GOV 324L • Governments and Politics of Western Europe
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
The fall of the iron curtain, European integration, and ethnic conflict have presented major challenges for the governments of Western Europe over the last two decades. This course will introduce the governments and politics of countries in Western Europe, and a comparative politics approach will be used. the course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the different types of governmental institutions in Europe and there will be an emphasis on current events. The last few weeks of the course will be spent examining the development of the European Union and its major institutions.
To receive credit for the course, students are required to complete all assigned readings, to attend lecture, and to complete all assignments. There will be one midterm and one final exam as well as weekly homework assignments. The breakdown is as follows: Midterm 20% Final Exam 30% Weekly assignments 30% In-class assignments & Participation 20% Total 100%
Gallagher, Laver and Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe Other readings TBA