The latest developments in the European integration process — with the launch of a common currency, the attempt to have a Constitution, and the constant request for membership by Turkey — have reinforced the necessity of a better understanding of European Union politics. This course considers the historical background of the process, the initial efforts to establish a permanent international organization, the economic incentives that promote deeper integration among diverse national socioeconomic systems, and the different politics that are affected by the present role of the European Union. The new EU, launched in 1992 as a new experience of integration, is worth being studied deeply. It has created an international actor that some scholars think replaces nation-states; states give sovereignty to a supranational entity, shaping a new way of doing politics that should be known by American students. They will understand European politics better considering the developments of international politics.
Department: Political Science
Semesters: Fall, Spring