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Sabine Lang
EURO 301
Seattle Campus

Europe Today

A multi-disciplinary approach to contemporary Europe focusing on social, political, cultural, and economic change, with special reference to developments in the countries of the European Union, Scandinavia, and those in Eastern Europe in the post-Soviet era. Offered: A.

Class description

This course will introduce students to the political, social and cultural challenges that Europe faces today. We will explore aspects of history, politics, social life and the humanities in order to grasp the exciting dynamics of this continent that some see on the path to implosion, others on the path to deeper integration. Relying on the expertise of University of Washington faculty from different disciplines, the course also wants to introduce different methods and approaches to studying Europe. Weekly guest lectures by invited faculty are a core part of Euro 301.

Special emphasis will be placed on the role of Germany in the new Europe. We will ask how German history and politics, its economic ascendancy in Western Europe and unification have shaped Europe. Why has Germany been a motor of European integration? Has the bailout of Greece changed German's acceptance of the Euro? Is Germany indeed, together with France, leading 'Old Europe' against the increasing influence of small states and Eastern accession partners in 'New Europe'? Will Turkey eventually enter the European Union? And how has the relationship of the United States and Europe changed over time?

Student learning goals

Students will understand the major factors that fuel European integration and their historical roots.

Students will learn key concepts that tie into the debate on Europeanization.

Students will learn multi-disciplinary approaches to studying Europe from different faculty on campus.

Students will understand major challenges that Europe faces in the future relating to demography, the economy, and changes in welfare state regimes.

General method of instruction

Lecture and TA sections

Recommended preparation

Read as much about Europe as you can: books, articles, newspapers & check out BBC and other European newssources online.

Class assignments and grading

active participation, news journal, quizzes and take home exam


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sabine Lang
Date: 05/03/2010