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Independent Course of Study: EU Diplomacy and Policy Engagement

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 November 2023
End Date: Sunday, 11 February 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 26 November 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 January 2024


Independent Course of Study: EU Diplomacy and Policy Engagement

At its heart, the European Union is a grand experiment in cooperation and conflict-prevention. More than simply an international organisation, the European project is one that challenges conceptions of sovereignty, citizenship, identity, international relations and multilateralism. To study the European Union, therefore, is to address an array of issues and challenges that have currency well beyond the borders of Europe.

This course offers an introduction to the European Union and to its place on the global stage. It examines the idea of Europe, the origins of integration, and the institutional structure of the Union itself. It addresses the relationship of Europe to New Zealand, contemporary challenges to the role and conception of the EU, and asks the question ‘What role for Europe?’ Additionally, it challenges students to view the Union through a personal lens, from their personal experiences and place in the South Pacific and, through engagement with experts and officials locally in Christchurch and through a field-trip to Wellington, to personally reflect on the significance and challenges of the EU–New Zealand relationship.

Application required - close 30 September.
Email outlining
- why you are interested in this course
- how it contributes to your future goals

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. Recognise, analyse and apply knowledge within their undergraduate degrees to a real world environment;

2. Describe the origins and history of the European Union, its global role, and its response to global challenges;

3. Understand the institutional architecture of European integration and its global engagement, and evaluate the structures and processes that inform its global role;

4. Generate formal academic and personal reflective analyses informed by engagement in field research;

5. Apply theory critically to analyse the role of the European Union in the world and in EUNZ relations;

6. Apply specific disciplinary knowledge within the real world experience of engagement with EU and non-EU institutions and officials in New Zealand;

7. Use a self-reflective approach to analyse and evaluate the European Union, its role and functioning on the global stage, and the nature of the EUNZ relationship.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


150 points, special application and interview, and permission of the Internship Director.


ARTS395, PACE335

Contact Person

Sasha Seatter

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Humanities .

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