West European Studies | Modern European Politics and Society
W301 | 21256 | Rohrschneider, R.


11:15A-12:30P  TR  WH009  3 cr.
Class carries Culture Studies credit
Obtain on-line auth from department
Section meets with POLS-Y335

A ONE-CREDIT FOREIGN-LANGUAGE DISCUSSION COURSE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
COURSE IS OFFERED THROUGH WEST EUROPEAN STUDIES (WEUR-w325).

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 utility.

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.