INST 225
The European Union: The Past, Present, and Future Fall 2013
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed PSCI 226 / INST 225
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Winner of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, the European Union is a political and economic union of 27 states that has had a transformative effect on the European continent. The main aim of this introductory course is to provide an overview of the workings of the European Union (EU). Starting with its creation in post-war Europe, this course will then consider its enlargement and the various challenges this growth has brought. Special attention will be given to the new Lisbon Treaty and how it is changing the decision-making processes of the EU. The course will also evaluate how EU institutions function such as the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice and its main policies. Special attention will be given the Union´s financial policy, especially the creation of the Union´s single currency, the Euro, and how the EU is responding and coping with the global financial crisis. At the end of the course, students will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the history of the EU, its decision-making processes, and how it is dealing with its present challenges.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1464
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, two short papers (2-3 pages), small group projects with oral presentations and a final paper (12-15 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: International Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 226 Division II INST 225 Division II

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