West European Studies | Modern European Politics
W301 | 4675 | Rohrschneider

This course is an introduction to West European politics.  It is
designed to introduce students to a variety of different aspects of
European political culture, political parties, interest groups,
political institutions, European integration, and new social
movements. The goals of this course are threefold: to learn in some
detail about France, Germany, and Great Britain; to learn to evaluate
some important theories about politics; and to learn to think
rigorously and comparatively about politics.  Comparative thinking is
an extremely useful analytical skill and we will frequently employ
this method in the course to demonstrate its utility.

The required readings are drawn from four books averaging about 100
pages a week.  Course requirements include a midterm exam, a final
exam, and a term paper.  Exams typically consist of a combination of
several identifications and a longer essay question.