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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 110 E Pluribus Unum: The European Union and the Surrender of Sovereignty

After a long history of fragmentation, conflict, and pessimism, Europe has come to embrace a new era of mutual trust, optimism, and self-confidence, with European Union countries ceding long-cherished sovereignty to a supra-national body, launching a common currency, and reaching out to integrate the new democracies of Eastern and Central Europe. Through readings, films, discussion, and writing, students are engaged in an exploration of the factors that were central to this transformation from nation-state to "United Europe" and of the challenges the EU faces in redefining its own borders and methods of governance.