At the Heart of Europe: Germany’s European and Global Challenges

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Course Information
Political Science
International Relations
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
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*IMPORTANT: This course is an International Affairs & Security Studies content course. Students on the Metropolitan Studies program CANNOT take more than TWO International Affairs & Security Studies content courses! 

Europe is struggling with the impact of the sovereign debt crisis of the Eurozone, mass migration, external and internal security challenges, as well as political and social needs for reform to mention only some of the most pressing problems. The ongoing project of an ever closer union of European states with currently 28 members of the European Union started with the promise to provide peace, stability and prosperity. This narrative attracted new members in five enlargement rounds since the 1970s while today Eurosceptic parties, nationalist movements as well as internal and external critics of the EU question the European integration project as such. The course analyses challenges Europe as a whole and the EU in particular is confronted with. We study the various impacts, how the EU and its members respond and if the opportunities of these crises are constructively used for reform – or wasted (Crisis = Danger + Opportunity).  We will analyze institutions, interests and competing narratives to explain the current situation in Europe and discuss alternatives.

The course will follow ongoing debates within and outside of the EU. It includes global reflections on the state European situation and it makes comparisons with responses to similar challenges in other parts of the world. Students will have numerous opportunities to meet with experts, politicians, scholars and political analysts in course related events in the German capital.