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

Spring 2008

EUS 361 • Cold War Legacy/EU in Balkans

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36438 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
WEL 3.402

Course Description

This course will explore the present-day realities in the Balkans' area through a dual but interacting perspective - that of the Cold War legacy and the expanding European Union. The course will outline the major political, social and cultural trends in the area in the last two decades, presenting the current background of the situation in the countries of the region as a result of the painful transition and reconstruction after 1989. The lecture and discussion in class as well as the personal and group assignments will be focused on the shattered ethnic, religious and regional identities as a result of the end of the Cold War (especially in the Former Yugoslavia area), the challenges of first NATO and then EU expansion that reached the region exactly in this period and the resulting consequences over social developments, political and cultural trends and newly emerging issues of international diplomacy linked with transatlantic cooperation and the new geopolitical considerations of the 21st century.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on attendance and participation, 1 or 2 country profiles by the students, 2-3 email assignments (news-digests, commentaries, book review) on current events in the area, participation in a group presentation and a final assignment. The grade breakdown is as follows: 1) Class participation: 5 % 2) Country profile: 10% 2)E-mail and other class assignments: 60 % (news digest:15%, commentary essay:15%, book review: 15%, group presentation: 15%) 3) Individual final paper on an issue to be determined in the second half of the course: 25%

Texts

Milada Vachudova, Europe Undivided: Democracy, Leverage and Integration after Communism Iain King, Whit Mason, Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo (Crisis in World Politics) J.F. Brown, The Grooves of Change: Eastern Europe at the Turn of the Millenium Joseph Rothschild, Nancy Meriwether Wingfiled, Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II Elizabeth Pond, Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style Laura Silber, Death of Yugoslavia

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