Fall 2023 Courses

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1 credit courses

Thinking in Crisis
  • Instructor: Joseph Clarkson
  • Tuesday 2:00 - 2:50 pm
  • EURO 30018, CRN 20473

This course covers the development of Weimar political thought, beginning in 1918 with Max Weber’s vocation lectures and ending in 1933 with Martin Heidegger’s infamous rectorate address. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the arguments presented in defense of the democratic constitution as well as challenges levied against it by thinkers on the far right and far left. Coursework will consist primarily of short readings from thinkers such as Hans Kelsen, Hermann Heller, and Carl Schmitt.

Memory in the Western Balkans
  • Instructor: Jasna Ćurković Nimac
  • Wednesday 10:30am - 11:20 am
  • EURO 30019 CRN 21737

The aim of this 1-credit course is to investigate the dynamics of the uses and abuses of memory in the post-conflict Western Balkans. The main challenges and obstacles in the process of reconciliation and management of memories of the Second World War and the Balkan wars of the 1990s will be considered. The law on lustration, the school curriculum, the nature of transitional justice, the role of the media, but also inclusive positive memory initiatives that contribute to the process of stabilization and dialogue in the Western Balkans will be discussed.

Europe Through Film
  • Instructors: James Collins
  • Thursday 9:30 am-10:20 am
  • EURO 30102, CRN 20474

This course is tied to the Fall Nanovic Institute Film Series. In this course we’ll focus on four recent films that envision new European realities from very different perspectives. We’ll begin with an introductory lecture in which I’ll set up the critical scaffolding for the films in the series by detailing how we can talk about the “European art film” as something which has defined itself as an alternative to Hollywood filmmaking in terms of stylistic practice, political content, business models, and cultural prestige. The rest of the course will consist of the four film screenings, followed by a discussion after each film. The films will be introduced by a Nanovic Fellow who specializes in that national culture. After the screenings, that professor and I will serve as co-discussion leaders. At the end of the course, you will be asked to write a short essay (5 pages) in which you compare two of the films according to one of the major issues discussed throughout the course.

1.5 credit courses

International Business Scholar Colloquium
  • Instructor: John Sikorski
  • Monday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • EURO 33702, CRN 17662

The International Business Scholars Colloquium is a 1.5 credit undergraduate course affiliated with and organized by the Business, Ethics, and Society Program (BESP) at the Mendoza College of Business and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs. The course runs for both the fall and spring semesters, 1.5 credits per semester. 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 and continue informal discussion and conversation with faculty and practitioners. International Business Scholars will be encouraged to participate in the activities of the BESP and the Nanovic Institute beyond the Colloquium. Students interested in the colloquium should contact John Sikorski to obtain instructor permission for enrollment in the colloquium (jsikors2@nd.edu).

3 credit course

Great War and Modern Memory
  • Instructor: John Deak and Robert Norton
  • Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
  • EURO 30055, CRN 21965

In this course students will be introduced to the general narrative of the First World War. From there, we will examine three different topics and eventually show how they are interrelated. First, we will study historiography; that is, the evolution of how historians have written about and understood the First World War. Students will quickly learn how historians work with narrative and elements of story-telling both to explain and to argue (with and against one another). Taking the idea of narrative as a point for opening up our understandings of the past, we will then examine works of fiction, memoires, and poetry that focus on the First World War. The Great War was distinguished by being a “People’s War,” which meant that all people of all classes fought side by side, farmers next to scholars, workers next to noblemen. There were thus many men at the front who were capable of recording what they saw and felt in both prose and poetry, leaving an extraordinary and unprecedented literary record of their experiences. Finally, students will study memorialization and public history work on the First World War. We will see how history-writing, literature, art, and memorialization are present in the way museums and memorials tell their own stories about trauma, heroism, social inequality, and - in the main - seek to impart understandings about the past. A trip to memorials and museums in London, Belgium, and France over fall break is an optional component for the course HIST 30055 / GE 33245 in the fall of 2019. The fees associated with travel will be no more than $3000. We are working on funding from various sources to reduce that amount significantly. This course requires an application to enroll. Students interested in the course should submit a paragraph to Professor John Deak, jdeak@nd.edu, stating the reasons for wishing to take the course.

From Rasputin to Putin
  • Instructor: Semion Lyandres
  • Monday and Wednesday 12:50 pm - 1:40 pm
  • EURO 30207, CRN 15461

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 background in modern Russian and European history.

17th Century England
  • Instructor: Rory Rapple
  • Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
  • EURO 30241, CRN 21902

England’s seventeenth century provides one of the most compelling epochs of human history, full of a cast of remarkable characters. Once Elizabeth I died in 1603, a new dynasty, the Scottish royal house, the Stuarts, came to the throne in the person of James VI & I. A new political dynamic ensued. Insoluble tensions arose between perceived licentiousness in high politics on one hand and puritan moral rigour on the other, between royal control of religion and a hankering after policies based on literal Biblical interpretation and also between a gaping royal treasury and public reluctance to contribute financially to the realm. These, and other factors, resulted in the unthinkable: the dissolution of the ties that had held English politics and society together. The Civil War (or “Great Rebellion”, or “Puritan Revolution” depending on the interpretation favoured) that resulted gave rise to a welter of new constitutional ideas, religious experiments and virulent anti-Catholicism. These were all set loose as King and Parliament fought for domination of the country. We will pay particular attention to the figure of Oliver Cromwell, who came to command English politics both before and after the hitherto unimaginable public execution of the king (who many believed was God's anointed). We will also ask why the English after allowing their king to be executed and their toleration a substantial Interregnum subsequently restored Charles II, their erstwhile king’s son, as monarch. Remarkable figures that we will encounter and evaluate include the Leveller John Lilburne, the poet John Milton, Praise-God Barebones (yes, that is a name) and the libidinous Samuel Pepys.

  • Instructor: Sarah McKibben
  • Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 am - 10:45 am
  • EURO 30314, CRN 20370

A cliché, a painful truth, an old story, a new one—this course explores alcohol and alcoholism in Irish literature, Irish society and Irishness, examining how alcohol infuses the stories Irish people tell and those told about them, and asking what happens if we take alcohol(ism) seriously as a framework and topic of analysis. We will think about the romance and conviviality of drink and drinking, pubs and wakes and more; and counterposed crusades against drinking (by Father Mathew and others), as well as the unromantic and destructive dimension so central to recent writing. We will think about alcohol(ism) in relation to political authority and nationalism, as well as in relation to colonial resistance, recalcitrance and recovery. We will ask how this “inheritance” travels into Irish America, and even to this campus, asking what legacies are being lived out, and why, and what we make of that. The course will feature a diverse set of texts across a span of Irish literary tradition, including medieval and contemporary, fiction and memoir, poetry and prose, verbal, visual and musical media. On the way students will work on their speaking, analytical and writing skills. Course work will include short writing assignments and analytical papers, a presentation, and a creative assignment.

Ukrainian and Russian Culture
  • Instructor: Tetyana Shlikhar
  • Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 am - 3:15 pm
  • EURO 30350, CRN 20318

The claim that Russians and Ukrainians are one people, “a single whole,” has been resounding in Russian mass media, film, and other discourses for the last two decades. Putin took a pronounced colonial turn with his return to the Presidency in 2012, describing Russia as a state-civilization, in which Russians and Ukrainians are joined in “spiritual unity.” In his long essay on “historical unity,” published in July 2021, Putin argued that Ukraine and Russia were a single country, bound by a shared origin. In this logic, the broken unity must be restored, even if through violence. History thus serves as a justification for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The claim that a nation does not exist is a rhetorical preparation for destroying it. The course will look at historical facts and cultural artifacts of Russia and Ukraine to determine the roots of Russia’s current aggression in Ukraine. Among others, the course will discuss the following questions. Is Kyivan Rus part of Russian or Ukrainian history, or neither? Does Ukraine have its own history and culture that is distinct from Russian? Was autocracy inherent to the Russian state or were there any democratic alternatives? Are Ukrainians divided into Russian-speakers (aspiring to join Russia) and Ukrainian-speaking nationalists (aspiring to EU)? The course will examine the origins, points of intersection and divergence of Ukrainian and Russian cultures through the lens of history, art, and literature from the Christianization of Rus (10th century) to the present time. We will look at the history of Russian imperialism, centuries of appropriation of Ukrainian cultural achievements, annihilation of Ukrainian traditions, extermination of Ukrainian intellectuals, and the politics of Russification with the purpose to see how the current events reflect a tendency that has already existed for centuries. The course will look closely into recent history, specifically the annexation of Crimea (2014), a sacred space in Putin’s neo-imperialism, as well as the war in Donbass initiated by Russia yet left largely unnoticed by the Western world since 2014. It is only after the full-scale invasion in February 2022, that the West suddenly became interested in the difference between Russia and Ukraine, or how to pronounce Kyiv. This entrapment in the imperial framework and silencing the war in Eastern Ukraine as a regional conflict allowed Russia to continue with its war crimes today. As a successor of the Soviet State, Russia continues its politics of totalitarianism, expansionism, militarization, repressions, censorship, and propaganda in a renewed form and context. All of what we see in Putin’s Russia today has existed there before. One of the tasks for this course is to identify and analyze the historical precedents in order to define the further trajectories.

Europe’s Transformation
  • Instructor: Tomas Valle
  • Monday, Wednesday 9:30 - 10:45 am
  • EURO 30359, CRN 21900

From the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, several simultaneous transformations took Western Europe from the peripheries to the center of the global stage. Political units grew more centralized and administratively organized, allowing all levels of society to be more highly regulated and forming the structures of the modern state. Thanks to exploration, trade, conquest, and enslavement, these same states enjoyed a massive influx of material goods and information from all parts of the globe. Increasing knowledge of the world beyond Europe fused with the ongoing information revolution of the printing press. The accelerating speed at which knowledge could be produced and transmitted, however, contributed to the fragmentation of earlier systems of thought: new media proved vital to the spread of Renaissance humanism and Reformation theology. The new worlds of knowledge that developed were deeply shaped by—and often oriented towards—the growing power of Western states. A couple centuries downstream from these transformations, this course will survey the distinct but intertwined histories of power and knowledge in early modern Europe, with special attention to issues of politics, intellectual life, and media.

Modern France
  • Instructor: Sarah Shortall
  • Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 - 4:45 pm
  • EURO 30454, CRN 21903

The French Revolution, along with the American Revolution, is often considered the founding moment of modern democracy. And yet, democracy was not achieved once and for all in 1789. Over the course of the next two hundred years, France went through five republics, two empires, two monarchies, and one (arguably) fascist regime. In addition, it took hundreds of years for the egalitarian promises of the revolution to be extended to all members of French society. This course tells the story of this ongoing experiment in democratic governance—one that continues to this day. It introduces students to the major themes in the political and cultural history of modern France from 1789 to the present, examining how the universalist promise of the Republic has been contested and reshaped through its encounter with colonialism, industrialization, the rise of radical ideologies, religion, war, feminism, and multiculturalism. Course materials are drawn from a variety of sources, including novels, manifestos, political cartoons, films, works of art and philosophy, as well as secondary works by historians.

Heretics & Heathens
  • Instructor: Istvan Szepesi
  • Monday, Wednesday 9:30 am - 10:45 pm
  • EURO 30985, CRN 21904

As the story often goes, much of human history was consumed by brutal religious conflict. This changed only during the Enlightenment, when Europeans began to embrace the virtue of tolerance, first of other Christians, and then of all religions and none. Though this sweeping narrative does capture a significant shift in the values upheld by the West, it smooths over the practical aspects of religious coexistence. Long before the rise of tolerance, communities have struggled to find ways to live with the religious other in their midst. Moreover, as modern history has proven time and again, even the highest ideals of tolerance do not nullify the friction created by contact between different faiths and creeds. This course, therefore, considers the long history of toleration, both as it existed prior to the modern era, and how it has changed since the days of Spinoza, Locke, and Voltaire. Though our primary focus will be on Christianity, we will also discuss other models of coexistence practiced in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as how these systems collided in the age of European colonialism. As we approach the present day, we will examine how toleration intersects with issues of racism, secularism, and fundamentalism, and ask whether historical experiences of coexistence have anything to teach us about how to live in peace with neighbors whose beliefs differ from our own.

Decentering the Center
  • Instructor: Clemens Sedmak
  • Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 am - 10:45 am
  • EURO 33000, CRN 16141

An introduction to Europe and European Studies is frequently done through central spaces (urban centers like Berlin, Paris, and Rome), “central achievements” (Enlightenment,industrialization), or central figures (Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare, Immanuel Kant). This course seeks to explore an alternative approach. It proposes to offer an introduction to European Studies through the lens of the concept of peripheries. Even though the term peripheries is contested (because of the condescending center-margin metaphor, the labeling effect, the loaded history of the term, and its implications of “othering”), the reality of power centers and more marginalized spaces cannot be denied. The term “peripheries” has gained new prominence through Pope Francis who has exhorted the faithful to go out to the peripheries. The Nanovic Institute for European Studies has decided to pay special attention to the peripheries in its strategic plan 2021-2026. The Institute has organized research projects on peripheries that will enrich and inform the course. As part of the effort to reflect on decolonizing scholarship the course engages with concepts and dynamics of margins and marginalization and the question of what it means to decenter the center. The course will try to develop an understanding of Europe through rural areas, forgotten traditions, less known persons. It will deal with poverty in Europa, European minorities, and special spaces like borders and outskirts. As a Foundational Seminar in European Studies this course seeks to realize two objectives: a) to offer an introduction to Europe and European Studies, based on the notions of peripheries and peripheralization. b) to offer a systematic introduction to the (European) discourse on peripheries, margins, and decentering. The course will work with the literature on peripheries within European Studies and especially with a series of case studies where the students are invited to develop their research and writing skills.

European Fairy Tale Tradition
  • Instructor: Denise DellaRossa
  • Time?
  • EURO 33025, CRN 20316

Fairy tales are a staple of popular culture with roots in the folklore tradition. In this course we will investigate the enduring transnational popularity of the fairy tale and the extent to which they reflect child-rearing, political or social norms across cultures. We will read and analyze classic European fairy tales in their historical and cultural context, as well as discuss the theoretical function and meaning of fairy tales. Taught in English.

Behind the Iron Curtain
  • Instructor: Emily Wang
  • Monday, Wednesday 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
  • EURO 33500, CRN 20320

Was the Soviet Union a “workers’ paradise” or an “evil empire?” Nearly three decades after this country transformed into what we now call “post-Soviet space,” the legacy of the USSR looms large in international politics and culture. This course will offer students an introduction to Soviet history through film, which Lenin famously called “the most important of the arts,” and literature, which Soviet writers used to “engineer human souls.” Since the 1917 Revolution, art has had a close relationship to the Soviet state. At the same time, writers and filmmakers with individualistic and even rebellious tendencies have created some of the twentieth century’s greatest masterpieces, including Dziga Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera and Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita. In this class we will explore how this tense relationship between art and the state developed in the first half of the twentieth century. Since cultural context is an important lens for our analysis, each artistic work will be accompanied by historical readings about the period in which it was produced, as well as artistic manifestos and contemporary reviews, when relevant. All films will be shown with subtitles and all readings offered in English. Students of the Russian language have the option of discussing the course material in Russian once a week with the instructor in a group for an additional course credit.

Italian Cinema II
  • Instructor: Charles Leavitt
  • Tuesday, Thursday 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
  • EURO 40512, CRN 22043

This course begins in the 1960s, when Italy stood at the center of the film world, and traces the history of Italian cinema to the present day. We will focus on the heyday of Italian auteurs – Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti, and Pier Paolo Pasolini – examining how each brought a singular vision to the collective medium of cinema. Working against the hegemony of Hollywood, Italian filmmakers in the twentieth century created new forms of representation that inspired audiences worldwide. They continue to do so in the new millennium, building on the innovations of illustrious predecessors like Bertolucci and Pontecorvo, Wertmüller and Cavani to reveal new realities to moviegoers across the globe. We will analyze how questions of class, faith, gender, identity, and ideology intersect on screen as Italian directors seek both to expose and to recreate the illusions by which we live. With a filmography featuring both masterpieces of world cinema and cult classics, this course will investigate how pioneering Italian directors reshaped every genre of film, including action & adventure, comedy, crime, documentary, melodrama, mystery, thriller, horror, and more. The course is taught in English and all films will have English subtitles.

Eastern Churches
  • Instructor:Yury Avvakumov
  • Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
  • EURO 20249, CRN 17164

Eastern Christians and their Churches are an indispensable part of global Christianity that sheds light on its origins, its basic theological tenets, its achievements and its historical failures, dilemmas and challenges. The course provides an overview of the variety of Eastern-rite Churches belonging to the different cultural traditions of Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. The students will be introduced to the theological views and liturgical life of Eastern-rite Christians, i.e., Orthodox, Oriental and Eastern Catholic, and their fascinating history. We shall explore the Byzantine rite Churches in more detail, and discuss the challenges their theology and history present to contemporary world and international relations. Special attention will be given to Slavic Christianity and particularly to religious history of Ukraine and of Russia. Reflections on the diversity of Christian traditions lead to important insights into theological topics of central importance for today such as theology of history, theology of culture, theology of art, ecclesiology, and sacramental theology

MES Research Capstone
  • Instructor: Clemens Sedmak
  • Time TBA
  • EURO 48001, CRN 15508

Research course for the capstone essay required for the Minor in European Studies through the Nanovic Institute. May not be double-counted for thesis credit in a major field of study. Department approval required before registration.