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Arista Maria Cirtautas
EURO 494
Seattle Campus

Senior Seminar

Introduction to research into European topics and to the analysis of problems.

Class description

"ENLARGING EUROPE: INSTITUTIONS, IDENTITIES AND UNCERTAINTIES" As the 'new' Europe of post-communist, eastern states joined the 'old' Europe of post-war, western states integration challenges were inevitable. Surprisingly, even though over 20 years have passed since the revolutions of 1989 that ended communist rule in eastern Europe, the European Union, NATO and the countries of Europe are still struggling to construct a unified Europe in an increasingly complex multi-polar world. These struggles take place on multiple fronts -- within the multilateral institutions responsible for European integration and security, and within societies that are increasingly split between those who embrace more cosmopolitan, European identities and those who are attached to their national identities; between those who can envision a Europe enlarged to include Turkey and those who cannot. In the eyes of many observers and analysts, these identity conflicts go to the heart of the challenges Europe currently faces. If European elites and publics cannot agree on a shared European identity, European institutions will be increasingly limited in their capacities and progressively de-legitimated. If a shared strategic culture does not evolve, NATO's effectiveness will be impaired as well. In both cases, the stakes are high as Europe risks "irrelevance" in the 21st century.

Student learning goals

Students will be introduced to the major theoretical literature and debates regarding the expansion of European institutions, the evolution of a European identity and the relationship between identities and institutions.

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion based on student presentations

Recommended preparation

No required prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

One seminar presentation on the texts assigned for that week One seminar presentation at the end of the quarter on your own research A research paper (ca. 15-17 pages for undergrads; ca. 17-21 pages for grads) which is broken down into the following graded components: a. a preliminary thesis statement, outline and bibliography due week five b. a rough draft to be completed before your presentation c. a completed version handed in during finals week

Seminar presentation on one week's texts = 25% Seminar presentation on your research project = 20% Research paper = 55% which is broken down into: a. preliminary prospectus = 15% b. draft = 20% c. final version = 20%


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Last Update by Arista Maria Cirtautas
Date: 11/05/2011