The Construction of Contemporary Europe
01:360:301 (index 18086) and 01:790:389:02 (index 19977)
Instructor: SVANUR PETURSSON
The European Union is in the news every day, challenged by immigration, anti-democratic political agitation, and economic disparities. "Construction of Contemporary Europe" is the only Rutgers-New Brunswick course that examines the European Union’s history and 21st century institutional arrangements.
The EU is the world’s second largest economy after China and the world's largest trader of manufactured goods and services, represented by many corporate leaders here in New Jersey. The course traces the innovative political and economic structures developed to prevent the destructive wars of the past and promote better economic opportunities for its citizens in the future. A basic comprehension of EU institutions, laws, and regulations is fundamental to understanding today´s news and current events in Europe.
Each class starts with a discussion of current events, revealing how the EU is central to understanding the current migration crisis, Brexit, and the rise of nationalism, among others.
Special News: The Center for European Studies has now obtained access to the EU Observer, (https://euobserver.com/) the leading English-language source of information on the European Union for all members of the Rutgers Community. Anyone accessing the EU Observer site directly from an on-campus Rutgers-owned computer has access without any login; anyone with a rutgers.edu address wishing to access from another computer or device may create an account.
Undergraduate Major and Minor Required Courses
European Studies is an interdisciplinary major, and its courses are taught in a number of departments.
Taught in Fall Term 2017
360:301 The Construction of Contemporary Europe - Instructor: S. Petursson Click HERE for sample syllabus (PDF Download)
History - 510:101 and 510:102 Development of Europe I and II
For a complete listing of courses qualifying for the major, click here.
Additional qualifying courses
Not a complete list; these courses highlight some occasional or unusual offerings. See the undergraduate advisor to ask about other qualifying courses.
510 - Virtually any of the courses in European History listed under this number will work as part of a European Studies major, but the European Studies Undergraduate Adviser should be consulted about how to combine them.
790:310 British Politics
790:371 Western Traditions in Political Science, Plato to Machiavelli
790:382 Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
860:403 Contemporary Russian Culture (in English)
Welcome to the Center For European Studies at Rutgers
The Center's mission is to promote research and teaching on modern Europe at Rutgers and to foster intellectual exchanges between members of the Rutgers community and European scholars and institutions. The CES sponsors an undergraduate major and minor in European Studies and hosts a Graduate Associates Program, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of graduate students with research interests in Europe. Every year, the CES hosts a rich assortment of public lectures, conferences and outreach activities that foster deeper understanding of European history, politics and culture. Our 2015-16 Annual Report is available here.
Please explore our website, which details our activities and provides information on upcoming events. We hope you will join us in supporting European Studies at Rutgers.