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POL 331. Governments of Western Europe

Credits: 3
Department: Political Science
Description: Comparison of governmental organization and processes in nations of Western Europe, United Kingdom, France, West Germany and Italy.
Prerequisites: POL 101
Semester Offered: Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the historical political trends that have shaped the political character, governmental institutions, and public policies of European countries today.
2. Describe the varied institutional arrangements within European countries and analyze the appropriateness of unique arrangements in each particular country from the perspective of those living in that country.
3. Contrast institutional arrangements and policy outcomes across countries and explain why differences exist and how these differences affect policy outcomes.
4. Explain the workings of the European Union and analyze; whether the EU is a supra-national or super-national organization, its powers and limitations, how expansion affects the nature of the EU and its policy positions, the arguments of 'Euro-skeptics', the EU's effectiveness in meeting its own stated goals, and its place in the larger international arena.
5. Analyze the current state of political affairs in Europe and be able to offer various possible solutions for solving country specific as well as European wide problems.

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