HONR 314 - The EU in the 21st Century: Past Successes and Future Challenges

This course aims to expose and familiarize students with the contemporary economic and political developments in Europe. The seminar will provide students with the knowledge and skills to critically analyze all politico-economic phenomena which shaped modern Europe following World War II. The seminar will begin by examining, from a historical perspective, how and why various intellectual and ideological approaches to reconstruct, unify and revitalize Europe were developed. European countries, by signing a sequence of treaties, established the European Union (EU), which successfully safeguarded peace and promoted prosperity among EU countries for more than 60 years. Students will learn how a divided and destroyed Europe was able to rise from the ashes of the two world wars.

Students in this seminar will devote most of their time to studying, conducting research, debating, and writing plans and proposals for how the EU countries will surpass the present impediments and proceed along their long path of political and economic integration and development.

ECON 320 - European Integration

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the economic and political developments in Europe after the end of World War II. The two catastrophic wars left Europe totally devastated and demoralized at the end of 1945. The U.S. decided to assist Europe with a massive aid project that became known as the Marshall Plan. The U.S., however, soon realized that Europe was in desperate need of major economic reforms that extended beyond the borders of the small nation-states. It was suggested by U.S. government officials and other prominent Europeans that Europe should become a common market similar to the U.S. where goods, services and factors of production are allowed to move freely without any artificial barriers. Indeed, the idea was received well and many programs were introduced and adopted to integrate a divided and destroyed continent.

This course follows all such developments starting with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 to the adoption of the euro and the establishment of the European and Economic Monetary Union (EMU). Students will be introduced to all the political and historical events that led to the establishment of the EU and the EMU. More importantly, students will investigate the economic and political rationale that led countries to yield their sovereign national authorities to a supranational authority.

ECON 495 - Exploration of the European Union

The purpose of this course is to study the political and economic development in Europe after World War II. Several European states after World War II found the need to embark on a new path that led to peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and prosperity for the entire European continent.

In past semesters, this course took students into the heart of Europe. Arrangements were made for the group to visit all the EU institutions. Students spent four days in Brussels, where the European Commission and the Council, two of the most important EU institutions, are located. Students traveled by train to Strasbourg, France to visit the European Parliament. The plan was to meet with members of European Parliament and attend a plenary session of the parliament. From Strasbourg, students traveled to Luxembourg in order to visit the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Auditors. From Luxembourg the students traveled to Paris. In Paris, the group had many opportunities to visit several famous monuments and museums.

ECON 495 at ICJ