Diplomacy and power: actors in Europe

This module provides an advanced introduction to the central issues of diplomacy and power as related to Europe.

Europe has been the center of great power conflict globally both internal and external for the majority of the past five hundred years. Indeed, the state system that originated in these conflicts would become the foundation of the modern international diplomatic system. An understanding of the origins of Europe’s state based diplomacy provides a foundation to the contemporary study of modern Europe, and the issues it faces.

Topics covered

  • Introduction: What is Europe: Concept, Space and Opportunities?
  • Europe’s States and How They Relate to Each Other
  • The Relationship Between European States and Those Further Afield
  • Regional Organisations Including NATO and the European Union

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the nature of Europe’s diplomacy and politics.
  • demonstrate a sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches and tools to debates in Europe’s diplomacy and politics.
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of issues in Europe’s diplomacy and politics in historical and contemporary contexts with implications for global policy and governance developments.
  • show a clear understanding of the diplomatic and political landscape in Europe, by showing a command of the reading in both formative and summative assessments. 


  • E-tivity 1 – Access and Socialisation 0%
  • E-tivity 2 – Library Information retrieval 5%
  • E-tivity 3 – Literature critique (directed) 5%
  • E-tivity 4 – Essay Proposal 15%
  • E-tivity 5 – Literature critique (bespoke) 5%
  • E-tivity 6 – An essay to be electronically submitted as final assessment 70%