EURO458-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • EURO458-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)