Course Description:

This course is designed to enhance an understanding of contemporary politics of Europe, from a comparative perspective. This course focuses on the major social, political, and economic dynamics shaping contemporary European politics. Discussions include origins of modern Europe and European integration, the major political and economic differences amongst European countries, and the four major actors in Europe: Great Britain, France, Germany, and the European Union. Finally, the course explores contemporary topics in European politics that touch on the social, political, and economic factors: European integration, immigration, populism and politics, foreign policy, and the future of Europe.