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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.

  • 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 2013 · P. 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; Humanities, Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2014 · P. Petzschmann
  • EUST 140: Culture or Barbarity? The German Question

    German culture has had a profound influence on world history, but one often wonders how the culture that produced Goethe, Schiller, Luther, Beethoven, and Kant was also the source of some of the greatest atrocities of the twentieth century. We will attempt to understand the reasons for this dichotomy by considering the development of Germany within the context of Europe from Roman times to the present.

    6 credit; Humanities, Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2013–2014
  • EUST 250: Statebuilding in History and Theory

    The concept of the "state" has recently seen a scholarly renaissance, inspiring new literatures and comparative studies of Western and non-Western statehood. Its continuing relevance has been highlighted by the financial crisis and the ensuing debate about the "crisis state" as well as by various efforts at "state-building" in response to actual or perceived "failed states" around the world. In this course we use a series of case studies and methods to ask: What traditions of thinking about the state are available to us? Can the Western experience of statehood be universalized and at what cost? What are the alternatives?

    6 credit; Social Sciences, Writing Requirement, Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement; not offered 2013–2014
  • 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; Humanities, Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2013–2014
  • 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 distribution requirement, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2014 · D. Tompkins