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Sabine Lang
EURO 302
Seattle Campus

The Politics and Cultures of Europe

Builds upon themes and topics introduced in EURO 301. Provides rigorous and specialized investigation of European political institutions, societies, and cultures in the modern era. Prerequisite: EURO 301.

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 cultures and preferences often prevail in areas such as foreign, social, or migration policies. 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. It will also deepen our understanding of the difficulties of European integration. Special emphasis will be placed on specific challenges that countries face, such as immigration in France, unification in Germany, or neutrality in Switzerland. We will try to understand nation states not just through their political systems and social structures, but also by identifying and studying 'hot issues' in each country.

Student learning goals

This course is designed to make students understand specific national cultural and historical predicaments that shape politics and policies.

I would like students to grasp current contested issues within nation states and how they relate to supranational decision making of the European Union.

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

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: 01/25/2011