Spring 2022 Courses

Go beyond the classroom spring and summer 2022 with new experiential-learning programs from the Nanovic Institute!

Students interested in humanitarian work in a European context are encouraged to consider the Serving (in) Europe seminar and internship program. Students interested in a diplomatic career and the ins and outs of European diplomacy are encouraged to consider the Diplomacy Scholars program. Finally, for those interested in the European Union, its policy making process, and contemporary strengths and weaknesses, are encouraged to consider joining the Institute's Model EU Delegation.

Students can use NOVO or class search to learn more and register for all spring 2022 EURO courses.

1 credit courses

Crafting Research in Europe: Inspiration, Grant Writing, and Execution
  • Instructor: Monica Caro
  • Friday 9:25-10:15 a.m.
  • EURO 30004, CRN 31773

How can students best prepare to design a research project and undertake research abroad in an archive or special collections repository? What skills are necessary to locate appropriate source material and assess data quality? What is involved in qualitative data analysis? What makes a research grant proposal competitive? These are some of the questions this introductory, team-taught course will address. Students will learn how to design successful research projects, conduct archival research, and identify the information that will enhance grant applications, and learn how to hone their written advocacy to enhance their applications in competitive grant processes. A significant portion of this course will engage students in a hands-on practicum examining a variety of original documents to gain the foundational skills necessary to prepare for and conduct research abroad.

Deep Dive into Diplomacy
  • Instructors: Clemens Sedmak and Melinda Fountain
  • Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m., evening sessions
  • EURO 30007, CRN 31772

This course is required for all students accepted to the Diplomacy Scholars Program. Diplomacy 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. This course will examine diplomacy as a tool in European relations and affairs 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.

Europe Through Film
  • Instructor: Don Crafton
  • Thursday 7:00-9:10 p.m.
  • EURO 30102, CRN 31770

What can we learn about Europe by exploring its cinema? Based on an extended version of the Institute's film series each semester, the content of this course will focus on the relationship between contemporary European cinema and the European ideas and realities it finds compelling in terms of social and imaginative power. The course will include some history of cinema, but emphasis will be laid on using cinema as a way of stimulating questions about the nature of Europe today. Open to students of all years and majors.

Model European Union
  • Instructor: Anna Dolezal
  • Thursday 3:30-4:45 p.m.
  • EURO 30006, CRN 29081

This course will prepare students to participate in the Midwest Model EU simulation hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington. Through class meetings, assigned readings, and a final written "Draft Directive" to be used during the simulation, students will gain a practical understanding of the purpose and functioning of European institutions and European politics. In addition to familiarity with current EU policy issues and current events, students will gain an understanding of and experience with executing member states' policy positions, various EU decision making processes, and EU policy creation. The course culminates with students' participation in Midwest Model EU at the beginning of April, representing European state governments in intergovernmental policy creation.

Serving (in) Europe Pre-Departure Seminar
  • Instructor: Clemens Sedmak
  • Tuesday 7:00-8:15 p.m.
  • EURO 30012

This course is required for all students accepted to the Serving (in) Europe program. Students will prepare for their internships by engaging with relevant literature on social justice and humanitarian issues in Europe as well as regular meetings with their Caritas host organization.

Witchy Woman: Thinking Race, Gender, and Otherness through Medea in European Literature
  • Instructor: DongHwan (Alex) Chun
  • Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
  • EURO 30011, CRN 31771

A dark-haired woman with magic power betrays her father and her country for the love of a man—only to be deserted later. As Euripides tells the story, determination for revenge releases a flood of anger, misery, and sorrow; gruesome tragedy follows; and the dark-haired woman flies away to safety. The story of Medea is that of a foreign woman who betrays her family and sacrifices everything for Jason, only to be repulsed later when she is no longer of use to him. In this course, we will read Euripides along with radically different retellings of Medea's story, ancient and modern. As we follow this long tradition of literary revisions of the Medea myth, we will trace the constantly shifting gaze/perceptions towards the gendered, racial Other in European literature. Reading works by Euripides, Seneca, Pierre Corneille, Christa Wolf, among others, students explore evolving responses to the myth and examine how different historical periods and situations reflect their anxieties and concerns regarding the Other through their own rendering of Medea's narrative.

3.0 credit courses

Ancient and Modern Slavery
  • Instructors: Luca Grillo and Clemens Sedmak
  • Monday and Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
  • Friday Discussion Sections
  • EURO 30325, CRN 31768

This course aims at establishing a conversation between past and present and between the conceptions, justifications, laws, practices and experiences of slavery in different cultures. To this goal we will start from the Greeks and the Romans and then explore forms contemporary slavery in Europe and beyond including a social ethics lens. An initial comparison between Greek and Roman conceptions of slavery will introduce the students to the variety of the phenomenon: for the Greeks, slavery depended on the superiority of some races over others, and this superiority was so self-evident that it needed no demonstration. It logically follows that they saw slavery as natural, racial and permanent. Romans practiced slavery on a larger scale, but saw it as a necessary evil, which depended on the back luck of single individuals, and therefore was not necessary permanent nor racially-based. The contract between these two conceptions will provide a blueprint to look at later conceptions of slavery. It will also introduce an interdisciplinary approach, to explore slavery especially from a philosophical, moral, legal, economical and human point of view.

Europe Responds to the Migration Crisis: The Case of Germany
  • Instructor: William Collins Donahue
  • Tuesday and Thursday 5:05-6:20 p.m.
  • EURO 33205, CRN 31765

This course will provide an opportunity for students to explore various aspects of Germany's current policies toward refugees and immigrants. It includes a one-week trip to Berlin prior to the start of the semester. In Berlin, the group will meet with federal, state and local governmental officials, civil society groups, and representatives of international organizations. The issues to be explored include: Germany's policies toward asylum-seekers, the relationship between these policies and the European Union, policies to integrate refugees and migrants into German society, and the political impact of these policies. The on-site Berlin seminar is designed to assess the efficacy of current policies, and identify best policy practices going forward. Includes two pre-departure sessions (one planning session, one webinar), and 5-7 follow-up sessions during the first half of the semester, culminating in a poster exhibit to disseminate our findings. Graduate and undergraduate students can apply here

Freedom and Authority: The Case of Poland
  • Instructor: Magdalena Smoleń-Wawrzusiszyn
  • Monday and Wednesday 12:30-1:45 p.m.
  • EURO 30212, CRN 31769

In 1989 Poland became the cradle of socio-political transformation and the birthplace of democracy in Central Europe; since 2004 Poland has been a border country of the European Union in the East. Polish political and social history is vast and complex. Within a thousand years Poland has been under the influence of a variety of political and military forces from the East and the West. In this context, Poland presents a lens through which complex conflicts between Western, Central and Eastern Europe, between liberalism and authoritarianism, can be explored. The course offers an overview of the essential questions of freedom and authority in the Polish context throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

From Humors to Hysteria: Human and Political Bodies in European History, 1517-1918
  • Instructor: Katie Jarvis
  • Monday and Wednesday 12:30-1:45 p.m.
  • EURO 30213, CRN 31763

Between the early rumblings of the Reformations and the last cannon shot of World War I, Europeans profoundly changed how they conceptualized bodies as experience and metaphors. During these four centuries, Europeans grounded the ways in which they interacted with each other and the world in bodily imaginings. On an individual level, the living, human body provided a means of accessing and understanding the material or spiritual world. On a collective scale, the physical body, its adornments, and its gestures provided markers that Europeans used to fracture society along axes of gender, sexuality, class, race, mental aptitude, and even sacrality. Drawing in part from their myriad imaginings of the human body, Europeans constructed metaphorical political bodies. The body politic assumed diverse forms spanning from divine right monarchs to revolutionary republics to modern nation states. Our course will lay bare the human body as culturally constructed, while fleshing out how Europeans' evolving visions affected political imaginings.

Nazi Germany, Nazi Europe
  • Instructor: John Deak
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12:50 - 1:40 p.m.
  • EURO 30206, CRN 32066

This is a lecture course that will offer students an opportunity to delve into the dark history of Germany and Europe between the First World War and the Cold War. At the center of this course is the National Socialist movement, which dominated Germany from 1933 to 1945 and left its imprint on the world thereafter. The hope is that students become familiar with the movement's intellectual and cultural origins, the political contingencies that made it successful, and the policies that made it popular and feared in Germany and beyond. Topics will include Social Darwinism and racial pseduo-science, the Treaty of Versailles and Weimar Germany, the rise of National Socialism to power, and Nazi society and culture. In addition, we will look at how Nazi politics were received and imitated in central and Eastern Europe and how Adolf Hitler's international politics could appeal to peoples beyond Germany's borders. Students will also learn about the systematic and organized killing of peoples and groups in Europe under occupation, including six million Jews and the Holocaust. The course will conclude with the postwar occupation regimes in Germany and Europe, the erasure of complicity with Nazism in the subsequent histories of Europe, and the failed attempts at deNazification and justice for the regime's victims. Friday sections will consist of smaller discussion groups that will discuss the content of the lectures in part. Most importantly, students will read primary source material, including laws, witness statements, memoirs, and important scholarly debates. The Friday sessions will thus give students the opportunity to directly analyze accounts and sources. These skills will then be assessed in a document analysis paper and on our midterms and final exams.

The Russian Revolution at One Hundred: History, Memory, Interpretation
  • Instructor: Semion Lyandres
  • Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
  • EURO 30210, CRN 29229

This lecture/discussion course explores how historical actors, writers, artists, filmmakers, and historians, over the last century, have portrayed and interpreted the 1917 revolution. We will also explore how the centenary of this defining event is being commemorated in Putin's Russia.

The Holocaust and its Legacies in Contemporary Politics
  • Instructor: Mark Kettler
  • Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:45 p.m.
  • EURO 30214, CRN 32453

In the wake of the Holocaust, the German author Gunther Grass concluded that we now finally knew ourselves. The Holocaust changed everything. Nazi Germany murdered more than six million men, women, and children in a systematic effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Its shocking and spectacular barbarism shattered comfortable ideas about European civilization and called into question the essential goodness of humanity. It compelled scholars to search for new ideas about evil, new words like “genocide” simply to place and comprehend the scale of the slaughter and devastation. Politics, art, culture, and even religions would be fundamentally and irrevocably transformed by the Holocaust. This course will investigate why Nazi Germany attempted to systematically exterminate the Jews of Europe, explore why so many Germans either participated in or accepted this act of mass violence, and consider why other Europeans so often assisted them. It will investigate the legacies of the Holocaust; how survivors and their families attempted to rebuild their lives in the wake of horror, how Germans variously struggled to come to terms with what they, their countrymen, or their ancestors had done, and how various understandings of the Holocaust have shaped political, cultural, and social discourses around the world. Along the way, students will practice the skills of historical literacy. They will digest, analyze, and criticize scholarship (secondary literature). They will discern the relevance of particular interpretations for important debates. They will use sustained analysis of primary sources to develop, articulate, and defend their own historical interpretations and arguments.

Graduate courses

Europe Responds to the Migration Crisis: The Case of Germany
  • Instructor: William Donahue
  • Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • EURO 60213, CRN 31764

In this course students will examine the complexities of historical memory in public spaces from a comparative European-American perspective with a focus on commemorative landscapes—statues, monuments, street names, etc. This course is built around case studies where commemoration and public memory has proved controversial or contested. The course will begin with a review of the principles and processes of commemoration, including the theoretical literature, as well as practical application, e.g., range of potential remedies. Students will then explore the European experience with the legacies of fascism, communism, and colonialism & slavery in public spaces. We will then apply these “lessons learned” to the current debates over the commemorative landscapes in the United States, including disputes over Confederate statues and depictions of Columbus statues, with a view to the planned re-scripting of commemorative landscapes in advance of the 250th anniversary in 2026. Readings will include primary-source documents, e.g., memory & heritage protection laws, commission reports, etc.