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EUS 305 • Intro To European Studies-Wb

36495 • Laubenthal, Barbara
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet
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COURSE OBJECTIVES:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the significance of "United Europe" as a historical necessity and a historical accident, and how various political entities and social problems work for or against that unification

  • frame arguments about Europe in terms of the needs and experiences of three post-war generations' politics and experiences

  • find and assess current event and scholarly sources pertaining to the study of contemporary Europe, justifying their pertinence and quality with references to today's research norms.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Scholars often claim that "Europe does not exist." Yet the continent is there, home to a bewildering puzzle of

    many different histories, nations, cultures and languages, with more than 450 million people now living in the European Union -- a Union that argues whether it can stay together as part of the "Eurozone" or even expand eastward to include supposedly "non-Christian" countries like Turkey. As the political, social and economic relationships among the member states of that European Union shift on an official level, Europe and European identities have constantly to be (re)defined and renegotiated, and "average Europeans" seek to understand the relationships between official accounts of "their" situations, the histories they were taught in school and by their families, and their everyday experiences.

    What, then, does it mean to study a Europe that is in flux this way? This course cannot answer that question straightforwardly, because US scholars in the social sciences and humanities who claim allegiance to "European Studies" all use different disciplines' strategies for understanding "Europe."

    To resolve that problem in another way, this course will start by introducing several earlier attempts to make a more united, and presumably more peaceful and prosperous, "Europe" out of the nation-states on the continent. Each "imagined" Europe, as we shall see, was proposed to correct problems with the nation-states -- to change politics and everyday lives in particular ways.

    A recent history of post-World-War-II Europe by Tony Judt will anchor the class' original work on Europe and its member nations. Judt tells the continent's story from the point of view of the era's global power politics, and then situates individual European states within them. Judt's text, then, provides accounts of Europe from the top-down and points to moments when those official accounts diverge for particular states and when they place individuals and groups who do not fit the national stereotypes under pressure.

    The historical account of Europe as seen from the point of view of world politics is an interesting counterpoint to the evolution of European government since World War II, as realized in the Council of Europe and the European Union. The next part of the course will introduce the evolving structure of European governance as a precursor to discussion of case studies about what this "Europeanization" does to individuals, groups, and nation-states.

    In the transition from official Europe to Europe's culture, the class will present resources and desiderata for researching issues in the European Studies context. The largest section of the course is devoted to a workshop on issues in contemporary Europe. In each case, readings form official sources are juxtaposed with news sources, writings from think tanks, and academic writing. The purpose of using official sources is to give students a springboard for juxtapositions between the "European" points of view and national ones that they research as the semester goes on.

    Assignments in this course are designed to introduce students to the materials, research strategies, and forms of professional communication that they will encounter later in specific disciplines' versions of European studies. The assignments build on each other to help each learner acquire a body of skills and knowledge that will aid in their personal studies of Europe and in their major courses.

    This course is the introductory core course for a concentration or major in European Studies at UT, but it requires no prerequisites except for the willingness to work in collaboration with others and to engage in a discovery process rather than seeking "right" answers.

    ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:

305 Course Description, 1

  • Chapter review = 10%

  • Webpage: 5 tasks (one in two parts) assigned in syllabus to situate your country = 10%

    (2 points each: one for submitting it on time, one for correctness)

  • Source Analysis Assignment = 10%

  • Three one-hour online tests @ 10% each = 30%

  • Policy Brief= 20%

  • Final Evaluative Book Review of Postwar = 20%

    READINGS: BOOK TO BUY

    Tony Judt. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. New York: The Penguin Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1-59420-065- 3. [[ORDERED AT COOP]]

    READINGS: PDFed materials on Class Canvas Site

    Michel de Certeau, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol. The Practice of Everyday Life, Vol. 2: Living and Cooking. Trans. Timothy J. Tomasik. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998, plus two pages from Volume 1.

    Jonathan W. Garlough. "Weighing in on the Wine Wars." William and Mary Law Review 46/4 (2005): Article 13.
    Richard Goff, et al. The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History. 7th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2008 (excerpts). Tony Judt, A Grand Illusion?: An Essay on Europe. New York: New York UP, 2011 [orig. 1996]. ISBN 978-0-8147-4358-4. Ruth Keeling. "The Bologna Process and the Lisbon Research Agenda: the European Commission’s expanding role in higher

    education discourse." European Journal of Education, Vol. 41, No. 2 (2006)
    Magdalini Kolokitha. “It’s the End of the ‘University’ as we know it.” Unpublished speech: First RESUP International

    Conference. Paris 1st, 2nd and 3rd February 2007."European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country

    Nationals." N. P.: European Commission, 2011.
    "Migration and Integration in Europe: State of the Research." ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS).

    Oxford: Oxford University, 2008.

    WEB-BASED READINGS ON SYLLABUS

    Many readings are parts of websites. Generally, an excerpt from Wikipedia is present for its readibility, but WIkipedia is only usable as a point of comparison, not as "official" materials, which need to be found on official websites for governments and entities. The online archives of the various European Agencies, moreover, contain reference materials that are straightforwardly considered government documents. Use Wikipedia to steer you toward the right names and issues, especially in an area like European Studies, which present a dizzying array of names, dates, and quotations. Use websites that stem from the organizations themselves for quoting and for authoritative definitions in your written work; use scholarly literature for definitive work on your final projects.

    CLASS WEBSITE: Canvas Learning System
    BANDWIDTH: You will need enough bandwidth to post newslinks with commentary 5 times during the semester 


EUS 306 • Jewish Civ: 1492 To Pres-Wb

36500 • Bodian, Marion
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
GC (also listed as HIS 306N, J S 304N, R S 313N)
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This is the second half of a two-semester survey of Jewish civilization. It begins with a brief discussion of Jewish history from earliest times, but focuses on the period from Spain’s Expulsion of the Jews in 1492 to the present. We will examine the major movements of Jews within an expanding diaspora, the impact of the Reformation, the changing attitudes to Jews, the breakdown of traditional authority in Jewish communities and the trend toward secularization. It will deal with the following transformative events: the rise of eastern European Jewry, the spread of kabbalah (a form of mysticism), the entry of Jews into a capitalist economy, Hassidism, Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), emancipation, modern antisemitism, Zionism, Jews in the Muslim world, the rise American Jewry, the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The thematic core of the course will be the concepts of exile and return – their various meanings and interpretations over time, in a variety of historical contexts.


Texts:
Eli Barnavi, A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present.

Grading:
Participation (10%), Discussion Board contributions (25%), two Quizzes (10%), Mid-term (25%), Final Exam (30%).


EUS 306 • Luthers World-Wb

36505 • Hess, Peter
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
(also listed as GSD 311G)
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EUS 307 • Dissent In 20th Cen Ukr-Wb

36510 • Lutsyshyna, Oksana
Meets T 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet
GC (also listed as REE 302F)
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EUS 346 • 12th-Cen Renais: 1050-1200-Wb

36575 • Newman, Martha
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM • Internet
GCWr (also listed as AHC 330)
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EUS 346 • Ital Renaissance, 1350-1550-Wb

36565 • Frazier, Alison
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM • Internet
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EUS 346 • Marx And Marxist Theory-Wb

36570 • Matysik, Tracie
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM • Internet
GCWr (also listed as CTI 335M, HIS 332R, PHL 342M)
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This course introduces students to the writings of Karl Marx as well as to those of his intellectual successors in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will treat the nineteenth century context of industrialization and democratization in Europe in which Marx formulated his social, political, and philosophical critique, as well as the theoretical and philosophical legacy that followed through the twentieth century. The course will not focus on Soviet Marxism, but will examine how western Marxism’s critique of capital evolved in complex relationship to the existence of Soviet Marxism. We will spend roughly eight weeks reading Marx’s writings, and then seven weeks reading his  intellectual successors (including writings from Rosa Luxemburg, Georg Lukács, Walther Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Antonio Gramsci, Louis Althusser, Cedric Robinson, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Dipesh Chakrabarty, and Slavoj Žižek).  This course focuses on intellectual history, and students should thus expect to read philosophy and social theory throughout the semester.

Textbooks:

Robert C. Tucker, ed., The Marx-Engels Reader, 2nd edition (New York: Norton, 1978).Vincent Barnett, Marx (New York: Routledge, 2009).

Grading:
First paper: 25%

Second paper: 25%

Option II or III: 10- to 12-page paper: 50%

Final Journal: 30%!Class Presentation: 10%

Participation (including attendance and also sustained constructive contribution to classdiscussion): 10%


EUS 346 • Northern Lands And Cultrs-Wb

36560 • Jordan, Bella
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet
GC (also listed as REE 345)
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EUS 346 • Vienna: Memory/The City-Aut

36555 • Hoelscher, Steven
GCIIWr (also listed as AMS 370)
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EUS 347 • Art In Age Of Dante/Giotto-Wb

36605 • Johns, Ann
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet
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EUS 347 • Contemp Scandinv Stories-Wb

36580 • Cortsen, Rikke
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM • Internet
GCWr (also listed as GSD 341J)
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EUS 347 • North Renais Art 1500-1600-Wb

36590 • Smith, Jeffrey
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
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EUS 347 • Punks/Divas In Se Europe-Wb

36600 • Beronja, Vladislav
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
GCWr (also listed as REE 325)
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EUS 347 • Scandvn Cin Since 1980-Wb

36595 • Wilkinson, Lynn
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet
GC (also listed as GSD 331E)
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EUS 347 • Scandvn Contrib Wrld Lit-Wb

36585 • Straubhaar, Sandra
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM • Internet
GCWr (also listed as GSD 341K)
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EUS 348 • Europe Environmntl Polit-Wb

36640 • Mosser, Michael
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
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EUS 348 • Glblizatn/Coronavirus Pandm-Wb

36610 • Hoberman, John
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM • Internet
GC (also listed as GOV 355M, GSD 360)
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EUS 348 • Govs/Polit Of Eastern Europe

36620 • Liu, Amy
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM • Internet
GC (also listed as GOV 324J, REE 335)
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EUS 348 • International Trade

36630 • Gerber, Linda
Meets MW 2:00PM-3:30PM GSB 2.126 • Hybrid/Blended
II
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EUS 348 • International Trade

36635 • Gerber, Linda
Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM GSB 2.126 • Hybrid/Blended
II
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EUS 348 • International Trade

36625 • Gerber, Linda
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:30PM SZB 104 • Hybrid/Blended
II
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EUS 348 • Soc Justice/Sec Policy-Pol

36615 • Mosser, Michael
GC (also listed as GOV 355M, REE 335)
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EUS 348 • Sports/Politics In Ger-Wb

36645 • Hoberman, John
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
GC (also listed as GSD 361P)
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EUS 350 • Gov/Polit Of Western Europe-Wb

36650 • Somer-Topcu, Zeynep
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet
(also listed as GOV 324L)
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Europe has experienced a remarkable transformation in the last century: from the mass destruction of World War II to the emergence of prosperous multiparty democracies, from the erection of the Iron Curtain to the fall of the Berlin Wall, from centuries-long divisions to a European Union of 28 states that stretches from Lisbon to Bucharest to Helsinki. Many of us know this recent past from history books, others have visited the other side of the Atlantic for vacation or study. But despite our apparent familiarity with our transatlantic neighbors, the governments and politics of Europe often remain unfamiliar. How exactly does a parliament work? Why are there so many political parties? How can governments just call new elections? How do European democracies compare with one another, and with the United States? European politics becomes even more mystifying when discussing the European Union, an entity encompassing 28 member states, over 500 million people, and one of the world’s largest economies. What is the European Union exactly? Is it an international organization, a federation of countries, or something else entirely? Who actually makes the decisions for Europe today?

This course will seek to answer to all of these questions by focusing on the major political, social, and economic dynamics shaping contemporary European politics. In the first part of the course, we will examine the historical origins of contemporary European politics, the features of parliamentary government, multiparty democracy and electoral systems, and other essentials of European politics today. We will highlight how these operate in a number of country contexts, but especially Great Britain, France, and Germany. The second half of the course will provide students with a detailed introduction to the European Union, including its tumultuous history, its decision-making institutions, and its relations with member states and the international community. Finally, the course will conclude with an investigation of some major policy issues and challenges in Europe today, notably the Euro crisis, European integration and enlargement, immigration, and European foreign policy.



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