Fall 2022 Courses

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1 credit courses

European Studies Today 
Food and Identity in the Medieval World 

1.5 credit course

Deloitte International Business Scholars Colloquium
  • Instructor: John Sikorski
  • Monday 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • EURO 33702, CRN 21160

The Deloitte International Business Scholars Colloquium is a new 1.5 credit undergraduate course affiliated with and organized by the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership (NDDCEL), the Business, Ethics, and Society Program at the Mendoza College of Business, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies in the Keough School for Global Affairs. A small group of selected students will meet in-person weekly to discuss assigned readings, to listen to and engage with invited speakers, and to form a community of Notre Dame business and/or other students interested in global affairs, to explore the nature of honorable business within our globalized world, and the ethical and professional challenges and opportunities for pursuing business as a force for good in the international context(s). The Colloquium will meet for two hours one afternoon per week during the academic semester. The first hour will be dedicated to discussion of readings or an invited speaker. During the second hour, we will have a meal together (provided by the NDDCEL) and continue informal discussion and conversation with faculty and practitioners. International Business Scholars will be encouraged to participate in the activities of the NDDCEL and the Nanovic Institute beyond the Colloquium. The NDDCEL will assist Deloitte Scholars in networking, internship opportunities, and so on. This year, participants of the Colloquium will be given the opportunity (though not required) to participate in an international trip to Poland, sponsored by the Nanovic Institute, in May 2023. The trip will explore the challenges and opportunities of business in a young post-communist free market economy within the context of Catholic Social Thought and the influence of Pope St. John Paul II. Enrollment in this class is by application only. Please contact the course instructor for more information.

3.0 credit courses

Deep Dive into Diplomacy 
  • Instructors: Clemens Sedmak and Mindy Fountain 
  • Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 am 
  • EURO 30007, CRN 20478 

Diplomacy in its many forms is a way of doing politics: the established method of negotiating inter-state relations and of influencing the decisions and behavior of foreign governments and peoples through presence and engagement, dialogue, and negotiation. Diplomats are committed to their home country, but also their host country and the bigger picture of the common good. Contributors to peace building and peacekeeping, diplomats, serve political purposes through cultural engagement. In this way, they contribute to "integral human development" in the design of international relations. The Nanovic Institute invites undergraduate and graduate students to join our Diplomacy Scholars Program through Deep Dive Into Diplomacy. This course will examine diplomacy as a tool for social justice while providing students the opportunity to hone diplomatic skills such as conflict mediation, judgement and decision making, intercultural competencies, and written and oral communication. Students will learn from present and former diplomats about the diplomatic way of life and participate in a number of simulations and activities beyond the classroom. This course features a 1-week diplomacy immersion over fall break in Washington DC. Enrollment in this course is by application only.


Envisioning Contemporary Europe: New Political Realities in Film, Literature, and Art 
  • Instructor: Jim Collins
  • Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:15 pm
  • EURO 30302, CRN 17548

In this course, we’ll focus on some of the central issues in contemporary European cultures: how to construct a sense of historical memory and cultural heritage, how are gender, racial, and class struggles impacting national and increasingly transnational identities, and what is the role of the artist in depicting those changes. In each unit we’ll compare how films, novels, television series, and conceptual art frame these issues, zeroing in on points of commonality and divergence. We’ll also be incorporating films from the Nanovic Film Series at the Browning Cinema. Some of the texts we’ll be discussing: Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Almodóvar, Parallel Mothers, Pawlikowski, Ida and Cold War,  Ferrante/HBO, My Brilliant Friend, Ferrante/Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter, Rohrwacher, Lazzardo Felice, Kay and Uzan, Lupin, Ladj Ly, Les Misérables, Price, Borgen, Donnersmarck, Never Look Away, Sorrentino, Hand of God and The Great Beauty, Varda and JR, Faces, Places.

From Rasputin to Putin 
  • Instructor: Semion Lyandres
  • Monday and Wednesday 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
  • EURO 30207, CRN 16415

This upper-division lecture course examines some of the most important events, ideas, and personalities that shaped late Imperial, Soviet, and early post-Soviet periods of Russian history during the last one hundred years: from the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War and the Revolutions of 1905, WWI, and 1917 through the Great Terror of the 1930s, the experience of the Second World War and the emergence of the Soviet Empire, late Stalinism, the developed or mature socialism, the collapse of the communist regime and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, as well as Russia’s uneasy transition “out of Totalitarianism” and into Putin’s authoritarianism. The course is open to all students, including freshmen, with or without a background in modern Russian and European history.

Life in the 19th Century European City: The Grimness and the Glory 
  • Instructor: Alexander Martin 
  • Monday and Wednesday 12:30 -1:45 pm. 
  • EURO 30211, CRN 17045

Urban civilization as we know it was born in 19th century Europe. Rarely have the bright and dark sides of progress been so starkly juxtaposed as in the cities immortalized by writers such as Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, and Fyodor Dostoevsky, with their railroads, department stores, and other modern wonders, but also their slums, cholera, and ubiquitous coal smoke. Those cities were the first to confront the challenges that cities have faced ever since: How can a government unify the people, police the streets, and preserve a livable environment? How can society organize itself to build infrastructure, develop the economy, integrate immigrants, educate the young, and uplift the poor? How can everyday men and women enjoy the city's wealth and freedom without becoming trapped by its cruelty and alienation? In this course, through modern scholarship and through fiction, journalism, images, and other sources from the period, we will explore the grimness and the glory of the 19th century European city.

MES Foundational Seminar: The Figure of the Foreigner in Europe 
  • Instructor: Alison Rice 
  • Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
  • EURO 3300, CRN 18080

This course takes as its starting point several foundational texts from the French tradition, including Rousseau’s The Social Contract, Montesquieu’s Persian Letters, and Voltaire’s reflections on the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, before jumping into comparative models that examine contemporary works of literary fiction, films, graphic novels, and essays from a variety of European locations. Pressing issues in Europe at present, ranging from climate change to migration, will be addressed in each class period as we seek to discern how fluctuating notions of “self” and “other” are currently influencing the conception of the nation and various forms of nationalism within the larger European framework. We will focus especially on how a focus on the figure of the foreigner is playing a powerful role in how people perceive space, place, and race in evolving European contexts.

Modern Germany since 1871
  • Instructor: Mark Kettler
  • Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 - 3:15 pm 
  • EURO 3300, CRN 18080

This course examines modern Germany from national unification in 1871 to the recent unification of the two Germanies and beyond. We will investigate cultural, political, and social dimensions of Germany's dynamic role in Europe and in the world. Topics include Bismarck and the founding of the Second Reich, World War I and the legacy of defeat, challenge and authority in the Weimar Republic, the National Socialist revolution, war and Holocaust, collapse of the Third Reich, conflict and accommodation in East and West Germany, and unification and its aftermath. Class format will combine lectures with discussion of readings from political, social, literary, and diplomatic sources.

The First World War
  • Instructor: Mark Kettler 
  • Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:45 pm 
  • EURO 20356, CRN 21076

The First World War is often referred to as the "seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century." It certainly brought the golden age of Europe's prosperity to an end. And its lingering effects would help bring about the rise of Bolshevik Communism in Russia, Fascism in Italy and other parts of Europe, and, of course, the rise of National Socialism in Germany. But what actually happened in the war? The course will include lectures with moments for discussion. Together, we will cover the usual suspects of diplomatic and military history of the war. We will learn about new technologies of war, new strategies and tactics on the battlefield, and the futility of attacking entrenched positions. But this war was "The Great War" because it entailed so much more than the front lines. We'll take a deep dive into memoirs and primary sources, emerging new interpretations of home and war fronts, and revisions to our understanding of both when the war ended and began. We will go beyond the western front and trench warfare to look at the important battles in the East and South. And, importantly, we will also take time to look closely at the larger social and cultural aspects that this era of total war introduced, including the emancipation of women, the growth of the state and the use and misuse of emergency powers, and the ways in which everyday people (at home and on the front) coped and endured with the hardships of war, hunger, and death. Time will also be devoted to the peace treaties after the war nominally ended and the continuum of violence that lingered into the interwar period. Music will be played and students may be encouraged to sing along.

The European Dream 
  • Instructor: Maurizio Albahari 
  • Monday and Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
  • EURO 30390, CRN 20170

This course offers an ethnographically grounded understanding of contemporary European cultures and societies. We start by presenting a brief history of the idea of Europe. Then, we define its geographical focus: where are the boundaries of Europe? Are Israel and Turkey part of Europe? Who gets to decide? Are there European Muslims? We will then read recent works focusing on selected regions and on diverse urban populations. We will explore and discuss socio-cultural facets of European everyday life; trends and challenges in technology, the environment, popular culture, demography, and politics; and the diversity of urban/rural, north/south, and more generally intra-European ways of life. The course will be of interest to students of contemporary global issues, and in particular to students who intend to spend a semester in Europe; are back from the field; or intend to write a related senior thesis.


Graduate courses

Deep Dive into Diplomacy