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EUS 305 • Intro To European Studies

35435 • Fulk, Kirkland A
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BUR 112
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By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the significance of "United Europe" as a historical necessity and a historical accident, and how various political entities and social problems work for or against that unification

  • frame arguments about Europe in terms of the needs and experiences of three post-war generations' politics and experiences

  • find and assess current event and scholarly sources pertaining to the study of contemporary Europe, justifying their pertinence and quality with references to today's research norms.

    Scholars often claim that "Europe does not exist." Yet the continent is there, home to a bewildering puzzle of

    many different histories, nations, cultures and languages, with more than 450 million people now living in the European Union -- a Union that argues whether it can stay together as part of the "Eurozone" or even expand eastward to include supposedly "non-Christian" countries like Turkey. As the political, social and economic relationships among the member states of that European Union shift on an official level, Europe and European identities have constantly to be (re)defined and renegotiated, and "average Europeans" seek to understand the relationships between official accounts of "their" situations, the histories they were taught in school and by their families, and their everyday experiences.

    What, then, does it mean to study a Europe that is in flux this way? This course cannot answer that question straightforwardly, because US scholars in the social sciences and humanities who claim allegiance to "European Studies" all use different disciplines' strategies for understanding "Europe."

    To resolve that problem in another way, this course will start by introducing several earlier attempts to make a more united, and presumably more peaceful and prosperous, "Europe" out of the nation-states on the continent. Each "imagined" Europe, as we shall see, was proposed to correct problems with the nation-states -- to change politics and everyday lives in particular ways.

    A recent history of post-World-War-II Europe by Tony Judt will anchor the class' original work on Europe and its member nations. Judt tells the continent's story from the point of view of the era's global power politics, and then situates individual European states within them. Judt's text, then, provides accounts of Europe from the top-down and points to moments when those official accounts diverge for particular states and when they place individuals and groups who do not fit the national stereotypes under pressure.

    The historical account of Europe as seen from the point of view of world politics is an interesting counterpoint to the evolution of European government since World War II, as realized in the Council of Europe and the European Union. The next part of the course will introduce the evolving structure of European governance as a precursor to discussion of case studies about what this "Europeanization" does to individuals, groups, and nation-states.

    In the transition from official Europe to Europe's culture, the class will present resources and desiderata for researching issues in the European Studies context. The largest section of the course is devoted to a workshop on issues in contemporary Europe. In each case, readings form official sources are juxtaposed with news sources, writings from think tanks, and academic writing. The purpose of using official sources is to give students a springboard for juxtapositions between the "European" points of view and national ones that they research as the semester goes on.

    Assignments in this course are designed to introduce students to the materials, research strategies, and forms of professional communication that they will encounter later in specific disciplines' versions of European studies. The assignments build on each other to help each learner acquire a body of skills and knowledge that will aid in their personal studies of Europe and in their major courses.

    This course is the introductory core course for a concentration or major in European Studies at UT, but it requires no prerequisites except for the willingness to work in collaboration with others and to engage in a discovery process rather than seeking "right" answers.


305 Course Description, 1

  • Chapter review = 10%

  • Webpage: 5 tasks (one in two parts) assigned in syllabus to situate your country = 10%

    (2 points each: one for submitting it on time, one for correctness)

  • Source Analysis Assignment = 10%

  • Three one-hour online tests @ 10% each = 30%

  • Policy Brief= 20%

  • Final Evaluative Book Review of Postwar = 20%


    Tony Judt. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. New York: The Penguin Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1-59420-065- 3. [[ORDERED AT COOP]]

    READINGS: PDFed materials on Class Canvas Site

    Michel de Certeau, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol. The Practice of Everyday Life, Vol. 2: Living and Cooking. Trans. Timothy J. Tomasik. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998, plus two pages from Volume 1.

    Jonathan W. Garlough. "Weighing in on the Wine Wars." William and Mary Law Review 46/4 (2005): Article 13.
    Richard Goff, et al. The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History. 7th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2008 (excerpts). Tony Judt, A Grand Illusion?: An Essay on Europe. New York: New York UP, 2011 [orig. 1996]. ISBN 978-0-8147-4358-4. Ruth Keeling. "The Bologna Process and the Lisbon Research Agenda: the European Commission’s expanding role in higher

    education discourse." European Journal of Education, Vol. 41, No. 2 (2006)
    Magdalini Kolokitha. “It’s the End of the ‘University’ as we know it.” Unpublished speech: First RESUP International

    Conference. Paris 1st, 2nd and 3rd February 2007."European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country

    Nationals." N. P.: European Commission, 2011.
    "Migration and Integration in Europe: State of the Research." ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS).

    Oxford: Oxford University, 2008.


    Many readings are parts of websites. Generally, an excerpt from Wikipedia is present for its readibility, but WIkipedia is only usable as a point of comparison, not as "official" materials, which need to be found on official websites for governments and entities. The online archives of the various European Agencies, moreover, contain reference materials that are straightforwardly considered government documents. Use Wikipedia to steer you toward the right names and issues, especially in an area like European Studies, which present a dizzying array of names, dates, and quotations. Use websites that stem from the organizations themselves for quoting and for authoritative definitions in your written work; use scholarly literature for definitive work on your final projects.

    CLASS WEBSITE: Canvas Learning System
    BANDWIDTH: You will need enough bandwidth to post newslinks with commentary 5 times during the semester 

EUS 306 • Jewish Civ: 1492 To Present

35440 • Bodian, Miriam
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as HIS 306N, J S 304N, R S 313N)
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This is the second half of a two-semester survey of Jewish civilization, and deals with the period from the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 to the present. It will give students a grasp of major demographic shifts, the impact of the Reformation, the emergence of new attitudes to Jews, the breakdown of traditional authority and the trend toward secularization. It will deal with the following transformative events: the rise of eastern European Jewry, the spread of kabbalah (a form of mysticism), the entry of Jews into a capitalist economy, Hassidism, Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), emancipation, modern antisemitism, Zionism, Jews in the Muslim world, the rise American Jewry, the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The thematic core of the course will be the concepts of exile and return – their various meanings and interpretations as new historical contexts took shape.



Eli Barnavi, A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present. 

Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz, eds., The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History.



First mid-term (25%), second mid-term (25%), final exam (50%).


EUS 306 • Race/Gndr Stereotype In Ger

35445 • Hoberman, John
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GEA 114
(also listed as GSD 311D)
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EUS 307 • Dissent 20th-Cent Ukraine

35450 • Lutsyshyna, Oksana
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm BIO 301
(also listed as C L 305, REE 302)
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EUS 307 • Intro Study Of Northern Europe

35455 • Arens, Katherine
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WEL 2.256
(also listed as GSD 301)
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EUS 307 • Intro To Czech Hist/Culture

35460 • Hopkins, Mark
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 134
(also listed as REE 302)
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EUS 346 • Consumer Cul Comm E Europe

35545 • Nagy, Shannon
Meets MWF 900am-1000am GEA 127
(also listed as HIS 362G, REE 335)
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EUS 346 • Europe Via Ethnography

35550 • Hartigan, John
Meets TTH 930am-1100am SAC 5.118
(also listed as ANT 325L)
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EUS 346 • Italian Renaissance, 1350-1550

35555 • Frazier, Alison K.
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm JES A303A
(also listed as HIS 343G, R S 357, WGS 340)
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EUS 346 • Stuart England, 1603-1689

35560 • Levack, Brian P.
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as HIS 375L)
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EUS 346 • The Church And The Jews

35565 • Bodian, Miriam
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as HIS 362G, J S 364, R S 357)
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This course will examine the complex relationship between the Western Church and the Jews over two millenia. It will analyze ideas and policies regarding Jews as expressed in both elite and popular culture, from theology and canon law to church art and popular preaching. It will also survey the factors which led to striking changes in attitudes and policies over time, with emphasis on the interplay of the theological legacy and evolving realities.


Revised Standard Version of the Bible (any edition). This is available online if you don’t wish to purchase it.

The course will make used of a website designed specifically for it by the instructor. The website includes many of the readings. Other assigned readings will be posted on Canvas.


Class attendance and participation (10%), participation on Discussion Board (20%), two 1-3 pp. assignments (20%), mid-term exam (20%), final exam (30%).

EUS 346 • Witches, Workers, And Wives

35570 • Hardwick, Julie
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ B0.306
(also listed as HIS 343W, WGS 345)
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EUS 346 • Law & Society Early Mod Eur

35575 • Hardwick, Julie
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 0.132
(also listed as HIS 350L, WGS 340)
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This research seminar will focus on how historians have explored the significance of law, criminal and civil, in the lives of early modern Europeans. We will explore how historians have used legal records to explore patterns of criminality (which were very highly gendered at the time, for example infanticide and fornication for women and drunkenness and theft for men) and rapidly growing rates of civil litigation (for instance over debt, slander and family disputes of various kinds).   We will investigate how historians have used court cases to examine a wide variety of issues for which few other sources survive, especially in terms of everyday social, cultural and economic patterns for families and communities.  We will combine reading the work of historians with our own readings of cases as preliminaries to research projects in which students will work on a case of their own choosing for their term papers.


Readings will be assigned for most class meetings in the first part of the semester until we move to working on the research projects.  The readings will be a mixture of journal articles (available on line through the PCL website), original legal documents (posted on BlackBoard) and a course packet to be purchased.

For some basic background into early modern Europe, I recommend: Euan Cameron, ed., Early Modern Europe: an Oxford History (in the PCL and widely available on line either new or used).


Research papers 60% (5% proposal, 20% paper, 35% revised paper)

Peer review of research paper 5%

Group projects 20%

Participation 15% (attendance, informed discussion, engagement with presentations, leading discussion)

EUS 346 • Sport And English Society-Gbr

35580 • Carrington, Ben
(also listed as SOC 323M)
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EUS 347 • Art At Court: Gothic Period

35585 • Holladay, Joan
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am DFA 2.204
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EUS 347 • Art/Politics/Dvrsty Germany

Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm
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EUS 347 • Crime Scene Europe

35590 • Rehberg, Peter
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm GEA 127
(also listed as GSD 330)
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EUS 347 • Freud, Feminism & Queer Thry

35595 • Rehberg, Peter
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am BUR 214
(also listed as C L 323, GSD 360, WGS 345)
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EUS 347 • Itl Tv Ads: Fashion/Food/Cars

35600 • Russi, Cinzia
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.118
(also listed as ITC 349, WGS 340)
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EUS 347 • Kierkegaard And Existentialism

35605 • Holm, Jakob
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 337
(also listed as C L 323, GSD 360, PHL 334K)
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EUS 347 • North Renais Art 1500-1600

35610 • Smith, Jeffrey Chipps
Meets TTH 930am-1100am DFA 2.204
(also listed as R S 357)
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EUS 347 • Scandinavian Cinema Since 1980

35615 • Wilkinson, Lynn R
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 337
(also listed as C L 323, GSD 330)
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EUS 347 • Migrant Photographs

Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 101
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EUS 347 • Slavs In Western Imaginatn

35623 • Kuzmic, Tatiana
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm WRW 113
(also listed as C L 323, REE 325)
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EUS 347 • European Folktale

35625 • Straubhaar, Sandra B
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm BUR 108
(also listed as GSD 341C)
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EUS 347 • Dante

35630 • Raffa, Guy P
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.106
(also listed as CTI 345, E 366D, ITC 349)
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EUS 347 • Wmn Film In Nrth/Cntl Eur

35635 • Wilkinson, Lynn R
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 337
(also listed as C L 323, GSD 331D, WGS 340)
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EUS 347 • Fictions Of The Self/Other

35640 • Wettlaufer, Alexandra K
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WEL 3.260
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, F C 349, WGS 345)
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EUS 348 • International Trade

35645 • Gerber, Linda
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm UTC 1.102
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EUS 348 • International Trade

35650 • Gerber, Linda
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm UTC 1.102
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EUS 348 • International Trade

35655 • Gerber, Linda
Meets TTH 930am-1100am UTC 1.102
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EUS 348 • Europe Environmntl Politics

35656 • Mosser, Michael W
Meets TTH 930am-1100am JES A209A
(also listed as GOV 365N)
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EUS 350 • Govs & Polit Of Western Europe

35660 • Graeber, John
Meets MWF 900am-1000am MEZ B0.306
(also listed as GOV 324L)
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Europe has experienced major change since World War II, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to European enlargement, with Croatia increasing the size of the EU to 28 member states. European integration, and ethnic conflict have presented major challenges for the governments of Western Europe. The current fiscal crisis has complicated politics in the EU, and challenged the survival of both the Euro and the broader European project. This course will introduce the governments and politics of countries in Western Europe and a comparative politics approach will be used.

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