West European Studies | Special Topics in West European Studies: Politics of the EU
W405 | 10929 | Sissenich, B.
Permission required. 3 cr. 2:30PM-3:45PM, TR, Room TBA.
Obtain on-line permission from department.
Above section meets with POLS-Y350 and WEUR-W605.
In 1945, Europe emerged from WWII in complete devastation. Sixty
years later, 25 European countries are bound together in the European
Union. They share economic and monetary policy, agricultural and
environmental policy, asylum guidelines, and countless other policy
areas traditionally controlled by national governments. In this
course, we will examine the following questions: What drives European
integration? What explains the complex institutional structures that
we find in the EU? Are there comparable cases of regional integration
elsewhere in the world? Why does European integration evolve more
easily in some policy areas than others? What is the role of law in
integration? What does European integration mean for democracy? How
does it affect the US?
The course proceeds in three parts: 1) history and theories
of integration; 2) EU institutions; and 3) EU policies. Policies to
be covered include: the single market, economic and monetary union,
agriculture, environment, enlargement, security, and justice and home
Students enrolled in this course must be prepared to 1)
complete a group project (consisting of an analysis of EU newspaper
coverage in different countries); and 2) read legal, political, and
economic texts. While neither a political science nor an economics
background is a prerequisite for this course, students must be
willing to engage arguments from both of these fields.