Diplomacy of the EU

Diplomacija EU

Course credits:

5.00 ECTS / 57 (20 hours of lectures, 26 hours of exercises, 11 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

izr. prof. dr. Boštjan Udovič


  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Jana Arbeiter
  • Assoc. Dr. Matjaž Nahtigal


Elective - expert




First semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of European Studies
  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations


Completed enrolment procedure. The course is recommended for students who have knowledge of IR, Introduction to the European Union, Foreign policy, or External Relations of the EU (or Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union).

Objectives and competences

The course will develop skills relevant for diplomats, such as negotiation skills, ability to analyse in prepare synthetic reports etc.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course analyses the European Union as an actor in international relations through its diplomatic activity. The main issues presented in the course are the functions and characteristics of the EU diplomacy. We can speak about European diplomacy because of the exceptional nature of the European Union as a manifold and multifaceted actor which enters into relations with other actors (states, international universal and regional organizations and non-governmental actors) in a unique way. An overview of theoretical approaches to the research of the European Union and its foreign policy represents an introduction to this course, through which the students receive the basic understanding of diplomatic activities of the European Union in the world. The core objective of this course is dealing with European foreign policy actors and relations between them and the contractual bases for the external action of the European Union and the resources of the European foreign policy. Application of these skills in different examples of bilateral (between the Member States of the European Union and between them and third subject of international relations), multilateral (within European Union and international), pluri/bilateral (negotiations with the European Union and the Member states with individual third countries) diplomacy will focus on the issue of coherence of the various actors, their objectives and resources at different levels of European diplomacy, thereby completing the course with the debate on the future and relevance of a common European Foreign Services in accordance with the Treaty establishing a constitution for Europe.

Intended learning outcomes:

Theoretical understanding and practical application of fundamental diplomatic expressions and specifics of the European Union's External Action Service. Understanding of history, structure, and theory of diplomacy and the basics of diplomatic and consular law; application thereof to an EU diplomacy context. Ability to apply knowledge of EU foreign policy, international law, and EU law to diplomacy as an institution and a key instrument of foreign policy.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures and active (reflective) discussions. Laboratories/seminars with oral presentations based on practical examples. Simulation.


Final exam 70 % and simulation 30 %.

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Bohte, Borut; Sancin, Vasilka
Title: Diplomatsko in konzularno pravo »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Cankarjeva založba, 2006
ISBN: 961-231-561-2; 978-961-231-561-0
COBISS.SI-ID: 228764672 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Udović, Boštjan; Brglez, Milan
Title: Skripta za tekoče študijsko leto »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2011-
COBISS.SI-ID: #NULL! - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Berridge, G. R.
Title: Diplomacy : theory and practice »
Edition: 4th ed.
Publishing: Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-230-22959-4; 978-0-230-22960-0
COBISS.SI-ID: 29501533 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
E-edition: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/fdv-odkjg/detail.action?docID=4000967

2. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Smith, Karen E.
Title: The making of EU foreign policy : the case of Eastern Europe »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
ISBN: 1-4039-1718-3
COBISS.SI-ID: 22859869 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full and part study

  1. Lectures and seminars
    Tutorials and individual consultations with lecturer
    Written exam, oral exam, written/oral exam or 2 midterm exams
    Other written or oral tests or exams (ongoing examination)

Curriculum was last modified on: 09.06.2020