Course No.: IST 215

Course Title: The New Europe

Credits: 3


Catalog Description:

An overview of the historical development of European political and cultural identity from 1947 to the present. One of the major elements of the course will be the study of common economic policies, as well as the introduction of the Euro and its impact on global relations. In addition, this course will examine the future challenges presented by the growth of the European Union, its stability, and the question of European constitutional and institutional reforms.


Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the history and major events of Postwar Europe
  • Understand the history and evolution of U.S.– EU relations
  • Trace the process of European integration
  • Describe the structure, organization, and decision-making mechanisms of the EU
  • Be familiar with other European organizations, including NATO, OSCE, CSCE, and others
  • Understand the roles of key political parties and movements
  • Be familiar with the basic trends in Europe’s monetary policy
  • Understand the key issues of European (and trans-Atlantic) security
  • Understand European approaches to energy and the environment
  • Apply the knowledge of European political organizations, social structures, and cultural identity to a case study on one particular European country
  • Evaluate the foreign policy role of Europe


Required Readings:

There are two recommended reference books:

  • Judt, T. (2005): Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945; Penguin.
  • Tiersky, R. & E. Jones, eds. (2015): Europe Today: A Twenty-first Century Introduction, 4th ed; Rowman & Littlefield.