Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2011



Course Number

DIPL 6401

Course Description

This course will cover four broad themes that will introduce you to the EU. First, we will cover the trajectory of the European Union’s development since its inception. Second, we will analyze the policies of some of its most influential member-states, the relationship between the EU and Russia, EU’s largest neighbor, and the relationship between the EU and the US, EU’s traditional strategic partner. Then we will explore some of the most salient thematic issues (economic governance, politics, law, etc.). Finally, we will end by discussing the current crisis and possible remedies.

Throughout the semester we will link the readings with contemporary events. Hence, you should keep informed about current events by following print or electronic sources that provide solid coverage of international news. A good source of information on the EU is, and the Guardian. You may also want to watch BBC. If possible you should also follow non-English media. You will get a better insight if you follow news from different countries.