Phillip R. Shekleton
This course reviews the historical development of European-US relations as well as the current state of the trans-Atlantic partnership. The course is divided into three sections covering cultural relations and perceptions, economic and business ties, and security and defense issues. Subjects covered will include areas of close European-US cooperation (NATO, economic governance, etc.) as well as sources of dispute (e.g. agricultural trade, the growing imbalance in military power). Recent theories and debates over a possible rift in European-US relations will be examined, and the course will conclude with a discussion of possible future trends in the trans-Atlantic partnership.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Course lectures will provide an overview of the topics discussed above, including historical and theoretical overviews of some of the major issues in trans-Atlantic relations. Special sessions of the course will be dedicated to specific issues or debates in European-US relations, with students taking the lead in presenting and discussing the major positions and perspectives.
A background in recent European history and American foreign policy is useful, though not required. In addition to the course readings, students should keep abreast of media reporting of European-US affairs.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be assigned brief response papers to the readings and are expected to help introduce one of the discussion sessions dedicated to a specific issue. There will also be a mid-term exam. A longer analytic paper on one of the major themes of the course will be due at the end of the quarter.
Grades will be based on the midterm, quality of written work on the paper assignments, as well as participation in class discussions and activities.