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Faculty: Muriel Rouyer
From its origins as a small economic community (EC) under the protection of the United States and NATO, the European Union (EU) has evolved into a powerful supranational body. Its institutions and public policies impact both its members (states and individuals) and the wider world, making it a significant actor of multilevel governance and a global player on the international stage. To its admirers (and by its own account), the EU is a major force for the global good and the rule of law, peacefully spreading democracy, human rights, multilateralism, and sustainable development. To its critics, the EU is weak at best, hypocritical and self-interested at worst, failing to deliver on its promises and aims, and demonstrating its lack of political credibility and economic viability in the wake of the recent global financial crisis. What kind of power is the EU? What does it do and what does it want? What sort of global relationships does it seek and foster? What specific challenges is it facing today? Can Europe help shape a new and prosperous world order? This course will address these core questions directly. We will cover the institutions and governance of the EU, the debates regarding its legitimacy and leadership, the concerns over the future of European integration, and the EU's external relations and policies in the current global context. The course is intended for students interested in Europe and its neighborhood, as well as for those interested in "the West" generally, the transatlantic relationship, global governance and regulation, promotion of peace, international organizations, and the international scope of democracy.