Spring 2021 Courses
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 send a statement of interest (maximum 250 words) to Anna Dolezal (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Monday, November 30.
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.
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.
Instructor: Hildegund Müller
EURO 35150 | CRN 32363
This course, offered in partnership with the London and Dublin Global Gateways, provides accreditation for internships students conduct with organizations and businesses in Europe entirely online. The course seeks to advance students’ professional development and enrich their understanding of the cultural and social dynamics that shape work environments in different European countries. Students interested in this course should have an internship pre-approved by one of the Global Gateways or the Nanovic Institute. Departmental approval is required for students to register. Please contact Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal if you are interested or have questions.
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).
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)
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.
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.
Instructor: Clemens Sedmak (for registration approval; student will work with faculty advisor on the research capstone)
EURO 48001 | CRN 29162
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.
Instructor: Susan Ohmer
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:35 - 10:50 am
EURO 43001 | CRN 32526
This course is designed for students who are completing the Supplementary Major in Global Affairs with a Concentration in Transnational European Studies and is primarily intended to achieve three objectives: (1) give students an opportunity to conduct independent research; (2) provide students with guidance and support in completing their capstone research project; and (3) bring student research into dialogue with trends in the field of global affairs. Although each student will work on his/her/their own project, we will move, as a group, through the normal stages of a project and contribute in meaningful ways to each other’s work.