Europe and its Crises
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPOL 3247
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
What is meant by “Europe”? How has “crisis” (not a new concept in terms of Europe at all) been conceptualized? This class explores the different disciplinary points of view from which these questions can be approached. The class examines key periods in European history such as the Weimar Republic, WWII and the Holocaust, the European Community in 1973, and political crisis in Greece throughout the 20th century. It also addresses the different types of perceived crises in the European context: migration, the debate on the veil, political movements, and resistances to globalization. At the end of the semester students will be able to argue on the meanings of Europe, the various disciplinary views deployed to address it as a problematic, and debates that surround it as a concept and a formulation. Students will also learn how to produce and organize a viable research project from the perspective of European Studies. The course will offer opportunities to hear from guest speakers and faculty about the ways in which they set up their research projects, the emerging currents in their respective fields, and the potentialities for new scholarship. The course will also explore opportunities for archival research in the city.
Open to Undergraduate students.