SOC 3310 Modern European Politics
This course is only offered in the Summer Session.
Introduction to politics and political systems in Western Europe. Starts with a brief history of the consolidation of West European democracies before and after World War II. Discusses core theoretical concepts guiding the comparative analysis of political systems. The main part of the course consists of a discussion of the political cultures, parties, electoral systems, and current problems confronting the political systems of various countries focusing on Italy which is treated in depth. The course concludes with an analysis of the European Union (EU) as political system.