POL 30520 European Politics

Course Name: POL 30520 European Politics

Description: The purpose of this course is to examine the politics, institutions, and public policy making in selected European States and the European Union. The course specifically deals with the organization of political power and the dynamics of change in the overall political process in the European region. As you know the last decade of the 20th century has seen tremendous changes in the European political landscape. Countless new issues, from shifting borders to ethnic differences, have surfaced since the end of the Cold War and the dramatic changes since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This created a sense of urgency for developing new ways of dealing with and understanding European politics. The paradigm shift, marked by the collapse of the communist Soviet block and the failure of an ideology that divided East-West relations in an antagonistic way, has resulted in political instability. It impacted not only Europe, but due to the changes in the global context it necessitated that all countries around the world readjust their foreign policies towards Europe. Europe is still facing several new challenges but, at the same time, the ever-growing European Union is setting an example of regional economic, political, and cultural integration that is without precedent. This immense cooperation and institution-building created an extraordinary model for the rest of the world, which does not suggest that cultural and ethnic differences are swept aside, yet it holds a promise and tilted the balance of power in favor of Europe.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: POL 10004

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