What is Europe?

$SAME AS G29.2301 & G65.2150

PERMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT REQUIRED. SAME AS HIST-GA 1156. Please e-mail as8551@nyu.edu to register. The meaning of Europe has changed significantly over time. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Eastern Europe, the term Europe mainly refers to the European Union, even though several European states are not a member of the EU. This course will focus on the post-WWII era to explore the changing meaning of Europe and the formation of the EU. As a major actor in Europe today, the European Union is influencing policies and shaping policy choices in member states on a broad range of topics. We will study major concepts of EU-integration, explore the institutions and policies of the EU and discuss the role of citizensĀ“ participation and euroscepticism. Why do states transfer sovereignty to the EU? What is the role of nation-states today and to what extent can they influence EU-politics? How do citizens view the EU and what is their influence on the politics and policies on the European level? Is crisis management and regulation sufficient, or does the EU need a stronger basis of legitimacy? These are some of the questions we will address in this seminar. At the end of the semester, students will not only be familiar with key concepts of European integration and governance in the EU, such as economic governance and security policies. They will also have a tool kit for a critical analysis of EU-policies and the key challenges Europe is facing today, such as increasing immigration, economic disparities, and common foreign policy.

Examines the formation of the European nation-state starting with the French Revolution. Provides an overview of key issues, including citizenship, exclusion, immigration, identity, nationalism, security, and the creation of the European Union and its policy formation.

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Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Stephen Gross
R: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM KJCC 324