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Many courses with a strong EU component are offered every year at Princeton.

ECO 372/EPS 342   Economics of the European Union

Sylvia Weyerbrock

This course studies the economies of current and prospective EU members and economic integration in Europe after 1945. It explores the political motivation for, and the economic implications of, the European Union’s moves towards deeper integration and enlargement. Topics include policy-making in the EU, adoption of common policies including European Monetary Union and the Euro and their implications for fiscal and labor market policies, problems raised by an EU enlargement for the EU and for the joining countries. The course also studies current economic issues facing various member and applicant countries such as the debt crises in Greece, Portugal, and Ireland and the EU’s response. National priorities and concerns have a strong impact on EU policy making.


POL 434 Europe in World Affairs

Ezra Suleiman

This course covers Europe's historical and contemporary role in world politics. Topics include the legacy of the two world wars, the Cold War, colonialism and decolonization, the genesis and subsequent development of the EC/EU, and the challenges confronting present-day Europe. These challenges include immigration, enlargement, democratization, and the EU's role in military affairs. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the evolution of Europe's role in world affairs, an ability to explain and evaluate contemporary European foreign policy, and a greater capacity to critically analyze history's repetitive nature.


POL 509  State, Society, and Democracy in Twentieth Century Europe

Jan-Werner Mueller

Situated at the intersection of the history of political thought, public law, and social theory, this course examines the ways European thinkers have argued about how, if at all, democratic ideals can be realized in the circumstances of modernity, social complexity and modern capitalism in particular. Evaluation of their arguments about the political forms, especially types of states, and the bases of social integration, nationalism in particular, that democracy might require. Special attention is paid to the evolution of the welfare-state, its critics from Hayek to Foucault, and attempts to save it on a supranational level.