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 studying 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 will benefit American students to know. You will understand European politics better considering the developments of international politics.
Course Restriction: Matriculated Syracuse students may not receive credit for both this course and PSC 396.
Department: Political Science
Semesters: Fall, Spring