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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-629
Europe Core Seminar (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics cover key themes in comparative and regional studies including politics, economy, identity, regional security, civil society, governance, foreign policy, democratization, and globalization in European countries.

SIS-629
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Europe Core Seminar (3)

European Political Economy

The course focuses on contemporary political economy, highlighting the importance of historic class compromises and institutions that underpinned the varieties of capitalism in Western Europe, and the emergence of capitalism and the diverse patterns of economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe. Attention is given to specific themes and topics including the transformation of social welfare states, social pacts and industrial relations, and changes in corporate governance. The course concludes its analysis by focusing on the project of European integration, including analyses of the single market, monetary integration and responses to sovereign debt crisis, and the role of economic governance against the backdrop of democratic legitimacy concerns and increasing social discontent throughout Europe.

SIS-629
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Europe Core Seminar (3)

Comparative European Politics

This course examines the major political, economic, and social issues shaping contemporary Europe. The first portion of the course covers the concepts and theoretical approaches that make up the analytical toolkit for understanding and analyzing European politics. The second part covers the overarching themes of European politics, including state formation, governments and institutions, political parties and elections, welfare state development and reform, and European integration. The final segment consists of country and issue case studies as opportunities to apply the theoretical, methodological, and analytical tools, and looks at lessons that can be learned from the diverse ways European societies have answered the basic questions of economic, social, and political organization confronting all societies.