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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Spring 2007

EUS 305 • Intro to European Studies

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35825 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
MEZ 1.120
Givens, T

Course Description

Europe is a bewildering puzzle of many different nations, cultures and languages. In this course we look at Europe not as a vague entity 'out there', but as a political entity under construction, with a special focus on the topic of migration. We will ask: How do people live in different European societies, how do migrants construct their identities in the European Union, what is Europeanization and how does it work, what does multi-culturalism mean and how is it realized in everyday life? This introductory course has the following objectives: " Introducing students to some of the most important topics in European studies, such as the European Union, Europeanization, and migration, with examples from gender studies, sports, and popular culture; " Offering a theoretical and methodological toolbox, based on concepts and methods from cultural studies, cultural geography, sociology, and cultural anthropology. The overall objective of the course is to give an overview of the many topics that constitute European studies, to develop a specific cultural, intellectual and analytical perspective, to be able to read, to comprehend and to discuss academic texts, and to communicate these findings in oral presentations and different forms of writing.

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