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2013 - Fall


Introduction to the European Union

  The purpose of the course is to introduce the European Union (EU). Originally formed in 1957 by six nations, the EU is currently composed of twenty-seven countries from Western and Central Europe. 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 September 1st and ends December 1st.

  USG Course Instructor: Dr. Daniel Baracskay

  Law and Legal Systems

  This course focuses on the legal institutions that constitute the European Union and the legal processes of those institutions. The course examines the body of law, both static and dynamic, on which these institutions rest and that have been produced by the institutions themselves. This law includes the several treaties that provide the legal basis of the EU; the body of statutory law enacted by the Parliament, the Council, and the Commission; and the judicial decisions adjudicated by the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance; and finally, the administrative rulings issued by the European Ombudsman.

Course begins October 14th and ends December 1st.

  USG Course Instructor: Dr. Daniel Baracskay

   

  Multi-level Governance / Federalism

  Students taking this course will learn about the different types of federalism in a comparative US-Europe context. In examining the relationship between various levels of government in the EU, the multi-level character of the Union will emerge.

Course begins October 14th and ends December 1st.

  USG Course Instructor: Dr. Chris Bourdouvalis  

 

 

2014 - Spring

  Introduction to the European Union

  The purpose of the course is to introduce the European Union (EU). Originally formed in 1957 by six nations, the EU is currently composed of twenty-seven countries from Western and Central Europe. 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 February 3rd and ends May 2nd.

  USG Course Instructor: Dr. Rick Reiman

 

  Social Policy

  This course examines the history of social policy in the European Union, and the course focuses on the current social policy arrangements in Europe and in the European Union. We will examine gender policy, education, child care, elder care, and other policies in the context of improving social conditions in the domestic policy arena.

 This course can be used to fulfill the EU Certificate capstone requirement.

Course begins February 3rd and ends May 2nd.

  USG Course Instructor:   Dr. Chris Bourdouvalis   

 

Foreign Policy

  This course serves as an overview of the ways that the EU acts internationally, and examines the way that foreign policy is made in the EU. It also examines the internal dynamic of foreign policy decision making among European Union member states.

 This course can be used to fulfill the EU Certificate capstone requirement.

Course begins February 3rd and ends May 2nd.

  USG Course Instructor: Dr. Greg Dixon

 

 

2014 - Summer

  Introduction to the European Union

  The purpose of the course is to introduce the European Union (EU). Originally formed in 1957 by six nations, the EU is currently composed of twenty-seven countries from Western and Central Europe. 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.

  USG Course Instructor: Dr. Chris Bourdouvalis

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European Environmental Policy

  This course is a survey of the critical issues that define the relationship between environmental quality and the course of European integration. These include the historical origins of environmental policy, the difficulties of implementing changing regulations, the role of EU governance in policy implementation, and the future prospects for the EU's success in environmental regulation with an occasional glance at environmental policy in the United States.

USG Course Instructor: TBA

   
 
Doing Business in the EU and US

This course focuses on the challenges to business in the US and EU. It focuses on institutions and rules which impact the business environment for domestic and international firms.

  USG Course Instructor: TBA