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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: POSC 331
Course Title: European Politics
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Analysis of the government and politics of the major European powers, including Britain, France and Germany, as well as the European Union. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.



Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

European Politics in Transition
By Kesselman, Mark, Joel Krieger, et. al (Houghton-Mifflin)
Developments in the West European Politics 2
By Rhodes, Martin, Paul Heywood, and Vincent Wright, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan)
European Politics Today
By lmond, Dalton, and Powell (Longman)
European Politics Today: The Democratic Experience
By Wilson, Frank L. (Prentice Hall)
Global Studies: Western Europe
By Frankland, Gene, ed. (Dushkin)
Course Objectives
  • To compare and contrast the politics of the industrialized countries of Europe, particularly the politics of the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
  • To investigate contemporary political and economic challenges facing European societies.
  • To develop understanding of the evolution of European integration and the current role of the European Union in world politics.
    Measurable Learning
  • Identify the significant historical and cultural factors that shaped the political development of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and other selected European nations.
  • Compare and contrast the historical path of development of the countries studied.
  • Identify and explain the functioning of governmental institutions in the aforementioned countries and other European countries selected by the instructor.
  • Identify and explain the role of significant political actors in European countries, such as the role of political parties, organized interests, etc.
  • Describe and explain the process of economic development in the European countries selected for study.
  • Describe the evolution of European integration.
  • Explain and evaluate the functioning of the institutions of the European Union.
  • Recognize the international role played by the European Union.
    Topical Outline: Note: A significant, intensive writing component is required for this course. The requirement may be satisfied by a single type-written paper of twelve pages in length or more, properly cited, or by multiple assignments of equivalent length.

    It is expected that instructors will cover the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the European Union. Individual instructors may choose to add additional countries for study.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Brian Kessel Date: May 1, 2010
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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