Fall 2008

Contemporary Europe

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-45


Ronald S. Tiersky (Section 01)


(CP, IR) An analysis of Europe’s role in the world order and the substance, significance and contradictions of European integration. What are Europe's strengths and weaknesses as an international power? Does Europe pull its weight in international relations or is it content to be a free rider on the policies and ambitions of other countries? What is the European Union? How does it work and what are its successes and failures? What are the relationships between the separate European countries and the EU? What about the European Union? Is European integration still the future for the Old Continent, or is there now “enough Europe”? Underlying these questions is the larger historical issue: Is Europe an exhausted civilization? Limited to 25 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Tiersky.