Themes and Issues in Transatlantic Relations

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Themes and Issues in Transatlantic Relations

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, European Studies, International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course surveys and analyzes the interaction between Europe and America since 1945 in the fields of politics, economics, and culture. Special emphasis will be placed on the roles of the United States, Germany, and the European Union.  

    The first part will have a time-line approach, discussing cooperation and divergence of  interests before, during, and after the Cold War and after 9/11. 

    During the second part, we will focus on issues of common concern for the U.S. and Europe today and on challenges facing the transatlantic partnership during the era of globalisation with its challenges to the common values of the “West”.  

    Current events will be discussed whenever they become relevant.

    The course may include a guest speaker and a visit to the German Foreign Ministry for a talk on German-American relations.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations