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Sabine Lang
JSIS A 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 lecture class will introduce you to the cultural, political, and economic challenges that Europe faces today. We will explore aspects of history, politics, the economy, and society and social life, in order to grasp the dynamics of this continent since WWII, its integration path, and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. Relying on the expertise of University of Washington faculty from several disciplines, the course will also introduce you to different methods and approaches to studying Europe. Weekly guest lectures by invited faculty and outside experts are, therefore, a core part of Euro 301. Moreover, with this multidisciplinary approach we would like to encourage specialization in European Studies. Special emphasis will be placed on the politics of European integration and the capacities of the EU to cope with multiple simultaneous challenges in the economic, political, social, and foreign policy realms. Topics that we will address include: How do European institutions work? Is there a European identity? How does Europe handle migration? Has the fiscal and banking crisis of 2008 onwards altered the future of European integration? Is the EU a model for multilevel governance beyond state borders?

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General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

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Class assignments and grading


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: 04/19/2013