New Summer Course: Berlin, Brussels, and Beyond

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Come to Information Session on February 20 at 5 p.m.

European History, Politics, and Society: Global and Regional Challenges
May 25 - June 15, 2019 (Undergraduate Seminar in Berlin)

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

EURO 34235-01  CRN 3918  

  • Seminar taught in English

  • Excursions in Germany and Europe 

  • Cost is $4,900 per undergraduate student (Early-bird discount of $500 if registered by Feb. 22)

  • Includes seminar, in-country transportation, and lodging in Berlin (flights and food are not covered)

  • Credits also satisfy the History Core Curriculum requirement

Within the past decade a host of chronic and acute problems have threatened to upset the institutions and norms which have structured European societies for a generation. Economic crises have generated serious doubts about the capacity of the European Union to equitably share burdens and benefits of integration among member economies. Increased transnational mobility and immigration have reignited basic debates over national identity and civic inclusion in countries across Europe. Far-right political movements have gained significant ground in most European states, often while challenging basic tenets of liberalism and representative democracy. Russia has used “hybrid warfare” to undermine European solidarity, destabilize governments, and disrupt security organizations like NATO, all in an effort to expand Moscow’s influence in Eastern Europe. Europe confronts all of these issues in the shadow of global climate change.

This three-credit residential seminar, hosted in Berlin from 25 May – 15 June 2019, will analyze a selection of the most pressing challenges facing European governments and institutions today. (Students need to plan to arrive in Berlin no later than 4pm on May 25.)


German language ability is not required. Course activities will be in English. Through seminar meetings and readings, students will examine the history of each challenge in post-1945 Europe, the contemporary state of affairs, and potential strategies European states and institutions might use to address them. Excursions in Germany and Europe will allow students to engage with scholars, activists, and representatives of European institutions currently addressing these same issues.

This seminar counts toward the Global Affairs (suppl.) major in Transnational European Studies and for the Minor in European Studies through the College of Arts and Letters. 

Students from all majors and colleges are welcome. Students considering applying to the program should submit the statement of interest found here. Please contact Dr. Mark T. Kettler with any questions.

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