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
Follow European affairs in the news
Class assignments and grading
Class participation; news journal; short papers
Participation 20%, journal 20%, 2 papers 30% each