West European Studies | Modern European Politics and Society
W301 | 21581 | Rohrschneider, R
11:15 am-12:30 pm TR 3 cr.
Above section carries Culture Studies credit.
Obtain on-line auth for above section from department.
Above section meets with POLS-Y 335.
This is an introductory course to West European politics. It is
designed to introduce you 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. First, you
should learn in some detail about three countries which we will focus
on: France, Germany, and Great Britain. Secondly, you should learn
to evaluate some important theories about politics. And last, you
should learn to think rigorously and comparatively about politics.
Comparative thinking is an extremely useful analytical tool and we
will frequently employ this method in the course to demonstrate its
The required readings are drawn from four books which cover the three
countries. The reading load averages 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.