Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies
The curriculum in contemporary European studies (EURO) is designed to provide students with
- A broad interdisciplinary understanding of modern Europe and the European Union
- A focused understanding of contemporary Europe from the perspective of a selected social science, and
- Advanced proficiency in a modern European language
Students are encouraged to combine the EURO major with a second major in a field such as political science, economics, or history; or an interdisciplinary field such as German or romance studies, comparative literature, chemistry, PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics), or sustainability studies. EURO majors are also encourage to study abroad and work closely with the advisor to obtain EURO credit while abroad. Through its unique combination of advanced coursework and language training, the curriculum provides the intellectual building blocks to study contemporary Europe through a sophisticated framework. Students completing the major will be well prepared for graduate or professional study of contemporary Europe and for a range of international careers.
In addition to the guidance provided by the primary academic advisors from the Academic Advising Program, EURO majors receive individualized advising at all stages of academic planning, including considering courses, internships, study abroad options, graduate programs, and career paths. Students interested in pursuing a major in contemporary European studies are encouraged to meet with the curriculum advisor as early as possible in their undergraduate career to design a comprehensive and efficient course plan — including considering the EURO-TAM B.A.-M.A. program option — and take full advantage of study abroad and other international education opportunities. Consult the curriculum website for further information on courses, funding, research, travel awards, campus resources, and the alumni network.
Chad Bryant (History), John Coyle (Law), Joanneke Elliott (UNC Libraries), Liesbet Hooghe (Political Science), Serenella Iovino (Romance Studies), Arne Kalleberg (Sociology), Priscilla Layne (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Gary Marks (Political Science), Rahsaan Maxwell (Political Science), Susan Dabney Pennybacker (History), John Pickles (Geography), Dan Sherman (History).
Karen Auerbach (History), Cemil Aydin (History), Cameron Ballard-Rosa (Political Science), Anna Bassi (Political Science), Andrea Bohlman (Music), Cristina Carrasco (Romance Studies), Amy Chambless (Romance Studies), Greg Gangi (Institute for the Environment), Banu Gökariksel (Geography), Karen Hagemann (History), Didem Havlioglu (Asian Studies), Dorothea Heitsch (Romance Studies), Evelyne Huber (Political Science), Konrad Jarausch (History), Robert Jenkins (Political Science), Lloyd Kramer (History), Richard Langston (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Klaus Larres (History), John McGowan (English), Hassan Melehy (Romance Studies), Holger Moroff (Political Science), Susan Harbage Page (Women’s and Gender Studies), Tony Perucci (Communications), Hana Pichova (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Valerie Pruvost (Romance Studies), Donald Reid (History), Graeme Robertson (Political Science), Christina Rudosky (Romance Studies), Don Searing (Political Science), Louise Spieler (Media and Journalism), Jessica Tanner (Romance Studies), Gabriel Trop (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Milada Vachudova (Political Science), Richard Vernon (Romance Studies), Ruth von Bernuth (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Jewish Studies).
The Center for European Studies also hosts many visiting scholars from Europe.
EURO–Contemporary European Studies
Special topics course. Content will vary each semester.
A critical overview of 20th-century European history, with particular attention to the constant ethnic, religious, social, economic, and cultural struggles (including Holocaust, Cold War) in various subunits of the old continent.
A detailed examination of selected topics in the field of Contemporary European Studies.
A treatment of the political institutions and processes of western European democracies, with special attention to France, Germany, England, and Italy. Honors version available.
This course explores the history of Modern Germany, by focusing on Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. We will study continuities and changes in politics, society, and culture and examine the lasting impact of World War I, World War II and the Holocaust.
The interdisciplinary seminar will explore cultural, historical, and political issues of contemporary Germany and analyze German developments from the postwar period to the present. Readings and discussions in English.
This course examines and compares the situation of women in politics, the work force, society and family from the French Revolution to the new women's movement in the 1970s with a focus on Britain, France and Germany. One major theme is the history of the struggle for women's emancipation.
In this course, we will explore various topics related to the past and present status of religion in general, and of certain religions in particular, within three Western European countries: the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Honors version available.
The course familiarizes students with experimental research methods in political science, including laboratory experiments, field experiments, and survey experiments. Students will design and conduct an experimental research project on a research question about US or European politics.
The course focus on theories on fascism, national cultures of fascism (e.g. Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Hungary) as well as selected topics which are essential to understand the attraction and functioning of fascist movements and regimes since 1918 in Europe (e.g. racism, war, culture, charismatic leadership).
Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate-level Courses
Examines the politics and political economy of institutional change and policy making in the European Union in comparative perspective. Honors version available.
Explores the collapse of communist rule in 1989 and the reaction of international institutions to the challenges of democratization, economic transition, ethnic conflict, and European integration in an undivided Europe.
Theories of international political economy, major trends in international economic relations, selected contemporary policy issues.
An introduction to international trade, the balance of payments, and related issues of foreign economic policy.
Using Alexievich as our beacon, we will explore the writers behind the term "Russian Women's Prose": Valeria Narbikova, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Tatyana Tolstaya, and Lyudmila Ulitskaya. The course will delve into gender identity and body politics as they manifest themselves in the literary texts of lasting aesthetic quality and social relevance. Taught in English; some readings in Russian for qualified students.
A detailed examination of advanced special topics in Contemporary European Studies.
Directed independent research leading to the preparation of an honors thesis.
Completion of the honors thesis and an oral examination of the thesis.
Curriculum in Contemporary European Studies
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