TES Approved Electives, Spring 2021

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Civilizations, Nations and Identities in Modern Europe (3 Credits)

Instructor: Andrea Cartney
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
EURO 30250 | CRN 32389 (Cross-listed HIST 30521 | CRN 32435; LLRO 30603 | CRN 32523; ROIT 30603 | CRN 32524)

“Civilizations, Nations and Identities in Modern Europe” aims to examine European modern history of civilizations, nationalism, religions, identities and ideologies through symbols and facts, in the fields of social and cultural studies, with particular attention to many elements related to the social and cultural life of people in their own environment. The cultural international history approach devotes particular attention to the period between the 15th and 20th centuries, putting emphasis on the “delay of modernity” in Eastern Europe compared to the West as well as to modernization factors (e.g., urbanization, centralization, cultural standardization, and women empowerment).

International Relations Theory and History: Europe 1919-1939 (3 Credits)

Instructor: Mortiz S. Graefrath
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:35 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
EURO 30305 | CRN 32317 (Cross-listed POLS 30318 | CRN 32518)

Few experiences have exerted more influence on our understanding of international politics than those of crisis-ridden Europe between the two World Wars. Academics, policymakers, and laypeople alike frequently point to the failure of the League of Nations, Hitler’s expansionist hypernationalism, or the “appeasement” crises of the 1930s when debating how to identify, understand, and respond to some of the most pressing international challenges of our time. This course offers an overview of European interwar history through the lens of international relations theory and debates several purported lessons of the period for policymakers today. Students thus engage a series of topics within international relations, ranging from the role of institutions in international politics to the causes of war and the interaction of economic and security policy. In the process, students familiarize themselves with key events of the interwar years, including the Occupation of the Ruhr, the Abyssinia Crisis, and the Munich Agreement.

Confronting Racism, Authoritarianism & Anti-Democratic Forces: Lessons from Russia, Germany, and Eastern Europe (3 Credits)

Instructors: William Collins Donahue & Melissa Miller
Mondays & Wednesdays 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
EURO 30209 | CRN 32388 (Cross-listed GE 30345 | CRN 31978; RU 30345 | CRN 31977; IIPS 30438 | CRN 32416)

Poisoned Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, who received treatment in a Berlin hospital, provides only the latest image of the nexus of Germany and Russia in matters relating to authoritarian oppression of minorities and opposition groups. Yet their intertwined history of racism, authoritarianism, and persecution of ethnic minorities has been the object of intellectual study for decades: Hannah Arendt, Ernst Nolte, Jurgen Habermas, and more recently, Timothy Snyder are some of the leading scholars who have elucidated the ways in which these cultures intersect in both promoting and confronting mono-ethnic authoritarianism.

Part cautionary tale, part success story, this course examines select case studies from the polities of Russia and Germany (with shorter units on Poland, Hungary, and Belarus) in their ongoing struggles with authoritarian, racist, and anti-democratic legacies.

Given notorious histories of oppression and persecution of ethnic, religious, and other minorities—haunting images of Soviet gulags, German concentration camps, and of the KGB and the Gestapo spring all too readily to mind—these countries provide potentially valuable lessons in thinking about racism and police brutality in our own time. In the postwar and post-Unification/post-Soviet periods, these countries continue to face these issues in stark and sometimes creative ways—with varying degrees of success. The class will respect both the historical and cultural particularity of these cultures, and to draw upon this material to enrich our thinking about anti-racist reform in the contemporary world. We draw upon a variety of materials: historical documents, constitutional studies, film and television, literature, political and sociological data, journalistic interventions, and social media.

The Russian Revolution at One Hundred: History, Memory, Interpretation (3 Credits)

Instructor: Semion Lyandres
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:20 - 3:35 p.m.
EURO 30210 | CRN 32501 (Cross-listed HIST 30469 | CRN 32501)

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 has been commemorated in Putin's Russia.

The Making of Modern Ireland (3 Credits)

Instructor: Colin Barr
Mondays & Wednesdays 11:10 am - 12:25 pm 
HIST 30351 | CRN 32157

This course offers a chronological survey of Ireland and the Irish from the Act of Union with Great Britain to the present day. It will consider the social, political, religious, gendered, cultural and economic aspects of that history, and will place the island of Ireland within its wider contexts, as part of the United Kingdom, as part of Europe, as part of the British Empire, and as the source of the global Irish Diaspora. The course will focus on a number of central issues, including: how enduring sectarian divisions have influenced the development of Irish history; the Famine, mass emigration, and the rise of the Diaspora; the development and course of both Ulster and Southern unionism, and of Irish nationalism; the relationship of Ireland and the Irish to the British Empire and the wider Anglo-world; the Irish revolution, counter-revolution, and partition; the development of the Irish Free State, and Republic of Ireland; the history of Northern Ireland, the Troubles, and the peace process; the collapse of the "Celtic Tiger".

Italy and Islam: Cultural Encounters from Dante to Today (3 Credits)

Instructor: Lorenzo Dell'Oso 
Mondays & Wednesdays 2:20 - 3:35 pm 
ROIT 32367 | CRN 32367

The class will explore the representation of Islam and Muslims in Italian culture from the Middle Ages to the present, and will investigate how the perception of Islam has influenced and shaped the Italian identity. The course will start with an examination of the representation of the Islamic "other" in medieval Italian literature, especially in Dante's Divine Comedy and Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. Besides literature, we will also explore the impact of medieval Islamic architecture in Southern Italy, especially in Sicily. We will then deal with the Italian Renaissance and analyze both the relationship between Christian and Muslim characters in epic poems by authors such as Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso, and the representation of the mori ("Moors") in some of the most relevant Italian paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries. We will then investigate nineteenth-century Italian culture, through the analysis of some influential lyric operas of the time. Finally, we will deal with the representation of the relationship between Italians and Muslims in 20th- and 21st-century Italian films and narratives by directors and writers such as Mohsen Melliti, Igiaba Scego, and Amara Lakhous. Students will appreciate how Islam has deeply influenced Italian culture and how Italy, a center of Mediterranean culture, has been meaningfully linked with Islam throughout the centuries. Students will develop an understanding of Italy in a global context thereby increasing their intercultural competency. Taught in English.

Model European Union (1 Credit)

Instructors: Clare O'Hare & Anna Dolezal
Tuesdays 3:55 - 5:10 p.m.
EURO 30006 | CRN 32338

Is the European Union an aging, bloated bureaucracy? Or does this trading bloc still wield power in the international system? To understand the future of the European Union, its champions and its critics, one must understand the day-to-day procedures and processes of Brussels, and occasionally Strasbourg. 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. Departmental approval is required to enroll in this course. Please contact the course instructors for more information.

What Is Europe? (1 Credit)

Instructor: Mark T. Kettler
Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:20 p.m.
EURO 30001 | CRN 27314

Recent clashes over “European” identity and competing visions of Europe’s political and economic future have underscored the urgent relevance of this basic question. This one-credit seminar and lecture series will introduce students to ways in which past actors have attempted to define Europe. Invited scholars from disciplines like political science, economics, history, anthropology, and architecture will showcase how they grapple with what it means to be “European,” what distinguishes Europe from the rest of the globe, and what connects it. These new perspectives will illuminate current debates over national identity and cultural diversity, democracy and its challengers, and other issues of contemporary importance.

Europe in Context (1 Credit)

Instructors: team taught
Fridays 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
EURO 30005 | CRN 32513

This course, offered in partnership with the Department of Political Science and Notre Dame International, builds on the concept of the traveler as an informal ambassador and invites students to investigate the political, social, economic, and historical contexts of different European countries and regions. This course seeks to create a more aware and engaged traveler through rotating lectures by faculty who include native Europeans and experts on European countries and phenomena.