Current Semester

A study of the evolution of the European integration project from the European Coal and Steel Community to the present European Union, with emphasis on the politics of the deepening of integration and the expansion of European Union membership.
Analysis of major concepts in the study of international relations, focus on the dynamics of globalization and transformation of nation-states; examination of the role of state and nonstate actors in world politics.
Theory and policy of international trade: National income accounting, balance of payments, interest and exchange rate determination, stabilization policy in open economies and economic integration.
Development of civil society, the public sphere, the state and democratic institutions in modern Europe. Transformation of state-society relations. Evolution of individual rights and participatory mechanisms. Formation and dissemination of a civic culture and democratic social values. Emergence of new social movements, new political ideologies and non-governmental organizations.
An examination of the emergence of two categories of the modern state in Western Europe in the late 18th and the 19th centuries: the "rule of law state" and the "social rights state". Emphasis will be on the tension between the role of the state as overseer of economic activity subject to the "rule of law" and the understanding of state as shaper of market society through regulation and legislation.