Syllabus

Politics of Western Europe

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    General Information

    Professor Information

    Professor Photo
    Dr. Lukas K. Danner
    (305) 348-4520
    PC 520
    By Appointment

    Course Description And Purpose

    This course is a comparative introduction to the governmental systems and current political issues in Europe, with a concentration on Western Europe. The focus will be on a selection of European states and the European Union (EU) as overarching integration project. Through a comparative approach, domestic politics and policymaking, structures and functions of political institutions and political transitions will be analyzed with particular attention to political culture, governance and political parties. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to understand the historical legacies in Western European politics, analyze current Western European political trends through a theoretical (comparative) lens, as well as explain the impact of transnational issues on Western European domestic politics as well as EU integration. Students will be assessed by three reading & concept challenges (a quiz, a midterm and a final), and four discussion arena essays and posts.

    This class counts toward the FIU’s European Studies Certificate and is also a Gordon Rule core curriculum course, which means that you will be expected to write extensively through a number of assignments.

    Course Objectives

    Students will be able to:

    1. Discuss the basic common history of European nations.
    2. Identify different political system in (Western) Europe.
    3. Describe and compare European political systems.
    4. Discuss topics directly related to important questions about Western European politics
    5. Analyze current Western European political trends through a theoretical (comparative) lens
    6. Explain the impact of transnational issues on singular Western European nations
    7. Use college-level research and writing skills when formulating complex arguments.

    Course Awards



    Affordability Counts

    This course has been awarded the Affordability Counts Medallion. The Affordability Counts initiative at FIU seeks to make learning more affordable by reducing the cost of course materials to $60 or less. Find out more by visiting the Affordability Counts website at lowcost.fiu.edu.



    Quality Matters

    This certification mark recognizes that this course met Quality Matters review standards.

    Important Information

    Policies

    Please review the FIU's Policies webpage. The policies webpage contains essential information regarding guidelines relevant to all courses at FIU, as well as additional information about acceptable netiquette for online courses.

    1. All times and deadlines are given in United States Eastern Time (ET).  Also, in case you are taking this class remotely, make sure you have the correct time difference between ET and where you are, including the current Daylight Savings Time (especially if there is no daylight savings time where you are and the time difference may have changed)..
    2. No incompletes are given.
    3. No make-up opportunities are given.
    4. For discussion arena: Late submissions will result in point penalties according to this rule: one day late = -10 %, two days late = -20 %, three days late = -30 %, etc.
    5. For online reading & concept challenges in Respondus LockDown Browser: reading & concept challenges will be open for one week. Once the reading & concept challenge closes at the deadline, it will not be re-opened for you and it will irrevocably count as a zero, if you did not take it before the deadline.
    6. Copying from the textbook or cutting and pasting sections from websites or other reference materials or presenting someone else’s ideas as your own is plagiarism and will not be tolerated and will result in zero (0) points for that assignment. Please review the FIU Plagiarism Prevention Guide.  In addition, all work submitted must be original for this class.
    7. This class will utilize the Turnitin originality software—integrated with Canvas.
    8. If the instructor is unable to open an attachment, it must be resubmitted within 48 hours or the assignment will be issued a zero.
    9. Always check the uploaded attachment is correct.  After the deadline passes, the content submitted will be used for grading.
    10. Medical emergencies can generally not count as excuses for not submitting assignments, taking tests or posting essays/replies. This is because the assessments (whether they be discussion arena posts, online reading & concept challenges, or written assignments) are open for several days, sometimes weeks each and therefore you will have much leeway in deciding when to take an reading & concept challenge, or submit an assignment. The only exception would be a truly grave medical emergency/accident in which you are hospitalized for several days or weeks. In such case, obtain written documentation and send a scan to instructor.
    11. Textbooks and the purchase thereof are the student’s responsibility. Some article readings will be offered as download in Canvas (“Course Readings” menu item) which are marked on this syllabus as “[PDF]” following the assigned reading below. Any readings from the assigned textbooks will not be made available for download. The Tiersky & Jones Europe Today textbook is available, though, from FIU Library as eBook without any charge. However, the Bale European Politics textbook needs to be rented or purchased by students.
    12. There is no extra-credit in this class.
    13. Appointments: I welcome students to contact me by email with questions or email me to make an appointment with me to meet on campus (MMC, for South Florida residents) or via Skype (for remote students).
    14. The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus should the need arise.

    Technical Requirements & Skills

    One of the greatest barriers to taking an online course is a lack of basic computer literacy. By computer literacy we mean being able to manage and organize computer files efficiently, and learning to use your computer's operating system and software quickly and easily. Keep in mind that this is not a computer literacy course; but students enrolled in online courses are expected to have moderate proficiency using a computer. Please go to the "What's Required" webpage to find out more information on this subject.

    This course utilizes the following tools:

    Technical problems can sometimes come up unexpectedly. Students should have a backup plan for Internet and e-mail access in the event the home or work computer connection goes off line or crashes. Always keep a back-up copy of all assignments, discussion posts, and e-mails in a safe place. Though they are rare, major system outages and failures do happen. Individual technical problems are not an acceptable excuse for late assignments.

    Throughout the semester, readings, announcements, notes of clarification, and grades will be placed in the FIU Online classroom. To access these, students will need to enter the classroom regularly (at least three times each week). Students should do a browser check-up to ensure all features in the FIU Online classroom work properly.

    All technical problems should be directed to the FIU Support Services Help Desk by phone at 1-877-3-ELEARN or online. Be certain to request and note the “trouble ticket” number, which will be used to verify any claims of a system failure.

    This class will use the Adobe Connect live classroom. Students must be able to access and use the Adobe Connect live classroom software. To get the most out of the live class experience, a headset (microphone and headphones all in one) is recommended, but not required.

    Reference Adobe Connect (Tutorials & Help) for additional information.

    This course utilizes the following tools:

    1. Discussion Arena (four posts in total: one response to the posted question, one follow-up question for discussion, and two responses to peers' posts for each quest)
    2. Adobe Connect (lectures; live and recorded)
    3. Online reading & concept challenges with Respondus LockDown Browser (both fully online)
    4. Program to compose written assignments (Microsoft Word, Open Office, etc.)
    5. Adobe Acrobat Reader (Free at Adobe Website)
    6. Internet Browser (preferred: Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome and Safari have been known to not work consistently with Adobe Connect, so the latter browsers are not recommended)

    Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.

    Accessibility And Accommodation

    The Disability Resource Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create diverse learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable. The DRC provides FIU students with disabilities the necessary support to successfully complete their education and participate in activities available to all students. If you have a diagnosed disability and plan to utilize academic accommodations, please contact the Center at 305-348-3532 or visit them at the Graham Center GC 190.

    Please visit our ADA Compliance webpage for information about accessibility involving the tools used in this course.

    Please visit Accessibility Within Canvas webpage for more information. 

    For additional assistance please contact FIU's Disability Resource Center.

    Course Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites for this course.

    Proctored Exam Policy

    There are no proctored exams for this course.

    Academic Misconduct Statement

    Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.

    Academic Misconduct includes: Cheating – The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Plagiarism – The use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is responsible for plagiarism.

    Learn more about the academic integrity policies and procedures as well as student resources that can help you prepare for a successful semester.

    Textbook

    Textbook Image
    European Politics: A Comparative Introduction (Comparative Government and Politics)​
    Tim Bale
    Palgrave Macmillan, 4th Edition, 2017
    ISBN-10: 1137581336
    ISBN-13: 9781137581334
    This textbook is required to be obtained by the student and will not be provided by instructor.

    (ca. $45 new - Price at the FIU Bookstore)

    Textbook Image
    Europe Today: A Twenty-first Century Introduction​
    Ronald Tiersky & Erik Jones
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 5th Edition, 2014
    ISBN-10: 1442221100
    ISBN-13: 9781442221109
    This textbook is required for the course, but you do not need to purchase it. It is available online free of charge via FIU Libraries (this page says 4th edition but the eBook is the 5th edition; the library is aware of the discrepancy and is working on correcting the catalog page). From that page, you should select “FIU users: view content here” - if off-campus, you will be asked to sign in for off-campus access using your regular FIU credentials - then from the EBL page, you should select “Login through your Library.” Lastly, you should click “Read Online (Available).” 

    (ca. $81 new; ca. $25 used; ca. $72 kindle - Prices on Amazon.com)

    Expectations Of This Course

    This is an online course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.

    Students are expected to:

    • Review the how to get started information located in the course content
    • Introduce yourself to the class during the first week by posting a self-introduction in the appropriate discussion forum
    • Take the practice quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with Canvas
    • Interact online with instructor(s) and peers
    • Review and follow the course calendar
    • Log in to the course several times per week
    • Respond to discussion arenas by the corresponding deadline
    • Respond to emails within three days
    • Submit assignments by the corresponding deadline

    The instructor will:

    • Log in to the course several times per week
    • Respond to discussion arenas within three days
    • Respond to emails within 1 business day
    • Grade assignments within four days of the assignment deadline

    Course Detail

    Course Communication

    Communication in this course will take place via Canvas's Conversations Tool.

    The feature is a communication tool that allows users to send messages to users enrolled within the course including the instructor and other students. Emails are sent to the students' FIU email on record. The inbox is located on the left side Course Menu (Canvas user interface).

    Visit our writing resources page for more information on professional writing and technical communication skills.

    Discussion Arenas

    Keep in mind that your discussion arena postings will likely be seen by other members of the course. Care should be taken when determining what to post.

    The first part of this assignment is posting your own response to each quest and corresponding reading on Canvas’s “Discussions” page. Questions that you may respond to after reading are going to be provided in the heading of the discussion arena. The discussion arena that corresponds to each quest will be opened shortly after the quest becomes available. Your response should be between 300 and 350 words long, be structured like an essay, and ideally show reference to the studied quest and readings. At the end of your essay, please provide a question for further discussion that your classmates may reply to in the second part of this assignment. This first part of the assignment is graded with a rubric.

    The second part of this assignment is reading and replying to the discussion posts of two of your peers. So after you have posted your own, original response in the first part of the assignment (reading others’ discussion posts is disabled until you post your own), you need to reply to, at least, two (2) discussion posts of your classmates: This will contribute to the discussion character of this task. This second part of the assignment is graded and included in the rubric.

    This assignment corresponds to our quests in the course content and the assigned reading to it. We may use Turnitin to check the originality of your posted essay. If you borrow material, identify the sources via proper citation. Your essay post must answer the question(s) provided to guide you in this assignment. Your posts will be graded in the order that they are submitted. Opinions and examples are valuable to your posts but you need to show that you have read the assigned reading and class quest.

    Items to consider when writing your discussion:

    • Relevance to assigned material: the posted ideas indicate that the student has read the assigned material.
    • Clarity and coherence.
    • Critical thinking: there is evidence that the student has adequately analyzed, synthesized, and evaluated the assigned material.
    • Your discussion includes a question for further discussion on the topic. The posting articulates a question for discussion that pertains to the assigned material.
    • Spelling, grammar: the posting must meet university-level standards of spelling and grammar.
    • Length: the initial posting for each discussion post essay must be between 300 and 350 words.
    • Guidelines: First submit your essay (ca. 300 words), then separately submit your discussion question, and then proceed to look at your peers posts and reply to at least two different peers’ questions/react to their essay.
    • Please note: You will not be able to see what your peers have posted prior to submitting your initial post (essay). This is to ensure originality and no copy-paste/filibustering mentality. Should your first post be an empty post (to circumvent this initial blocking view of others’ posts), it will count as zero (0) points.
    • Late submission is subject to the deduction policy specified above under “Policies.”

    Rubric:

    • Student clearly and coherently answers the question posted (1 point)
    • Student posts a question for further discussion (1 point)
    • Student includes theoretical concepts for discussion (2 points)
    • Student includes explanations on the application of the concepts (4 points)
    • Student uses University-level standards for spelling and grammar and professional demeanor (1 points)
    • Student answers to peers’ discussion questions with two replies (1 point)

    Assessments

    In order to mitigate any issues with your computer and online assessments, it is very important that you take the "Practice Quiz" from each computer you will be using to take your graded quizzes and exams. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements.

    Assessments in this course are not compatible with mobile devices and should not be taken through a mobile phone or a tablet. If you need further assistance please contact FIU Online Support Services.

    There will be THREE ONLINE READING & CONCEPT CHALLENGES (with Respondus Lockdown Browser).

    Assessment Expectations:

    • Complete the three online reading & concept challenges (Quiz, Midterm & Final) within this course
    • Relevant material for reading & concept challenges are PowerPoints, Lectures, and—first and foremost—assigned required readings. Reading which are merely recommended are not directly relevant as reading & concept challenge material—unless they have been mentioned, summarized or introduced via lectures or quests, for example (nevertheless, you do not have to read them but just know what was mentioned about them, if they came up in lectures/quests).
    • The reading & concept challenges are cumulative, meaning that they cover all material previously learned, though they have a focus on the material learned after the last test.
    • Reading & concept challenges will consist of multiple-choice questions.
      • The first online reading & concept challenge (Quiz) will become available for you to take it on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 12:00am ET and is scheduled with a deadline of Monday, July 3, 2017, i.e., it is due by 11:59pm ET.
      • The second online reading & concept challenge (Midterm) will become available for you to take it on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 12:00am ET and is scheduled with a deadline of Monday, July 17, 2017, i.e., it is due by 11:59pm ET.
      • The third online reading & concept challenge (Final) will become available for you to take it on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 12:00am ET and is scheduled with a deadline of Friday, July 28, 2017, i.e., it is due by 11:59pm ET.
    • The assessment duration is 60 minutes for the quiz and midterm, 120 minutes for the final.
    • If you access the reading & concept challenge last minute, e.g. on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11:58pm ET, then your reading & concept challenge submission would be marked as “late” and will be subject to point deductions. Therefore, it is recommended to take the reading & concept challenge the latest one hour before the deadline. Please note that the assessment will close permanently after the deadline, so taking (and starting) it late is not possible.
    • Result details:
      • Students will be able to see their results after the availability period has ended (i.e. all of the questions and answers).
    • The expected turn-around time for grades on online reading & concept challenges is immediately after the submission deadline.
    • Review the Respondus LockDown Browser Instructions on how to install, access your assessments and view your grades.
    • After installing the browser, please take the Practice Quiz to familiarize yourself with the testing environment and to ensure that you have downloaded the Respondus Lockdown Browser correctly.

    Adobe Connect Pro Meeting

    6Adobe Connect is an online meeting room where you can interact with your professor and fellow students by sharing screens or files, chat, broadcast live audio, and take part in other interactive online activities. We will be utilizing this tool to conduct lectures accompanying the modules.

    Meetings will be available on the following dates—live and as recordings thereafter (if you cannot make it):

    Quest 1: 

    • Meeting 1: Live on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm

    Quest 2: 

    • Meeting 2: Pre-recorded, will be available by Friday, June 23, 2017, 5:15pm
    • Meeting 3: Pre-recorded, will be available by Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 5:15pm

    Quest 3: 

    • Meeting 4: Pre-recorded, will be available by Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:15pm
    • Meeting 5: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm
    • Meeting 6: Live on Friday, July 7, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm
    • Meeting 7: Live on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm

    Quest 4: 

    • Meeting 8: Live on Friday, July 14, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm
    • Meeting 9: Live on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm
    • Meeting 10: Live on Friday, July 21, 2017 / 6:15pm-7:15pm

    Requirements for using Adobe Connect:

    • Disable any window pop-up blocker.
    • Adobe Flash Player is required to successfully run your Adobe Connect meeting. You can test your computer to make sure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience.
    • Use of a combination headset and microphone with USB connection is recommended to ensure quality sound and reduce technical difficulties.
    • I recommend using Mozilla Firefox browser. Internet Explorer or Safari browsers may be used, however, Google Chrome is known not to work with Adobe Connect, so please refrain from using the latter.

      Reference Adobe Connect (Tutorials & Help) for additional information.

    Grading

    Course Requirements Number of Items Weight
    Discussion Arena Participation (10% each) 4 40%
    Reading & Concept Quiz Challenge 1 10%
    Reading & Concept Midterm Challenge 1 20%
    Reading & Concept Final Challenge 1 30%
    Total 7 100%
    Letter Range (%) Letter Range (%) Letter Range (%)
    A 95 or above B 83 - 86 C 70 - 76
    A- 90 - 94 B- 80 - 82 D 60 - 69
    B+ 87 - 89 C+ 77 - 79 F 59 or less

    Course Calendar

    Important Dates and Deadlines

    6Discussion Arena Posts:

    • June 27, 2017 (Tuesday) - First discussion arena, essay & discussion question due by 11:59pm ET.
    • June 29, 2017 (Thursday) – First discussion arena, two participation replies due by 11:59pm ET.
    • July 5, 2017 (Wednesday) - Second discussion arena, essay & discussion question due by 11:59pm ET.
    • July 7, 2017 (Friday) – Second discussion arena, two participation replies due by 11:59pm ET.
    • July 11, 2017 (Tuesday) - Third discussion arena, essay & discussion question due by 11:59pm ET.
    • July 13, 2017 (Thursday) – Third discussion arena, two participation replies due by 11:59pm ET.
    • July 18, 2017 (Tuesday) - Fourth discussion arena, essay & discussion question due by 11:59pm ET.
    • July 20, 2017 (Thursday) – Fourth discussion arena, two participation replies due by 11:59pm ET.

    Reading & Concept Challenges:

    • July 3, 2017 (Monday) – First online reading & concept challenge (Quiz) due by 11:59pm ET.
    • July 17, 2017 (Monday) – Second online reading & concept challenge (Midterm) due by 11:59pm ET.
    • July 28, 2017 (Friday) – Third online reading & concept challenge (Final) due by 11:59pm ET.

    Adobe Connect Lectures:

    • Meeting 1: Live on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm.
    • Meeting 2: Pre-recorded, will be available by Friday, June 23, 2017, 5:15pm.
    • Meeting 3: Pre-recorded, will be available by Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 5:15pm.
    • Meeting 4: Pre-recorded, will be available by Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:15pm.
    • Meeting 5: Live on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm.
    • Meeting 6: Live on Friday, July 7, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm.
    • Meeting 7: Live on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm.
    • Meeting 8: Live on Friday, July 14, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm.
    • Meeting 9: Live on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / 5:15pm-6:15pm.
    • Meeting 10: Live on Friday, July 21, 2017 / 6:15pm-7:15pm.
    • No meeting on July26 and July 28, 2017 due to last week of Summer B.

    University Deadlines:

    • June 26, 2017 – Add/Drop period ends
    • July 4, 2017 – Independence Day (University closed, no classes)
    • July 17, 2017 – Last Day to Drop Course with a DR grade
    • July 28, 2017 – Lasy Day of Classes
    • August 3, 2017 – Grades available on my.fiu.edu by 9:00am

    Level Schedule

    QUEST 1: COMMON WESTERN EUROPEAN HISTORY

    Supports Course Learning Objectives:

    • Utilize class technology for introductions (Introduce Yourself Challenge).
    • Prepare your computer for assessments by taking the Practice Quiz.
    Intro Review the How to Get Started information located in the Course Content.
    Level 1
    June 19-22

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Bale, European Politics, chapter 1.

    Recommended:

    1. Bale, European Politics, introduction (pp. 1-6).
    2. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, introduction (pp. 1-16).

    Attend (or watch recording of) Meeting 1:

    • June 21, 2017, 5:15pm-6:15pm ET [Course Intro / Transitions and Traditions in European History]

    Watch Welcome Video

    Review the Syllabus

    Introduce yourself to the course in the Discussion Arena (Extra Credit opportunity: Record and upload video/video link of your introduction and earn 1% Extra Credit)

    Complete practice quiz
    QUEST 2: BASICS OF COMPARATIVE POLITICS

    Supports Course Learning Objectives:

    • Describe and compare European political systems.
    • Use college-level research and writing skills when formulating complex arguments.
    • Identify countries on the European map.
    • Recognize basics of comparative politics as they relate to Western Europe.
    Level 2
    June 23-26

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Bale, European Politics, chapters 3.
    2. Bale, European Politics, chapter 5.

    Watch recording of Meeting 2:

    • Pre-recorded, will be available by June 23, 2017, 5:15pm ET [Democracy and Political Parties & Governments & Constitutions]
    Level 3
    June 27-29

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Bale, European Politics, chapter 6.
    2. Bale, European Politics, chapter 4.

    Watch recording of Meeting 3:

    • Pre-recorded, will be available by June 28, 2017, 5:15pm ET [Electoral Processes & Governmental Coalition Building]

    Submit first discussion arena: Essay & Question:

    • Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:59pm ET.

    Submit first discussion arena: Two Responses to Peers:

    • Thursday, June 29, 2017, 11:59pm ET.
    QUEST 3: COUNTRY FOCUS & INTRODUCTION TO EU

    Supports Course Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss topics directly related to important questions about Western European politics.
    • Analyze current Western European political trends through a theoretical (comparative) lens.
    • Use college-level research and writing skills when formulating complex arguments.
    • Identify different political systems in Western Europe.
    • Analyze the relation of Western European countries with the European Union.
    • Identify a suitable topic for your research paper.
    Level 4
    June 30 - July 3

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapter 1.
    2. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapter 2.

    Watch recording of Meeting 4:

    • Pre-recorded, will be available by June 30, 2017, 5:15pm ET [France & UK].

    Take first online reading & concept challenge (Quiz):

    • opens Friday, June 30, 2017, 12:00am ET and remains open until it closes permanently on Monday, July 3, 2017, 11:59pm ET.
    Level 5
    July 4-6

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapter 3.
    2. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapter 4.

    Attend (or watch recording of) Meeting 5:

    • July 5, 2017, 5:15pm-6:15pm ET [Germany & Italy].

    Submit second discussion arena: Essay & Question:

    • Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 11:59pm ET.

    Submit second discussion arena: Two Responses to Peers:

    • Friday, July 7, 2017, 11:59pm ET.
    Level 6
    July 7-10

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapter 5.
    2. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapter 6.

    Attend (or watch recording of) Meeting 6:

    • July 7, 2017, 5:15pm-6:15pm ET [Spain & Sweden].
    Level 7
    July 11-13

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, 9.
    2. Bale, European Politics, chapter 2.

    Attend (or watch recording of) Meeting 7:

    • July 12, 2017, 5:15pm-6:15pm ET [EU Integration/Introduction to the EU].

    Submit third discussion arena: Essay & Question:

    • Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 11:59pm ET.

    Submit third discussion arena: Two Responses to Peers:

    • Thursday, July 13, 2017, 11:59pm ET.
    6QUEST 4: PAN-EUROPEAN ISSUES

    Supports Course Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss topics directly related to important questions about Western European politics.
    • Analyze current Western European political trends through a theoretical (comparative) lens.
    • Explain the impact of transnational issues on singular Western European nations.
    • Use college-level research and writing skills when formulating complex arguments.
    • Compare different political systems in Western Europe.
    • Explain a variety of pan-European issues.
    • Identify a suitable thesis statement for your research paper.
    • Summarize the main points of your paper in an outline.
    • Evaluate and compare an issue or political trend which is present in two or three Western European countries.
    Level 8
    July 14-17

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapters 13 & 14.
    2. Bale, European Politics, chapters 10 & 11.

    Attend (or watch recording of) Meeting 8:

    • July 14, 2017, 5:15pm-6:15pm ET [Migrants, Minorities, Security/Foreign Policy].

    Take the second online reading & concept challenge (Midterm):

    • opens Friday, July 14, 2017, 12:00am and remains open until it closes on Monday, July 17, 2017, 11:59pm EDT.
    Level 9
    July 18-20

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapters 10-11.
    2. Bale, European Politics, chapter 9.

    Attend (or watch recording of) Meeting 9:

    • July 19, 2017, 5:15pm-6:15pm ET [Politics & Markets, Political Economy, Financial Crisis].

    Submit fourth discussion arena: Essay & Question:

    • Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 11:59pm ET.

    Submit fourth discussion arena: Two Responses to Peers:

    • Thursday, July 20, 2017, 11:59pm ET.
    Level 10
    July 21-23

    Assigned reading:

    Required:

    1. Tiersky & Jones, Europe Today, chapters 8 & 12.
    2. Laffan, “The Future of the EU,” [PDF available on Canvas].

    Attend (or watch recording of) Meeting 10:

    • July 21, 2017, 6:15pm-7:15pm ET [Comparison with Poland, European Law & Politics, Future of the EU].
    Level 11
    July 24-28

    [Finals Week]

    Take Third Reading & Concept Challenge (Final): 

    • opens Monday, July 24, 2017, 12:00am and remains open until it closes permanently on Friday, July 28, 2017, 11:59pm ET.