All 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 2014 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 2014, all Track I TAM students will take a fourth required course. TAM II students may take this class as an elective if they wish.
HIST 890: TransAtlantic Relations from the Cold War to the Present: The Atlantic Security Alliance and the US 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 consider and analyze the complex history and politics of transatlantic relations during both the Cold War and the post-Cold War years; we 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.
In addition, all Track II TAM students will take a fourth required course which TAM I students may take as an elective if they wish.
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 2014 Elective Courses
Finally, each fall TAM students choose a fifth class from a list of elective courses. For Fall 2014 this list will most likely include:
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.
PUBH 510 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health (3 credits)
Professors: Margaret Bentley, Associate Dean of Global Health, UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Mamie Harris, Africa Programs Director
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.
POLI 736: Political Transitions and Democratization in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)
Professor: Milada Vachudova
Examination of contrasting theoretical approaches to understanding democracy. Comparative study of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America elucidates challenges and opportunities that affect possibilities for democratization and consolidation.
BUSI 610: Global Environment of Business (3 credits)
Professor: Doug Elvers
Human rights are inextricably linked to the achievement of public health policy goals. This course provides an introduction to the relationship between health policy and human rights. As a survey course, it ranges broadly over theoretical approaches and concrete issues relating to the realization of human rights in the context of domestic and international public health policies. For public policy, public health, and law students seeking to gain an understanding of human rights, this course will complement other rights-based courses at UNC, giving students a foundation for future studies at the intersection of human rights and public health. The focus of this course will be on rights-based approaches to health, applying a human rights perspective to selected public health policies, programs, and interventions. Specifically, this course will teach students how to apply a formalistic human rights framework to a wide range of critical issues in public health, exploring the role of human rights as both a safeguard against harm and a catalyst for health promotion. Upon completion, students will have acquired an understanding of the social, economic, cultural, legal, and political processes by which human rights inform public health objectives.
GEOG 453: Political Geography (3 credits)
Professor: Scott Kirsch
What is political power? Are power and political processes knowable without understanding how they are spatially distributed in territories, regions, and landscapes? Our premise is that the answer to these questions is “No,” and that politics — whether practiced formally by nation-states, international agencies, or local governments, or pragmatically by corporations, police, labor unions, and school boards — always have important geographical dimensions. Questions of where political processes take place, in other words, make a difference to how politics work. The purpose of Geography 453 is thus to explore how we shape, define, and regulate the world through political processes occurring at local, national, regional, and global scales, and, in turn, to question how the geography of political processes may shape the possibilities for our future politics. The course brings geographical, historical, and a range of social science perspectives to bear on a survey of key issues in the fields of political geography and geopolitics, including the geography of war and peace; globalization; nationalism and identity politics; electoral geographies; urban governance; and environmental politics. The course also explores the history of geopolitics.
GEOG 460: Geographies of Economic Change (3 credits)
Professor: Elizabeth Havice
What could it mean to think about the economy geographically? How do we begin to understand economic change, how economic networks are organized and distributed, how they affect societies and livelihoods in particular places, and how these in turn shape new geographies of economic growth and decline? The first goal of this course is to unpack basic concepts such as markets, regulation, growth, and the state. These are concepts that are sometimes assumed to be natural categories; nevertheless, they are often the subject of vigorous debate and can take on different meanings in different contexts. For example, the appropriate role of governments and markets has been hotly debated in the U.S. after the global economic crisis of 2008. We will engage with contemporary debates about the economy and examine how thinking about economic development and industrialization has changed over time, covering topics such as regional development, modes of state regulation, and uneven development. Secondly, we will apply those foundations to understand more recent economic geography debates about globalization and governance. Specifically, we will analyze changing international trade policies, new modes of global competitiveness, ethical trade initiatives in global supply chains, and geographies of labor. We will focus on the global apparel industry as a case study in the lectures, discussions, and activities throughout the course. The course will be particularly targeted for students interested in the consequences of globalization, the emergence of networks of global production and trade, regional uneven development, sweatshops and working conditions, and emerging forms of global regulation and governance.
GEOG 464: Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms and the Geographies of Pan-Europe (3 credits)
Professor: John Pickles
In this course we will focus much of our attention on what geopolitical changes in Central and Eastern Europe, post-colonial immigration, and economic globalization mean for our understanding of Europe Today. In particular, we will focus on a select number of themes that illustrate important aspects of the changing geographies and geopolitics of Europe, particularly as these relate to the complex spatialities and regionalizations we variously designate as ‘Europe’. We will investigate several historical geographies of Europe that have sought to domesticate and control these spatial and social heterogeneities, and we will investigate the new regional configurations emerging during the twentieth century and in the early years of this century. We will engage with post-colonial writings on Europe, ideas about the local and global, geopolitical relations of ‘Central Europe/Mitteleuropa’, the national state and national identity, regional interconnectedness, and emerging patterns of pan-European integration
JOMC 458: Southern Politics: Critical Thinking and Writing (3 credits)
Professor: J. Ferrel Guillory
News analysis with special attention to states of the American South and especially to elections. Social and economic trends, as well as politics and government serve as raw material for interpretive journalism. Please note: this is a writing-intensive course.
PLCY 570: Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
Professor: Benjamin Meier
Human rights are inextricably linked to the achievement of public health policy goals. This course provides an introduction to the relationship between health policy and human rights. As a survey course, it ranges broadly over theoretical approaches and concrete issues relating to the realization of human rights in the context of domestic and international public health policies. For public policy, public health, and law students seeking to gain an understanding of human rights, this course will complement other rights-based courses at UNC, giving students a foundation for future studies at the intersection of human rights and public health.
POLI 433: Immigrant Integration in Contemporary Western Europe (3 credits)
Professor: Rashaan Maxwell
Immigrant integration has been one of the most intense political issues in Western Europe in recent decades. While many West European countries have long traditions of integrating immigrants from fellow European countries, the dramatic post-WWII rise in migrants from outside of Europe has literally changed the complexion of cities and towns across the continent. The extent to which these new non-white immigrants have successfully integrated is a hot topic of debate across Europe, and there is no consensus about the best way to promote integration. This course will explore these debates through literature on several aspects of immigrant integration in Western Europe.
TAM II’s Spring Core Courses at UNC-CH
TAM II students remain at UNC-CH for the spring semester when the TAM I students study in Europe. In 2014 TAM II students took 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 syllabus here: Contestation Syllabus Spring 2014). Elective courses included an International Business class, an upper-level stats class and a comparative immigration class.