22nd August 2012

Specialist Module I

After a winter break, students resume the programme with Specialist Module I. This module will be offered at four EAUC sites with different focus areas:

Bath: Europe in an International World – Trade, Security, Crime

Organised Crime in Europe: Threats and Challenges

The unit aims to identify the main theoretical concepts adopted to analyse organised crime; study the ways in which these issues constitute a challenge to the idea of the nation-state and democracy; and explore the extent to which these topics represent new and non-traditional security threats.

International Security: The Contemporary Agenda

This unit aims to identify and analyse the main currents in the academic and policy debate on the contemporary international security agenda, and explore the nature of contemporary international security by analysing specific policy issues in regions such as Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia and Africa.

Britain and Europe

This unit explores Britain’s difficult relationship with the European Community/European Union and the extent to which it can be regarded as exceptional in its position on European integration

Theories of Conflict and Conflict-Resolution

This unit introduces students to contemporary peace studies, and familiarises students with the theory and practice of conflict-resolution and mediation theories in international and domestic settings.

Economic Foreign Policy

This unit familiarises students with international trade theory, international institutions and their effects on domestic politics and markets and their significance in creating global governance rules. The unit pays particular attention to the trade policies of the European Union, United States and China and their effects on third parties, and explores contemporary developments in trade agreements and negotiations.

International Organisations and the World Order

This unit familiarises students with regime theory, and with the sunctional institutional set-up of international organisations, and their significance as international actors and as venues where international relations are played out.

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Berlin: Democratic Governance and Foreign Policy in Europe

Comparative European Government (HU Berlin)

The unit aims to provide a systematic comparison of liberal Western democracies concerning typologies of institutional settings, decisionmaking structures and the processes and various types of actors involved in modern mass democracies.

Foreign and Security Policy in Europe (FU Berlin)

The unit aims to analyse the EU foreign policy, including the comparison of nation-state, supranational and inter-governmental approaches.

Facets of Europeanization

In addition to the Core Courses, students are expected to take one additional class from the course catalogues of either Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Freie Universität Berlin.

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Chapel Hill: European Politics from an Transatlantic Perspective

The semester at Carolina focuses on the Transatlantic relationship. Students will examine the U.S. and European nations within a comparative framework.The course offerings include two required courses:

European Security, the Enlarging EU and the TransAtlantic Relationship

Since the collapse of communism from 1989 to 1991, the European Union has faced a fundamentally different geopolitical neighborhood and an evolving relationship with the United States. In this upper level, graduate course, we will explore how Europe has addressed new challenges to its security in its neighborhood and beyond.

Political Contestation

This course ties into these latest developments in the European integration process by exploring the potential for political contestation concerning EU matters in national politics. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with both the main theoretical approaches and the extensive empirical work dealing with the effects of European integration on domestic politics.


Students will choose a third course from a list of electives.  This list will most likely vary year-to-year but should include such courses as: American Environmental Policy, Framing Public Policies, Tolerance and Citizenship in TransAtlantic Perspective, The Constitution of the United States, Civil Liberties under the Constitution, Mass Media and American Politics, and United States National Elections

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Madrid: International Security and Latin America

The semester at Madrid offers students a broad array of electives and an opportunity to focus on security and intelligence studies, or take advantage of UCM’s world-class expertise on the emerging states and economies of Latin America.

Geopolitics of Globalization

This course focuses on geopolitics and the analysis of special structures, as well as the political scenarios of the globalization, contemporary geopolitical visions and geopolitical approaches to analyses of global changes.

Geography of Power in Latin America

This course provides an overview on the power relations in Latin America focusing on international, national and local scales of analysis and different actors.

International Relations of Latin America

This course focuses on the relations between Latin America and the European Union and the USA, as well as on foreign politics (key players and decision-making processes), and regional institutions.

Terrorism and Organized Crime

This course addresses global security and crime and terrorism, as well as the main criminal organizations, including their structure and development.

Democratization, Development and Foreign Politics in the Maghreb

This course addresses the relations between the Western nations and Arab countries, with a special emphasis on the Maghreb.

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Prague: Central Europe in the European Union – Political and Societal Transition

The module will be comprised of several units with titles such as:

  • The EU Enlarged and Transformed
  • Political Systems of East European Countries Today
  • Constitutional Transformation of Central and East European Countries
The EU Enlarged and Transformed

The unit aims to provide a systematic overview of the history, institutional and political structures and major current debates in the European integration process, including its Atlantic dimension. Specific attention is given to trends triggered by the most recent EU enlargement(s) and the impact of the economic and migration crises on EU political, economic and social environment.

Political Systems of East European Countries Today

This course is an introduction to the modern politics and government of Central and Eastern Europe. You will not only learn about the most important and contemporary political events but you will also learn to apply basic theories of political science to Central and East European political practice.

Constitutional Transformation of Central and East European Countries

This course gives students an overview of the political and constitutional transition in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989. The course emphasizes democratic changes in political and constitutional structures and specific problems like media transformation, reform of judiciary, minority protection, lustrations or restitution of property.

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Seattle: The United States and Europe

United States and Europe in Comparative Perspective: “Comparative Institutionalism & the Advanced Democracies”

This unit focuses on how U.S. and European institutional structures and political cultures have developed historically, the similarities and differences in their corresponding socioeconomic systems, and the extent to which different policy outcomes in their respective polities can be explained by variance in these factors.


In addition to the Core Course, students are expected to take two additional classes drawn from a menu of course offerings on contemporary US politics and society. Course topics include American foreign policy, US domestic policy-making and constitutional and governmental structures. In addition, students will enroll in a class related to their academic fields of interest.