US-European Relations Since World War II (in English)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Course Description

  • Course Name

    US-European Relations Since World War II (in English)

  • Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, International Relations, International Studies, Multicultural Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Course Description

    The course will analyze the transatlantic relations between Europe and the United States at different levels since the Second World War.

    Course Goals and Methodology

    The main goal of this course is to provide the student with the appropriate googles to analyze the relation between the United States and Europe. In order to do so we will depart from providing the theoretical, historical and institutional context that affects the relation, to later focus on different current issues. The methodology of the course will be based on lectures and class discussions. Students are encouraged to use a Blackboard site, where the professor will post slides, lecture notes, journal articles, assignment instructions, announcements and additional resources. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to help students understand the current events of international politics and how the US and the EU react to them.

    Learning Objectives

    Through this course, students will:

    • Understand the main IR theories and how to use them to analyze current events.
    • Examine the main historical events that have led to the current international context and determine American and European international attitudes.
    • Approach to EU institutions and understand how they affect decision making in Europe.
    • Address the main international current issues and the American and European responses.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the international dynamics and the constrains faced by Americans and Europeans.
    • Gain analytical and critical skills.

    Course Requirements and Grading

    Assessment for the course consists of a mid-term written exam and a final exam. The final exam will relate to all the materials covered in the course. In addition, students will be required to complete assigned readings outside class, which will be tested through five unannounced "pop" quizzes throughout the semester, a group presentation on a topic of their choice, and active participation in class discussions, which will be reflected in their ‘participation’ grade. (N.B.: ‘being there’ does not = ‘participation’).  

    • Midterm Exam   25%  
    • Pop quizzes   20%
    • Final Exam   25%  
    • Participation   20%
    • Group Presentation   10% 

    Course Contents

    1. Introduction to IR Theory
    2. Historical Context
    3. European and International Institutions
    4. Current Issues & Challenges

    Required Texts

    There is no textbook required for this course. Therefore, students are not expected to purchase any material. The instructor will post the class material (Google Slides, case studies handouts, in-class worksheets, announcements, links, and any additional reading) on Blackboard, which is accessible both on campus and off campus. To log in, you need to sign in on using the username and password you received in your orientation folder. 

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.

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


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