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*New* Spring/Summer 2010 WEST Course Options

October 7, 2009

1. Contemporary Security Issues in Western Europe (WEUR- W 605)

 This course will look at a broad spectrum of security issues in 21st century Western Europe, ranging from preventing terrorism and ship hijackings to renewed Russian espionage and the problem of policing in communities with large Arab populations.  We will discuss what new policies member nations and the EU must develop to deal with current problems facing their police, intelligence services and the militaries of the region.  We will examine such questions as what is the future for NATO, should there be established an EU intelligence service and what does the changing ethnic makeup of countries such as France and Sweden mean for conducting counterterrorism operations?  Besides the substantive issues covered, the course will also attempt to teach to the students how oral briefings, executive summary memos and “quick analysis” are done in the government and corporate world. 

The course instructor, Mr. Gene Coyle, is a retired CIA field operations officer with many years of experience teaching at Indiana University.


2. Model European Union (WEUR-W 504 and POLS-Y 351)

In this course, you will study the politics of the European Union (EU) through a unique, hands-on approach. Particular emphasis will be placed on the roles and decision-making processes of the EU’s major institutions. After studying these institutions in depth, we will analyze how they deal with some of the most pressing policy areas facing the EU today. Among the policy areas we will look at are economic and monetary policy, foreign policy, EU enlargement, environmental policy, and others. All of the learning that we do throughout the course of the semester is designed to prepare us for participation in the Midwest Model European Union conference in Indianapolis on April 17-19, 2008. At this conference around 20 Model EU delegations from across the Midwest will participate. Participants will engage in plenary debates, conduct informal negotiations, and exchange ideas over semi-formal lunches and dinners. The ultimate goal of participation in the conference, and the course as a whole, is to refine students’ understanding of EU politics, and politics in general, by allowing them to assume the role of policymakers, each with their own interests and facing conflicting pressures. This will hopefully give students a greater understanding of the messiness of politics, as well as an appreciation for the accomplishments of the EU.


3. The European Union on the World Stage (SPEA-V 550)

This course will cover, among other issues:

  1. The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP): fundamental changes brought by the Treaty of Lisbon 
  2. Europe’s Near Abroad: Enlargement, Neighborhood Policy, the Union for the Mediterranean and the Eastern Dimension
  3. Global governance and EU relations with the most industrialized countries 
  4. Fostering regional integration in the world: the negotiation of Association agreements with South and Central America
  5. Trade-dominated relations with Asia
  6. Development Aid and relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP)

The course instructor, Marti Grau i Segu, was a Member of the European Parliament prior to this summer’s elections. During his term, he was a member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and a substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He was the Rapporteur of the opinion on the Small Business Act, where he drafted an opinion for the Internal Market Committee on the European Commission’s plan to improve the performance of Small and Medium Businesses. Prior to his term as an MEP, he worked as a Parliamentary Advisor in the European Parliament. During this time he performed work related to the Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Affairs, and Culture and Education Committees.


4. Film and Media (GER-G 627 )

In the spring 2010 semester, Germanic studies will introduce a new curricular initiative to strengthen its film and media track. In conjunction with the DEFA Library’s curated traveling series, WENDE FLICKS – Last Films from the GDR (January-April 2010), and the subsequent symposium, Making Culture ReVisible: East German Films after Unification (April 22-25, 2010), the department will offer a service-learning course for graduate students. Designed to link the study of German culture and, specifically film history, to community outreach, the courses will enable students to mobilize knowledge gained in the classroom for this unique Bloomington cultural event at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. For more information, visit

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 28, 2009 11:48 am

    Thanks for the info on the Film & Media course – will check out the website.

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