POLITICAL SCIENCE 4242
Spring Semester 2002
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45
527 General Classroom Building
Dr. William M. Downs
Department of Political Science
Georgia State University
This course offers an introduction to the politics and economics of the European Union (EU). It covers the institutions, decision-making processes and major policies of the EU. It further examines the emerging role of a more united Europe as a political actor in world affairs. Topics include the evolution of the "European idea," European political cooperation, monetary union, common foreign and security policy, immigration and racial politics, environmental policies, and the quality of democracy in the EU. The course explores the political dynamics of decision-making among member states and institutions, including the Council of Ministers, European Commission, European Parliament, and European Court of Justice. The course then examines EU policies toward key regions such as Africa, the Middle East and the post-communist east, including the former Yugoslavia, as well as the role(s) of the European Union within the United Nations, NATO and other multinational organizations. It concludes with a look at the "New Transatlantic Agenda" (US-EU relations), recent and ongoing trade wars, and the challenges of expanding the EU to include countries formerly shrouded by the Iron Curtain as well as countries whose "European" credentials have long been questioned.
This course counts as credit toward the new European Union Studies Certificate being offered by the University System of Georgia. The purpose of the certificate is to certify a student as competent in a subject area outside conventional majors. As such, students are being prepared to move into professional occupations and graduate study. If you are looking to start a career in international relations, business, law, or education, studying the European Union is where you want to be. For more information, see http://www.inta.gatech.edu/eucenter/certificate/sc_home.html.
TEXTS AND COURSE MATERIALS
The following texts are required reading and are available for purchase:
David M. Wood and Birol A. Yesilada. 2002. The Emerging European Union. 2nd edition. New York: Longman.
Brent Nelsen and Alexander Stubb, eds. 1998. The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
E. Gene Frankland, ed. 2002. Global Studies: Western Europe, 7th edition. Guilford, CN: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.
Notes on Articles and Chapters:Additional readings will come from select journal articles and book chapters, which will be made accessible to you via the electronic course reserves at DocuWeb. These readings may be accessed through DocuWeb (http://docuweb.gsu.edu/) and printed directly from your own computer or from a university computer. The documents are password protected, and we will discuss the details of using DocuWeb early in the semester.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING SYSTEM
Students will be evaluated along four dimensions. One half of your grade will be determined by a midterm exam (20%) and a final exam (30%). The remainder of your grade will be determined by scores on four take-home assignments (35%), regular and active class participation (10%), and contributions to WebCT electronic bulletin board discussions (what we will call "e-participation," worth 10%--which builds in 5 bonus points).
Attendance. This is a lecture-discussion course. Students are thus expected to attend all class sessions and will sign an attendance sheet at each class.
http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess/news.html as well as the European Union’s own television broadcasts at http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/dg10/ebs/index_en.html. You can also use a search engine on the Web to find recent headlines from the EU (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?p=%22European+Union). Additionally, you can watch "European Journal," which airs each Sunday locally on WPBA 30.
Class Participation. Students must complete the assigned readings on time, and actively participate in class discussions. To stay abreast of developments in the European Union, students should follow current events through the reading of a major newspaper and/or newsmagazine, such as the The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Financial Times, and The Economist. All of these papers are available for free on the World Wide Web. Current events will be discussed throughout the course and will also be part of the exams. You may also easily access newspapers in European countries via such sites as
Written Assignments. At the beginning of the semester, students will select one European Union Member State that will subsequently be the focus of four take-home written assignments worth a total of 35% of your grade. This country will be your "alter ego" for the semester, as you attempt to interpret European developments and dilemmas through the lens of that country’s interests, assets, and constraints. You will receive full details of each assignment closer to each respective due date. Please note that you will have a choice of topics for assignment 4 (half of the class will write on one topic due April 16, while the other half of the class will write on a different topic due April 18). These assignments will require each student to use traditional research methods, such as library research, and the World Wide Web.
Paper 1 (January 17): Member State Background Paper
Paper 2 (February 7): Analysis of 1999 European Parliament election in Member State
Paper 3 (February 26): Think piece--Will monetary union succeed or fail?
Paper 4a (April 16): Debate—Do the benefits outweigh the costs of adding new members?
Paper 4b (April 18): Debate—Is the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) a failure?
E-Participation. The course makes use of WebCT software for online learning activities. The primary tool we will use is the electronic bulletin board (i.e., a text-based communication system that enables students and the professor to post, and reply to, messages on various topics that are open to everyone in the course. Each of your classmates and yourself can read and post to these discussions. Five percent of your course grade will be earned by responding to assignments that I post on the bulletin board. An additional (yes, bonus!) 5% may be earned by some combination of the following:
Please note that e-participation points will not be granted if activity is but a flurry at end of semester. Details of how to use WebCT will be provided early in the semester.
Office Hours. I keep office hours each Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00-12:30. This time is set aside for your benefit. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas related to the course, I encourage you to discuss them with me. If these hours conflict with your schedule, we can arrange an appointment to meet.
Paper 1 5%
Paper 2 10
Paper 3/Debate 10
Paper 4/Debate 10
Class Participation 10
E-participation 5 (+5 bonus)
Final Exam 30
January 8 Introduction to Course
PART I: THE HISTORICAL EVOLUTION
January 10 Out From the Rubble and Ashes--The Transformation of Western Europe
15 A "United States of Europe"? Antecedents of European Unity
22 Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties
24 The EU Today…and Enlargement on the Horizon
Recommended websites for Part I:
Western Europe Since 1945http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook49.html
The History of Europe -- Primary Documentshttp://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/ec.html
Official European Union website http://europa.eu.int/
The European Union in the US http://www.eurunion.org/
EU Center of the University System of Georgia http://www.inta.gatech.edu/eucenter/home.html
Europe on the Internet http://www.eurunion.org/magazine/9702/p06/p06-9702.htm
European Maps and Basic Facts http://www.asg.physik.uni-erlangen.de/europa/eugmape1.htm
THE INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL ACTORS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
January 29 Introduction to Theories of Integration and Institution-building
January 31 The Commission and the Politics of Supranationalism
February 5 Council of Ministers and the European Council—Intergovernmentalism at Work
12 European Union Law and the Courts
14 Committee of the Regions
21 European Central Bank and the Single Currency in Action
26 Monetary Union Debate
Recommended websites for Part II:
European Commission http://europa.eu.int/comm/index_en.htm
Council of the European Unionhttp://ue.eu.int
Court of Justicehttp://curia.eu.int/en/index.htm
Eur-Lex (European Union Law)http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/index.html
Committee of the Regionshttp://www.cor.eu.int/
European Central Bankhttp://www.ecb.int/
February 28 Midterm
March 5Spring Break
7 Spring Break
POLICIES AND POLICY PROCESSES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
March 12 What the EU Does—Jurisdiction and a "Creeping Competence"
14 How the EU Does It—The Mechanics of Making Law
19 Environmental Policy
21 Agricultural Policy
26. Immigration and Legislating Against Racism in the EU
28 Unemployment and the European Welfare State
Recommended websites for Part III:
Policy Fact Sheets http://www.europarl.eu.int/dg4/factsheets/en/default.htm
EU Action Program on the Environmenthttp://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/actionpr.htm
US documents on EU agricultural policyhttp://www.useu.be/ISSUES/issues.html#Agriculture
Employment and Social Policyhttp://europa.eu.int/comm/dg05/empl&esf/index_en.htm
THE EUROPEAN UNION IN THE WIDER WORLD: ECONOMIC TIES, FOREIGN POLICY, AND THE EXTERNAL CONSEQUENCES OF INTERNAL POLICIES
April 2 In Search of Past Glory on the World Stage: The Case of France
4 The EU in the Developing World
9 EU-US Economic Relations
16 Enlarging the EU
18 Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
Recommended websites for Part IV:
West European Union http://www.weu.int/eng/welcome.html
Radio Free Europe on EU Expansionhttp://www.rferl.org/nca/special/EUEXPANDS/index.html
World Trade Organizationhttp://www.wto.org/
STEPPING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD
23 Theorizing European Integration
25 Toward Peace, Cooperation, and Prosperity
May 2 Exam (8:00-10:00)
Note:This course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary.
Note: Students are responsible for the information contained in the University’s Academic Honesty Policy http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwfhb/sec409.html. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade and possible disciplinary action.
Note: The last day to drop and receive a "W" is March 11.