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James A Caporaso
JSIS 488
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Class description

This course covers the political economy of the European Union. Special attention will be paid to the institutions of the EU, the major policy areas, and the major treaty revisions. We will discuss social policy, trade policy, the Economic and Monetary Union, the Single Act, the Treaty on European Union (TEU), the democratic deficit, and the ongoing financial crisis. All of the above will be analyzed from several theoretical perspectives.

Student learning goals

Learn some basic facts about the EU as well as policy areas of importance

Learn about the EU's importance in the world

Learn about various theories of European integration

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

> a basic course in international relations and a basic course in European politics or the European Union. Also, some basic course work in economics is helpful.

Class assignments and grading

reading, discussion, several tests.

class participation and performance on exams.


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 Eva Maria M Maggi
Date: 01/22/2013