Concentration-Specific Courses

The courses listed here represent courses that are sponsored by the European Studies Concentration.  Many other courses in other departments as well as many from study-abroad programs receive credit within the concentration.

Fall 2016

  • EUST 100: Allies or Enemies? America through European Eyes

    During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, America often served as a canvass for projecting European anxieties about economic, social and political modernization. Admiration of technological progress and political stability was combined with a pervasive anti-Americanism, which was, according to political scientist Andrei Markovits, the "lingua franca" of modern Europe. These often contradictory perceptions of the United States were crucial in the process of forming national histories and mythologies as well as a common European identity. Accordingly, this course will explore the many and often contradictory views expressed by Europe's emerging mass publics and intellectual and political elites about the United States during this period. 6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2016 · P. Petzschmann
  • EUST 279: Cross Cultural Psychology in Prague: Nationalism, Minorities, Migrations

    In this course students will be introduced to the complex phenomena of migration, nationalism, and the formation of ethnic minorities in modern Europe through theory and historical examples. among the topics covered will be European attitudes and policies toward minorities (including Jews, Roma, Muslims, and Africans) and the responses of those minorities to them from assimilation to dual identity to nationalism. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2016 · K. Abrams

Winter 2017

  • EUST 110: The Nation State in Europe

    This course explores the role of the nation and nationalism within modern Europe and the ways in which ideas and myths about the nation have complemented and competed with conceptions of Europe as a geographic, cultural and political unity. We will explore the intellectual roots of nationalism in different countries as well as their artistic, literary and musical expressions. In addition to examining nationalism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--sociology, anthropology, history, political science--we will explore some of the watershed, moments of European nationalism such as the French Revolution, the two world wars, and the Maastricht treaty. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2017 · P. Petzschmann
  • EUST 249: The European Union from Constitution to Crisis

    It has become commonplace to say that Europe is in crisis – yet what does that mean? It is difficult to overestimate the importance of crises considering that the European Union played a large part in overcoming Europe’s “Long Civil War” between 1914 and 1945. The collective decision-making processes created by European treaties are often credited with bringing peace and prosperity to Europe. Yet they have also instituted idiosyncracies, asymmetries and inequities that stand in the way of solving the continent’s most pressing problems. We will examine decision-making processes in the European Union and the much-debated “democratic deficit” of its institutions. These debates about the foundations of the Union will be rounded off by an overview and brief history of Euroscepticism. The course will include a discussion of a number of case studies that confront member states of the European Union across the board: the reconstruction of the welfare state, immigration and the refugee crisis, and the rise of the far right. 

    6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2017 · P. Petzschmann

Spring 2017

  • EUST 159: "The Age of Isms" - Ideals, Ideas and Ideologies in Modern Europe

    "Ideology" is perhaps one of the most-used (and overused) terms of modern political life. This course will introduce students to important political ideologies and traditions of modern Europe and their role in the development of political systems and institutional practices from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. We will read central texts by conservatives, liberals, socialists, anarchists and nationalists while also considering ideological outliers such as Fascism and Green Political Thought. In addition the course will introduce students to the different ways in which ideas can be studied systematically and the methodologies available. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2017 · P. Petzschmann
  • EUST 398: Senior Colloquium

    Culminates in a final oral presentation that will allow concentrators to synthesize and reflect upon their diverse European studies, including on-campus and off-campus classwork, internships, and cross-cultural experiences. 3 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · P. Petzschmann