Spring 2020 Courses

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Modern Germany Since 1871 (3 Credits)

Instructor: Mark T. Kettler
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
EURO 30203 | CRN 30999

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.

Europe Responds to the Migration Crisis: The Case of Germany (1.5 Credits)

Instructor: William Collins Donahue
Fridays 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
EURO 33205 | CRN 32552 (Cross-listed with EURO 63205 | CRN 32553)

This course will provide an opportunity for students and faculty to explore various aspects of Germany’s current policies toward refugees and immigrants.  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 spring 2020 semester, culminating in a poster exhibit to disseminate our findings. This class has limited registration, with a required application.

Contesting the Idea of Europe (1 Credit)

Instructor: Nanovic Graduate Fellows
Tuesdays 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
EURO 30003 | CRN 30788

The idea and identity of Europe as a geographical, political, and sociocultural unit has come under intense scrutiny in the opening decades of the twenty-first century. From the polarizing position of Post-Soviet Russia to the unfolding drama of Brexit and from the renascent tide of popular nationalisms to the ongoing immigration “crisis” across the continent, the face of Europe as we know it today is changing at an unprecedented and even alarming rate. Drawing on insights from a variety of disciplines— including history, literature, law, and international relations—this 1-credit seminar will engage different perspectives on what “Europe” means as a historical category, the consequences of contemporary socio- and geopolitical developments for this notion, and what the future of “Europe” as a concept may be. Centrally, this seminar will link these discussions with some of the most pressing contemporary European policy debates on nationalism and populism, immigration, the role of religion(s) in secular societies, and the future of the European Union while seeking to ground these issues in a longue durée understanding of European history and culture.

What Is Europe? (1 Credit)

Instructor: Mark T. Kettler
Thursdays 5:05 - 5:55 p.m.
EURO 30001 | CRN 29206 (Cross-listed with EURO 60001 | CRN 29326)

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 Through Film (1 Credit)

Instructor: James Collins
Thursdays 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
EURO 30102  |  CRN 32189

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.

Research Methods and Project Design Colloquium (1 Credit)

Instructor: Julie Tanaka
EURO 30004 | CRN TBA
TBA (class meets only after spring break)

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 course will address. Working with curators and archivists from the Hesburgh Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collections department and Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, students will learn how to design successful research projects, conduct archival research, and identify the information that will facilitate writing competitive grant applications. 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.

Minor in European Studies Research Capstone (3 Credits)

Instructor: Heather Stanfiel (for registration approval; student will work with faculty advisor on the research capstone)
EURO 48001 | CRN 32191

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. 

Rule of Law & Fundamental Rights in Europe (3 Credits)

Instructors: Gabriella SaputelliJennifer Fox, and Kirsten Niederer
EURO 60202 | CRN 30680
Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

The course aims at analyzing the main features of the rule of law and fundamental rights protection in the European legal space, giving students an understanding of the condition of individuals in Europe, knowledge of European Institutions and systems of governance, and the possibility to discuss further changes and adaptations to current human rights challenges and demands. In Europe, three different systems of law intersect in the protection of rule of law and fundamental rights (European Convention on Human rights, European Union law, national Constitutions); they are often confused but they vary greatly in their competences and powers, and together make Europe the most elaborate and complex human rights regime in the world today. Indeed, if individual states have a very longstanding experience with their autonomous fundamental rights standards, the protection of fundamental rights at supranational levels has taken on increasing importance and influence in recent decades, thus generating conflicts and backlashes. The topic is analyzed from a constitutional law perspective, which directly involves the relationships and interactions between European Institutions (Council of Europe and European Union) and national constitutional orders. Human rights and the rule of law, in fact, continue to be main indicators of constitutionalism, with strong repercussions on government structures and policy organizations. For these reasons, the course is not intended only for students interested in human rights protection, but also for those interested in exploring constitutional transformation and policy debates from a comparative perspective.