The policies of the European Union’s to create an information society through the management of mass media and communication technologies. The role of media in facilitating European integration. Formation and expression of dissenting perspectives through alternative media. Socio-political consequences of new communication technologies.
The Middle East as a political entity in International relations; Issues and problems at the domestic and foreign policy levels in the countries of the broader region.
Investigation of Europe as the birth place of capitalism, the modern state, and modernity. Examination of the historical uniqueness of European social structures starting in the late Middle Ages. Emphasis on the revival of cities, the Renaissance, the emergence of the modern states, absolutism, the English and French revolutions, the industrial revolution, economic rivalry, and colonialism.