EURO 1101This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introduction To The European Union
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support Reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091.
Corequisite(s) None Specified
This course is an introductory course to the study of the European Union. It examines the political, economic, social, and cultural characteristics of an integrated Europe. The course also explores the evolving relationship between the US and the EU.
Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
1. Trace the historical origins of the European Union as it emerged following World War II.
2. Identify the contributions of key individuals to the process of European integration
3. Trace the steps toward European integration taken since the 1950s.
4. Identify the major executive, legislative, and judicial entities that make up the EU.
5. Identify EU member nations and understand the geography of each.
6. Discuss the process a nation must use to join the EU.
7. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of EU membership for different types of countries.
8. Discuss common cultural and social characteristics of EU member nations.
9. Discuss the functions and policy of the European Central Bank.
10. Explain the historical development of the emergence of the Euro currency and its significance for Europe and the world economy.
11. Explain EU policies concerning agriculture, the environment, energy, and transportation.
12. Discuss the powers of the EU Court of Justice.
13. Discuss EU policies concerning asylum, immigration, and international crime.
14. Discuss the emerging EU policies on foreign and military affairs.
15. Discuss and assess ties that link the United States and the European Union.
16. Discuss the future of the European Union.
General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses general educational outcomes in communications in the following manners:
A. Students will develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook and related course materials as assigned by the instructor.
B. Students will develop reading, writing, and speaking skills as they work on a course project involving an EU member nation they have chosen to examine in depth.
II. This course will require students to demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills by examining in detail a particular EU country and the EU policies that affect it.
III. This course will support the general educational outcomes of identifying, analyzing, and evaluating global economic, political, historical, and geographical forces by focusing student inquiry on those particular aspects of Europe and the European Union. The course will examine the place of the EU in the global economy, the political institutions that provide structure and substance for the EU, the historical origins of the EU, and the geography of Europe. Finally, the course will examine in detail the individual nations that are EU member-states.
IV. This course will address the educational outcome of locating, organizing, and analyzing information through a variety of computer applications:
A. Students will use research via the internet for class projects and will examine in a scholarly and critical fashion the various web sites established by the European Union.
V. This course may be offered with online components as well as in a completely online format through the European Union Center based at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
1. Historical Background
· The post-World War II world in Europe
· Early attempts at unification
· Leaders who called for greater European unification
· The European Coal and Steel Community to the European Community to the European Union
· The treaties and the “Three Pillars”
· Advantages and disadvantages of the European Union and EU membership.
2. The structure of the European Union--the institutions
· the European Parliament
· the European Commission
· Council of Ministers
· Court of Justice
· Court of Auditors
· The EU member nations and the significant characteristics of each
· The process of enlargement--admission of new member-states
3. The culture of European integration
· common social characteristics
· common cultural characteristics
· literary and artistic components
4. European Union Polices
· the European Central Bank and the Euro
· Agricultural programs
· Energy, Transportation, and Environmental polices
· Asylum and Immigration policies
· Criminal Justice policies and international crime
5. Ties that link the United States and the European Union
· the New Transatlantic agenda
· EU/US trade in goods and services
· EU/US investments
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Course Grade: A student’s final course grade will based on exams, a course paper/project, the details of which will determined by the instructor, and a final examination. At the instructor’s discretion, class participation may be used in assigning the final grade for the course.
Revised: Spring 2005
Reviewed: June 2005
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