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Fall 2012-2013
* POL 434 (SA)  

Seminar in Comparative Politics - Europe and the World

Ezra N. Suleiman

This course covers Europe's historical and contemporary role in world politics. Topics include the legacy of the two world wars, the Cold War, colonialism and decolonization, the genesis and subsequent development of the EC/EU, and the challenges confronting present-day Europe. These challenges include immigration, enlargement, democratization, and the EU's role in military affairs. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the evolution of Europe's role in world affairs, an ability to explain and evaluate contemporary European foreign policy, and a greater capacity to critically analyze history's repetitive nature.

Sample reading list:
Brent Nelson, The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice...
Andrew Moravcsik, The Choice for Europe
John McCormick, Understanding the European Union
Niall Ferguson, Empire
Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Reading/Writing assignments:
Regular reading assignments (about 100-150 pages a week); Oral presentation; Final term paper

Requirements/Grading:
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
None.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21735 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Robertson Hall   029   Enrolled:13 Limit:15