The European Union (EU) is one of the world's most ambitious experiments in governance. Consequently, it is both one of the most complex and intriguing international organizations to study and understand. In this course, we will review the history of European integration and we will investigate in detail the main institutions of the EU and how they relate to one another. We will also explore some of the most important current debates revolving around the EU, including the role of public opinion and identity politics for European integration, the 'democratic deficit' and the most recent global financial crisis.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Permission of the instructor required.