INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN GOVERNMENT
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020
This course is intended to provide a solid foundation for understanding contemporary European politics. In this class, we cover a large range of both historical and contemporary topics in the realm of European government, from the initial formation of the European nation states through the creation and challenges of European integration. By the end of this course, students are able to look at current European political developments through a historical and theoretical lens. In addition, through written analysis and readings, they learn to connect political decisions to social, political and economic outcomes. The readings, lectures and discussions work together to solidify understanding of key concepts, such as state building, party system formation and welfare state development in a European context.