PSC414 European Identity: Shifting Borders (Fall Signature Seminar)

Required for new students. This eleven-day interdisciplinary Signature Seminar will allow you to witness firsthand the multi-layered cultural and political identities in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, their overlapping (and, at times, contradictory) nature, and their effect on political and social developments. Examine how borders and identities have shifted over time in this region, and the effects of these shifts on the larger political fortunes of Europe.

Through visits to Berlin (Germany), Wroclaw (Poland), Brno (Czech Republic), and Vienna (Austria), you will learn about the forces that shaped this part of Europe in the 20th century (Nazism, Communism, the Cold War, etc.) as well as about current trends in society and politics. You’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from local actors – journalists, politicians, activists, architects and academics. Special emphasis will be placed on post-war reconciliation and the changing uses of urban space.

Meets with: HST 400.3/IRP 300.1.

Department: Political Science

Location: Strasbourg

Semester: Fall

Credits: 3