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2015 - Summer



Introduction to the European Union (EURO 3234)

This course introduces students to the history, institutions, and policies of the European Union. Originally formed in 1957 by six nations, the EU is currently composed of 28 member states. A commitment to cooperate did not become a priority until after World War II when hesitation about relinquishing certain aspects of national sovereignty was overridden by the war's devastation. The authority of the EU evolved slowly through a series of treaty agreements to encompass a complex network of social, political, and economic responsibilities. In the process, an elaborate structure of institutions developed to manage the EU's expanding range of activities.

Course begins June 1st and ends July 27th.

Course Instructor: Dr. Brian Smith, Georgia Southwestern State University



Communications and the Media (EURO 4630)

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of communications policies in the European Union while also examining changes in the EU telecommunications and media sectors. After the conclusion of this course, students should be able to understand how and why communications policies are developed at the level of the European Union, including the roles of the European Commission, Council, and Parliament in the formulation and approval of EU directives in this area.

Course begins June 1st and ends July 27th.

Course Instructor: Dr. Jose Da Cruz, Armstrong State University



EU Law and Legal Systems (EURO 4130)

This course focuses on the legal institutions that constitute the European Union and the legal processes of those institutions. It also examines the body of European law, both static and dynamic, which is influential in the legal process. This law includes the treaties that provide the legal basis of the EU; the body of statutory law enacted by the Parliament, Council, and the Commission; the judicial decisions adjudicated by the Court of Justice and the General Court; and finally, the administrative rulings issued by the Ombudsman.

Course begins June 1st and ends July 27th.

Course Instructor: Dr. Daniel Baracskay, Valdosta State University


 

2015 - Fall



Introduction to the European Union (EURO 3234)

This course introduces students to the history, institutions, and policies of the European Union. Originally formed in 1957 by six nations, the EU is currently composed of 28 member states. A commitment to cooperate did not become a priority until after World War II when hesitation about relinquishing certain aspects of national sovereignty was overridden by the war's devastation. The authority of the EU evolved slowly through a series of treaty agreements to encompass a complex network of social, political, and economic responsibilities. In the process, an elaborate structure of institutions developed to manage the EU's expanding range of activities.

Course begins August 17th and ends December 5th.

Course Instructor: Dr. Chris Bourdouvalis, Georgia Regents University



Federalism and Multilevel Governance (EURO 4160)   

This course compare multilevel governance and policy making in the European Union with that of the United States and other federal systems. It begins by examining the history of federal systems, as well as theories of federalism, confederalism, and integration. The course then compares the EU and US multilevel systems, with a focus on institutions, policy approaches and practices, political party systems, interest groups, public opinion, mass media, and citizen identity. A key goal of this comparison is to determine the extent to which the EU is or is becoming a federal system similar to the US. 

Course begins August 17th and ends December 5th.

Course Instructor: Dr. Chris Bourdouvalis, Georgia Regents University



European Monetary Union (EURO 4130)

This course examines the development, functioning, and consequences European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). It examines the economic and political reasons for EMU, the key decisions and steps in the creation of EMU, the governing institutions and structural operation of EMU, and the system's internal contradictions or flaws that contributed to the eurozone crisis after 2009. The course then examines the causes and trajectory of the eurozone crisis, the response to it by EU member states and institutions, and the impact of the crisis on the functioning and future prospects of EMU, and indeed of the EU itself. In this regard, a key theme is the growth of Germany's power and influence in the EU as a consequence of EMU and the eurozone crisis. Another is the impact of the eurozone crisis on the United States and US-EU relations.

Course begins August 17th and ends December 5th.

Course Instructor: Dr. Michael Baun, Valdosta State University


 

2016 - Spring



Introduction to the European Union (EURO 3234)

This course introduces students to the history, institutions, and policies of the European Union. Originally formed in 1957 by six nations, the EU is currently composed of 28 member states. A commitment to cooperate did not become a priority until after World War II when hesitation about relinquishing certain aspects of national sovereignty was overridden by the war's devastation. The authority of the EU evolved slowly through a series of treaty agreements to encompass a complex network of social, political, and economic responsibilities. In the process, an elaborate structure of institutions developed to manage the EU's expanding range of activities.

Course begins January 11th and ends April 28th.

Course Instructor: Rick Reiman, South Georgia College



EU Foreign Policy (EURO 4730)

This course explores the challenges of crafting foreign policy in the context of a regional organization. It examines the institutional and practical challenges facing the European Union as it attempts to purse a more integrated and coherent common foreign policy in the context of a constantly shifting process of regionalization. The course explores the institutional framework of EU foreign policy as well as the interactions between the EU and its member states' foreign policy institutions. It does this in the context of several key issue areas in which the EU exercises (or attempts to exercise) a common foreign policy. 

Course begins January 11th and ends April 28th.

Course Instructor: Dr. Chris Bourdouvalis, Georgia Regents University



The EU in Comparative Perspective (EURO 4830)

This course is the designated Capstone course for the EU Studies Certificate Program. The course examines the European Union in comparison to other regional organizations. It examines how common problems of regional governance are addressed in the EU as well as other regions of the world. Specific comparisons are made to the African Union, MERCOSUR, NAFTA, and ASEAN. The course also examines the differences between the EU and other developed country organizations and organizations of the Global South.  

Course Instructor: Dr. Greg Dixon, University of West Georgia

Course begins January 11th and ends April 28th.