Regional Studies: Europe

Universidad EAFIT

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Regional Studies: Europe

  • Host University

    Universidad EAFIT

  • Location

    Medellín, Colombia

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    In centuries past, Europe was at the very heart of global political and economic systems –
    defining them both in conceptual terms through innovations such as the territorial state,
    industrial capitalism and organized religion, as well as by actually dominating large parts of
    the world through direct or indirect imperial rule.
    Nowadays, though much reduced in its global role after two world wars, Europe still
    represents one of the key areas in the global political system – not only because of its states’
    power and influence within the system, but also because of the inspiration provided by its
    process of economic and political integration in the European Union, which constitutes one
    of the most important economic blocks in the world. On the other hand, the economic and
    political crises that the European Union is currently facing – as well as the renewed threat
    of military aggression on its eastern borders – are putting in doubt what were perhaps
    excessively optimistic projections about the future of that same European project.
    All of these elements make Europe a mandatory object of study for anybody interested in
    the fields of International Relations and International Business – considering, for example,
    the new perspectives for the bilateral relationship with Colombia opened by the recent
    negotiation of a free trade agreement.
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the central political, economic and
    historical aspects of European international relations and to the role it currently plays in
    global politics, and to provide them with analytic skills to interpret the structures and
    dynamics of the region and its interactions with Latin America and Colombia.
    Europe – The Empire that Wasn’t
    - Spruyt, Hendrik (1994): The Sovereign State and its Competitors, Chapter 3.
    Princeton University Press.
    - Tilly, Charles (1989): Cities and States in Europe, 1000-1800, Theory and
    Society 18/5, 563-584.
    The Evolution of the Early Modern European State System
    - Osiander, Andreas (2001): Sovereignty, International Relations, and the
    Westphalian Myth, in: International Organization, Vol. 55, No. 2, pp. 251-287.
    - Møller, Jørgen (2014): Why Europe Avoided Hegemony: A Historical
    Perspective on the Balance of Power, in: International Studies Quarterly 58, pp.
    Liberalism, Nationalism and Imperialism in 19th Century Europe
    - Bukovansky, Mlada (1999): The altered state and the state of nature—the
    French Revolution and international politics, in: Review of International Studies,
    Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 197-216.
    - Buzan, Barry/Lawson, George (2015): Chapter 6, Establishing a CorePeriphery
    International Order, in: idem., The Global Transformation: History,
    Modernity and the Making of International Relations. Cambridge University
    World Wars and Totalitarian Modernity in Europe
    - Snyder, Jack (2014): Better Now Than Later. The Paradox of 1914 as
    Everyone’s Favored Year for War, in: International Security, Vol. 39, N
    Transformative Perspectives on Europe after the Cold War
    - Diez, Thomas/Manners, Ian/Whitman, Richard G. (2011): The Changing Nature
    of International Institutions in Europe: the Challenge of the European Union, in:
    Journal of European Integration, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 117-138.
    - Fligstein, Neil et al. (2012): European Integration, Nationalism and European
    Identity, in: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 50, No. S1, pp. 106-122.
    Transformation Processes in Central Eastern Europe
    - Subotic, Jelena (2011): Europe is a State of Mind: Identity and Europeanization
    in the Balkans, in: International Studies Quarterly 55, pp. 309-330.
    - Rae, Gavin (2011): On the Periphery: The Uneven Development of the
    European Union and the Effects of the Economic Crisis on Central-Eastern
    Europe, in: Global Society, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 249-266.
    Political Economy and Welfare States in Europe
    - Hall, Peter A. (2014): Varieties of Capitalism and the Euro Crisis, in: West
    European Politics, Vol. 37, No. 6, 1223-1243.
    - Esping-Andersen, Gøsta (2006): Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, in:
    Pierson, Christopher/Castles, Francis G. (eds.): The Welfare State Reader, 2nd
    ed., Cambridge, pp. 160–174.
    Fortress Europe? Migration and Societal Change
    - Malik, Kenan (2015): The Failure of Multiculturalism. Community Versus Society
    in Europe, in: Foreign Affairs, Vol. 94, No. 2, pp. 21-32.
    - Heisbourg, François (2015): The Strategic Implications of the Syrian Refugee
    Crisis, in: Survival, Vol. 57, No. 6, pp. 7-20.
    Back to the Future? Scenarios for the Future of Europe
    - Mearsheimer, John J. (1990): Back to the Future: Instability in Europe after the
    Cold War, in: International Security, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 5-56.
    - Van Evera, Steven (1990): Primed for Peace: Europe after the Cold War, in:
    International Security, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 7-57.
    So close, but yet so far – Europe and Latin America
    - García, María (2015): The European Union and Latin America: ‘Transformative
    power Europe’ versus the realities of economic interests, in: Cambridge Review
    of International Affairs, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 621–640.
    - Malamud, Andrés/Schmitter, Philippe C. (2007): The Experience of European
    Integration and the Potential for Integration in South America, IBEI Working
    Paper 2007/6.
    Evaluation % of the Total
    In class activities (presentations, Blog, etc.) 30%
    First Midterm 20%
    Second Midterm 20%
    Final Exam 30%
    • Borchardt, K-D. (1995) European Integration: The origins and growth of the
    European Union, Luxembourg: Office of Official Publications of the European
    Community, 80 p.
    • Davies, K. (2007) Understanding European Law, New York, 187p.
    • Deway P. (2008). Transnational Cultural Policymaking in the European Union,
    Journal of Arts, Management, Law and Society volume 38 (issue 2), p. 99-119.
    • Diez-Hochleitner, J. & Martínez Capdevila, C. (2001) Derecho de la Unión
    Europea, Textos y Comentarios. Madrid: McGraw-Hill / Ciencias Jurídicas, 1323p.
    • Dinan, D. (2005) Ever closer Union: An introduction to European Integration.
    Boulder, CO : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 665 p.
    • European Commission Colombia Country Strategy Paper 2007 - 2013. Available
    • European Commission Latin America Regional Programming Document 2007 –
    2013. Available at
    • European Solidarity with the victims of humanitarian crisis: Humanitarian aid in the
    European Union. A publication of the European Commission (2001).
    • Foederer, A., Maniam B., Leavell, H. (2009), The Euro: The Next Global
    Currency?, The Business Review volume 12 (issue 2), p.44-50
    • Hartley, T.C. (2003) The Foundations of European Community Law: An
    Introduction to the Constitutional and Administrative Law of the European
    Community. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 493p.
    • Nugent, N. (2006) The Government and Politics of the European Union, New York,
    • Pinder, J. (1995) European Community: The Building of a Union, Oxford : Oxford
    University Press, 277 p.
    • Richardson, J. (ed.) (2001) European Union: Power and Policy Making. London;
    New York: Routledge, 388p.
    • Silje Sandnes Log. (2008). What are the consequences of adopting the Euro?,
    Séminaire de politique macroéconomique
    • Simms, Brendan (2013): Europe. The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the
    Present; London.
    • The EU in the World: The foreign policy of the European Union. A publication of
    the European Commission (2007).
    • Tonra, B. & Christiansen, T. (eds) (2004) Rethinking European Union foreign
    policy. Manchester University Press, 175 p.
    • Weiler, J.H.H. et al. (2004) Integration in an Expanding European Union:
    Reassessing the Fundamentals. Oxford : Blackwell Publishing, 418p.

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