The curricular unit seeks to map and discuss the main conceptual, as well as political, economic, social and security components of regional spaces broadly conceived. It seeks to combine an analytical dimension with a strong critical component. By way of conceptualising Europe in relation to broader world politics students may understand their specific dynamics, in addition to their connection with the international system. In this way, this course should allow students to analyse critically the main security, economic and political practices and tendencies in Europe, particularly in relation to the European Union (EU), the foreign policies of the main European powers (e.g. Germany), the strategic positioning of Europe’s smaller states and other European organisations (e.g. OSCE).