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Sabine Lang
EURO 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

This course will introduce students to the political systems and social transformations in major Western European Democracies since 1945. Even though European integration is a powerful motor for politics in Europe today, nation states, their political cultures, and their specific institutional arrangements remain important. National and subnational politics do not just shape and adapt to integration in very different ways; they also have remained central actors in areas such as foreign, social, or migration policies. Moreover, national political systems involve citizens in politics in distinct ways. The course is designed to develop a broader understanding of the variations in democracy as they are practiced in Western Europe today and of the different political cultures that they are tied into.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

Follow European affairs in the news

Class assignments and grading

Class participation; news journal; short papers

Participation 20%, journal 20%, 2 papers 30% each


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 Anne Ec Hilton
Date: 01/22/2007