Fall 2019  |  POL 3451W Section 001: Politics and Society in the New Europe (20115)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-109
Enrollment Status:
Open (53 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The devastation of Europe through two World Wars put the deadly results of ultra-nationalism on full display. To avoid such destruction again, a group of European technocrats and leaders embarked on a mission of incrementally deepening economic and later, social partnerships between an ever-expanding number of European countries. These efforts culminated in the birth of the European Union in the late 20th Century. From its inception, the Union has found obstacles in the forms of a weak institutional structure and authority, deep skepticism of a central European authority, financial crisis, ethnic anxiety, and resurgent nationalism. Yet, the continuation and strengthening of the Union is seen as the antidote to the rise of anti-democratic and authoritarian tendencies on the continent. Some of the key questions that we will engage in are: What are the ideological and historical roots of the European Union? What are the structural flaws of the Union? What are the obstacles to a stronger Union? Is the Union still or even more essential than ever? What are the ways the Union could collapse from within and from the intervention of outside forces?
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course examines the establishment, institutions and functions of the European Union, with an overview of the political processes in European countries and the European Union. Students will examine the history behind the EU's construction, theories of European integration, the EU's institutions and policy competencies, reoccurring problems with democratic representation in the EU, and the EU's political and economic influence over candidate countries via requirements for entry. The class will also discuss the creation of the European Monetary Union and the Euro currency, and challenges it faced during the sovereign debt crisis. Finally, we will address challenges of migration, integration and the rise of nationalist parties across Europe.
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
20% Research Paper
20% Attendance
20% Short Reflection Papers
100 Pages Reading Per Week
20-25 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
5 Homework Assignment(s)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
31 May 2016

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