West European Studies | West European Integration
W405 | 4234 | Furniss

Meets 11:15-12:30P
Meets with POLS Y350 and WEUR W605
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Europe immediately after World War II was memorably described by
Winston Churchill as a "carnal house, a breeding place for pestilence
and war." Today, (Western) Europe is prosperous, politically stable,
and at peace. Our general aim in this course is to provide an
introduction to the European Union, a unique political entity that
emerged and has developed coincident with Europe's resurgence. We
have two related goals. The first is to try to understand the
connections between the development of the European Union and
Europe's prosperity and political stability. The second is to examine
how Europe has remained relatively at peace and to assess prospects
for the future as the European Union expands to include countries in
Central Europe. In this connection we will participate in a
simulation developed by the Atlantic Council in Washington and
involving a number of other universities. The simulation will focus
on foreign and security issues facing Europe with reference to
particular countries.

Assignments will include a short answer examination toward the end of
the semester, plus a number of short papers and group reports based
on the simulation exercise. There will be no final examination. I
would be pleased to discuss any aspect of the course. MY office
number is 5-9100, email furniss@indiana.edu.