Courses

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

  • 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 2018 · Paul Petzschmann
  • 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 2019 · Paul Petzschmann
  • EUST 111: The Age of Cathedrals

    Arising over a period of two medieval centuries, the gothic cathedrals of Europe symbolize at once faith, political and economic power, local identity, and technological and artistic achievement. Later generations commemorated them in literature and art, destroyed them in their political and religious zeal, and restored them (and continue to restore them) out of different sort of political zeal as well as a sense of duty and opportunity to preserve a national and European cultural inheritance and tourist treasure. In this course, we seek to understand the cathedral and its enduring legacy in Europe, and especially in France, from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives and using a variety of media and sources. 

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2018–2019
  • 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 2019 · Paul Petzschmann
  • EUST 207: Rome Program: Italian Encounters

    Through a range of interdisciplinary readings, guest lectures, and site visits, this course will provide students with opportunities to analyze important aspects of Italian culture and society, both past and present, as well as to examine the ways in which travelers, tourists, temporary visitors, and immigrants have experienced and coped with their Italian worlds. Topics may include transportation, cuisine, rituals and rhythms of Italian life, urbanism, religious diversity, immigration, tourism, historic preservation, and language. Class discussions and projects will offer students opportunities to reflect on their own encounters with contemporary Italian culture.

    Prerequisites: Participation in OCS Rome Program 3 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2019 · William L North, Victoria Morse
  • EUST 231: Cambridge Program: Britain in Europe: The Path to Brexit

    This course will introduce students to the institutions of the European Union and of Britain through reading, discussion and on-site visits in Brussels and London. The institutions of European Union grew out of settlements between its original member states (without Britain) and in response to specific problems--the legacy of the world wars and of economic crises. It is with their fears of war and with their shared interpretations of the causes of war and crises that we must begin in order to understand Britain’s awkward tenure as a member of the EU.

    Prerequisites: Participation in OCS Cambridge Program 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2018–2019 · Paul Petzschmann
  • EUST 232: Cambridge Program: The Great War in Poetry, History and Memory

    The memory of World War I looms large in the European Project. While memory of the conflict has done much to unite European elites around the idea of shared governance, it also continues to divide historians and the general public. Beginning with a tour of the battlefields of the Somme we will be reading some of the literature written by “trench poets” like Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves alongside visits to the Imperial War museum in Manchester and to Orchard House in Grantchester, immortalized in Rupert Brook’s poem.

    Prerequisites: Enrollment in Cambridge OCS Program 3 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2018–2019 · Paul Petzschmann
  • EUST 233: Cambridge Program: Capitalism and Crisis: Political Economy for Marx to Hayek

    Britain was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. That rapid economic growth unleashed by free competition brought with it the constant threat of crisis was an insight developed by Marx and later Keynes. Britain was home to capitalism’s cheerleaders as well as to its most important critics. Its economic dominance was accompanied by a tradition of tolerance, of open public discussion and free academic enquiry that made London and Cambridge attractive to students of political economy from Europe and across the world. Readings from the most important representatives will be supplemented by visits to industrial sites and museums in Manchester.

    Prerequisites: Enrollment in OCS Cambridge Program 3 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2018–2019 · Paul 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; not offered 2018–2019
  • EUST 278: Cross-Cultural Psychology Sem in Prague: Politics & Culture in Central Europe-Twentieth Century

    This course covers important political, social, and cultural developments in Central Europe during the twentieth century. Studies will explore the establishment of independent nations during the interwar period, Nazi occupation, resistance and collaboration, the Holocaust and the expulsion of the Germans, the nature of the communist system, its final collapse, and the post-communist transformation.

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2018 · Ken Abrams
  • 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; not offered 2018–2019