TAM II’s Spring 2014 Core Courses at UNC-CH
TAM II students remain at UNC-CH for the spring semester when the TAM I students study in Europe. TAM II students are now taking a course on European security with Prof. Milada Vachudova (See syllabus here: Poli 631 European Security Syllabus Spring 2014) and a political contestation course with Prof. Erica Edwards (See syllabis here: Contestation_syllabus_Spring2014). Elective courses include an International Business class, a upper-level stats class and a comparative immigration class .
All Track I and Track II TAM students will take the following three courses at UNC-CH during the Fall semester. These courses were specifically designed to introduce students to the EU and focus on comparative approaches to the institutions, politics, policies, and societies of nations.
TAM Fall 2013 Core Courses
POLI 745 Varieties of Capitalism (3 credits)
Professor: John Stephens
The course examines the development of different types of welfare states in Europe and North America. The course is structured around the concept of “welfare states regimes,” as defined by Gøsta Esping-Andersen in his path-breaking book, Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. The course moves back and forth from broad conceptual issues to examination of developments in five countries that represent the different welfare state types: the United States and Britain as liberal welfare states, Sweden as a social democratic welfare state, Germany as a Christian democratic welfare state, and Italy as a southern or Mediterranean variant of the Christian democratic regime. Please link to the syllabus below.
POLI 891 US-EU Lecture Series (1 credit)
Professor: John Stephens
This weekly lecture series draws primarily on the expertise of US-based faculty. Topics focus on EU and/or US foreign and domestic politics as well as on contemporary transatlantic relations. Each week, one or two TAM students are required to research the upcoming topic and speaker; these students introduce the lecturer and lead the discussion following the talk. TAM students also participate in an online discussion forum focused on the lectures.
POLI 733 European Integration: Theories, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes (3 credits)
Professor: Christiane Lemke, visiting professor from the University of Hannover in Germany. Professor Lemke is based at NYU and serves as the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies.
The seminar begins with a brief introduction of the European integration process, then covers major theories of integration, the institutions of the EU, including the most recent EU reform process and some major policies of the EU. Please link to the syllabus here.
In 2013, all Track I TAM students took a fourth required course:
POLI 632 The EU as a Global Actor (3 credits)
Professor: DAAD Professor Holger Moroff
The seminar focuses on the EU’s external relations and foreign policies. The EU is not a classical actor in international relations as it enjoys more decision-making powers than an international organization and less than a unitary state. However, these powers vary according to the degree of integration in different policy fields. We shall look at a diverse set of EU external policies ranging from trade and soft security issues to diplomatic and military developments as well as US-EU relations. Please link to the syllabus here.
In addition, all Track II TAM students will take a fourth required course:
POLI 788 Statistics and Data Analysis (3 credits)
Professor: Justin Gross
This course focuses on the application of statistical analysis to quantitative data in order to study
theoretically and substantively interesting questions about politics and policy. We start by briefly
considering some basic issues of empirical social science: concept formation, measurement of concepts
and variables, validity and reliability, explanations and hypothesis formation, the challenge of assessing
causation, and comparisons and relationships between variables. We then move to the basics of statistical
inference. We consider attributes of single variables, including their distributions and measures of central tendency and dispersion. We consider measures of association among two or more variables and
demonstrate how to quantify the precision of estimates, via confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
We next turn our attention to regression techniques, including simple bivariate and multiple regression as
well as logistic regression. Finally, we consider how to ascertain whether important assumptions of
regression hold, what goes wrong when the assumptions do not hold, and some techniques for dealing
with these problems. Please see the syllabus here: POLI788-JHGross-Syllabus (PDF)
TAM Fall 2013 Elective Courses
Finally, each fall TAM I and II students choose a fifth class from a list of elective courses. In 2013 this list included:
ENST 585 American Environmental Policy (3 credits)
Professor: Richard Andrews
This course has two principal objectives. The first is to provide an intensive introduction to the historical development and current issues of environmental policy in the United States, including basic perspectives, processes and institutions, major developments in the history of American environmental policy, environmental regulation and recent innovations, and implications of emerging global issues and institutions. The second objective is to develop each student’s skills in critical thinking and reasoning about environmental policy issues, both historical and current, and about the arguments of advocates on all sides of environmental issues; and in writing a concise assessment of a policy issue and options for dealing with it. The course is intended for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates who already have at least a basic understanding of environmental issues (e.g. ENVR 100 or 600, or ENST 201 or 202, or equivalent).
HIST 890 TransAtlantic Relations from the Cold War to the Present: The Atlantic Security Alliance & the U.S. and the Unity of Europe (3 credits)
Professor: Klaus Larres
This course considers transatlantic relations and the U.S. desire to construct a more united European continent since the end of World War II. On the background of the intensifying Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. policy toward Western Europe had two major strands: 1. the security dimension exemplified by the creation of NATO and the Atlantic security alliance, including Washington’s nuclear predominance; 2. the western world’s ambition to build a united Europe (‘ever closer union’) that would eventually lead to a federally organized United States of Europe on the model of the U.S.A. Both strands overlapped, complemented and competed with each other over time. Within both strands serious difficulties, animosities and power struggles developed and have continued to the present day. American hegemony in the transatlantic alliance has never remained unchallenged. In fact since the 1960s and early 1970s an ever-intensifying transatlantic power battle can be observed.
This course focuses on both of the above strands with perhaps a somewhat greater emphasis on the second strand that tends to be neglected in the literature. We will consider and analyze the complex history and politics of transatlantic relations during both the Cold War and the post-Cold War years; we will thus deal with the years from the Marshall Plan of 1947 to the Maastricht treaty of 1991-92 and beyond, including the euro crisis (and Washington’s response to the crisis) of the last few years.
POLI 438 Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe (3 credits)
Professor: Milada Vachudova
This class explores the collapse of communist rule in 1989, and the reaction of international institutions to the challenges of democratization, economic transition, ethnic conflict and European integration in an Undivided Europe. Please see the syllabus here: Undivided Europe Fall13Poli438Syllabus (PDF)
POLI 723 Conflict Management for International Peacekeepers (3 credits)
Professor: Kacie Wallace
This is a course offered to the Rotary International Peace Fellows at UNC and Duke in which TAM students have been included on a case-by-case basis. The class focuses on the practice of negotiation and mediation.
PUBH 510 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health (3 credits)
Professor: Margaret Bentley, Associate Dean of Global Health, UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health
This course explores contemporary issues, problems and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective; examines the complex tapestry of social, economic, politic and environmental factors that affect global health; analyzes global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens; and exposes students to opportunities in global health work and research.
PWAD 486: National Security Decision Making (3 credits)
Lt. Col. Timothy Nichols, USMC (Ret.) is a Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy where his interests and teaching involve security, homeland security and counterterrorism policy. He served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps for over 21 years with extensive experience in the special operations and counterterrorism fields. His overseas experience spans deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, East Africa, Central America, and the Pacific. He has been designated as a Regional Affairs Officer for East Africa. While in Iraq, he led a joint interagency task force in tracking and targeting the migration paths of foreign extremists traveling to Iraq for violent activities.