West European Studies | Political Simulations
W405 | 4236 | Sillay


Meets TR 4:00-5:15P
Meets with POLS Y351 and WEUR W605
Obtain online authorization from department

The primary objective of this course is to familiarize you with the
institutions of the European Union (EU) and the decision-making
process as it occurs within these institutions.  The course is
structured to prepare you to participate in the “Midwest Model
European Union” which takes place in Indianapolis on the IUPUI campus
in mid-April.  Participation in the simulation is required for the
course.  However, due to the emphasis on the simulation, no final
examination or final paper will be required.

Political simulations in general offer one of the best and most
meaningful ways to understand the political, economic and
institutional pressures that politicians face.  In this course, you
will use the knowledge you acquire about the EU, to take on the roles
of high-ranking, EU officials in the “Midwest Model European Union.”
You will not only learn about the institutions, history and policy
process of the EU, you will also be able to put this knowledge to a
practical test and learn by doing.  The goal of this course is to
bring the abstract institutions of the EU down to earth and to help
develop an understanding of the real-life constraints that
politicians face in making policy decisions.

This three credit course is cross-listed in both the Department of
Political Science and the Department of West European Studies.  While
it is offered under three different numbers for administrative
purposes, all sections of the course meet jointly.

If you have any questions about this course, don’t hesitate to
contact me.  My email is: ssillay@indiana.edu.