TAM students will take the following 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. Our fall courses are taught by leading experts and have been designed to provide a common base of knowledge to all TAM students.

Semester 1 Courses for All Tracks // Required & Electives


Required Courses

POLI 745 | Varieties of Capitalism

3 Credits
Instructor: 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.
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POLI 733 | European Integration: Theories, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes

3 Credits
Instructor: Christiane Lemke (Visiting professor from University of Hannover, Germany)

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.
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POLI 882 | US-EU Lecture Series

1 Credit
Instructor: 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.
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BUSI 610 | Global Environment of Business

3 Credits
Professor: Doug Elvers


HIST 578 | TransAtlantic Relations and Contemporary Geo-Politics from the Cold War to the Present

3 Credits
Professor: Klaus Larres


EDUC 508 | Cultural Competence, Leadership and You

3 Credits
Professor: Sherick Hughes


POLI 433 | Immigrant Integration in Contemporary Western Europe

3 Credits
Professor: Rahsaan Maxwell


ENST 585 | American Environmental Policy

3 Credits
Professor: Richard Andrews


POLI 438 | Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe

3 Credits
Professor: Milada Vachudova


GEOG 448 | Transnational Muslims

3 Credits
Professor: Banu Gökarıksel


POLI 442 | International Political Economy

3 Credits
Professor: Thomas Oatley


GEOG 453 | Political Geography

3 Credits
Professor: Scott Kirsch


POLI 459 | Transatlantic Security

3 Credits
Professor: Robert Jenkins


GEOG 464 | Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms and the Geographies of Pan-Europe

3 Credits
Professor: John Pickles


POLI 469 | Conflict and Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia

3 Credits
Professor: Robert Jenkins


HIST 490.001 | History of Modern Ukraine

3 Credits
Professor: TBA


POLI 736 | Political Transitions and Democratization in Comparative Perspective

3 Credits
Professor: Milada Vachudova


HIST 511 | 9/11 in World History

3 Credits
Professor: Eren Tasar


PUBH 510 | Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health

3 Credits
Professors: Margaret Bentley, Associate Dean of Global Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; and Mamie Harris, Africa Programs Director


TransAtlantic Track // Semesters 1-3


Semester 1

HIST 508 – Europe and Humanitarian Aid Since 1945: Concepts, Actors and Practices

3 Credits

This class is required for TransAtlantic Track students and will be taught by the DAAD Visiting professor, Tobias Hof. Other TAM students may take HIST 508 as an elective class if they wish.

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You can find out more about Prof. Hof here.

Prof. Hof earned his MA from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in 2005 and his Dr. phil. from the same institution in 2009. His research centers on modern European History. He is especially interested in the history of Germany and Italy, international relations, security and Fascism. He is currently finishing his biography on Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Foreign Minister from 1936-1943. By looking at Ciano’s life he wants to examine the functioning of the fascist state apparatus, the international relations as well as the important role of ‘performance’ in fascist politics. His next project will focus on the development of ‘humanitarian regimes’ by analyzing the international food aid to Ethiopia since the 1970s.
While the world faces its most serious humanitarian catastrophes since World War II, the demand for a stronger commitment from Europe – once the main recipient of humanitarian aid – becomes louder every day. The goal of this seminar is to analyze and understand the role of Europe – its nation states, the European Union and European NGOs – within the present global regime of humanitarian aid. We will put under close scrutiny the seemingly impressive numbers, discuss shortcomings of present European humanitarian assistance and debate possible reforms.

However, before we can engage in a fruitful discussion we need to gain necessary background knowledge: After looking at the history of humanitarianism as well as different forms and definitions of humanitarian aid from a theoretical perspective we will examine a variety of case studies to assess the changing role of Europe. These case studies will cover different geographic and temporal areas since 1945, including one example from the present. They will address three main categories of humanitarian crises: hunger, disease and refugees. Case studies will include the famines in Biafra and Ethiopia in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s; the present global food crisis which is the most serious of the last 25 years and affects currently more than 31 million people; the smallpox outbreak in Europa and India in the 1970s; the HIV pandemic, the present Ebola epidemic of 2013-2016; and the millions of refugees worldwide fleeing poverty, war and hunger since 1945 – with a special focus on the current refugee crisis that led to a dubious deal between the European Union and Turkey which was sharply criticized by humanitarian agencies.


Semesters 2 & 3 – In recent years TransAtlantic Studies students have taken the following classes at the overseas partner sites. There may be some variation in offerings at the sites from year to year.

Bath University

Semester 2
  • Organized Crime in Europe
  • International security
  • Economic Foreign Policy and International Trade Regulation
  • Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • Britain and Europe
  • International Organizations in World Politics
Semester 3
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Memory Culture – Memory Politics
  • Governance, Security and Development in East and South East Asia
  • Russian Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • The Cultures of Globalization
  • International Terrorism
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Relations Theories
  • International Security: Theories and Concepts
  • Scopes and Methods of Politics and International Relations
  • Comparative Public Policy and Social Welfare: Cross-National, European and Global Perspectives


Complutense University in Madrid

Semester 2
  • Nación y nacionalismo
  • Liderazgo en el mundo globalizado
  • Relaciones internacionales occidente-mundo islámico
  • Política exterior de Rusia
  • La Proyección exterior del modelo de la UE: Política de vecindad, cooperacíon al desarrollo y cultura
  • Ciudadanía democrática
Semester 3
  • Relaciones internacionales de América Latina
  • Derecho internacional del trabajo
  • Psicología social del conflict y la negociacíon
  • Corresponsales de Guerra
  • Historia Política internacional del siglo XX


Humboldt and Free Universities in Berlin

Semester 2
  • Migration and International Politics
  • Die Europäische Union: Policy-Making in Zeiten von Finanz und Flüchtlingskrise (The European Union: Policy Making in Times of Financial and Refugee Crisis)
  • Die Außenpolitik de EU: Probleme von Erfolg und Misserfolg (The Foreign Policy of the EU: Problems and Success and Failure)
  • Die Türkei und die EU: Herausforderungen und Gelegenheiten (Turkey and the EU: Challenges and Opportunities)
Semester 3
  • Redrawing the political map of Europe
  • Theories and Practices of Political Participation
  • Erfolge und Grenzen der Mittelmeerpolitik (Successes and limits of Mediterranean Policy)
  • Contemporary Germany: Institutions, Actors and Political Change
  • Theory and Methods of Migration Policy
  • Turkey and the EU: Challenges and Opportunities The Current Refugee Crisis in Europe: Causes, Trends, Debates and Policies European Language Policy and Language Education Policy


Sciences Po Grenoble – Anticipated Courses

Semester 2
  • Europeanisation of public policies
  • Politiques européennes de l’environnement
  • Droit social de l’Union européenne
  • Contentieux européen
  • Economic Governance
  • EU External Action
  • Welfare State in Europe
Semester 3
  • Public Opinion in the EU
  • Interest groups and collective action in the EU
  • Parliaments and Parties in the EU
  • Les entreprises et les sociétés dans l’Union européenne
  • Séminaire EU Law and Politics
  • The Relations between Europe and the US Since World War II


University of Siena

Semester 3
  • Global Governance and the European Scenario Fragile States, Political Islam, and Migrations from Africa: Western Strategies and African Perspectives
  • Political Change and Ideological Challenge in Inter-War Europe
  • Organized Crime in Italy and Beyond

European Governance Track // Semesters 1-3


Semester 1

POLI 788 | Statistics and Data Analysis

3 Credits
Prof. Robert Jenkins

European Governance students will take this class as a required course. Other TAM students may take Statistics and Data Analysis as an elective if they wish. 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 considering some basic issues of empirical social science: Concept formation, measurement of concepts and variables, validity and reliability, explanations and hypothesis formation, and the challenge of drawing causal inferences. We then move to the basics of data analysis and descriptive 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 ordinary least squares multiple regression as well as logistic regression. Finally, we consider in greater detail the problem of drawing causal rather than simply statistical inferences and examine some leading strategies for dealing with this important issue.

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Semester 2

Students who stay at UNC-CH for the spring semester on the European Governance Track will usually take three classes. These courses will be worth 3-credits each. European-Governance students are required to take POLI 891, a second-semester statistics course taught by Prof. Bob Jenkins; and POLI 490: EU Today. EU Today is a team-taught course which focuses on political issues facing the EU and European citizens. European-Governance students may also wish to take POLI 630: Political Contestation with Prof. Liesbet Hooghe. We do offer some flexibility in this semester and try to tailor coursework as closely as possible to the interests of the students. Those seeking the double degree need to take an additional course for a total of four three-credit courses in the spring.


Semester 3 –

In recent years European Governance students have taken the following classes at the overseas partner sites. There may be some variation in offerings at the sites from year to year.

University of Bremen

  • Comparative and European Social Policy
  • Social Movements
  • Education Policy and Social Development: Comparative Perspectives
  • Youth Unemployment and Labor Market in the EU


University of Pompeau Fabra, Barcelona

  • Research and Data Analysis Seminar
  • Fundamentals of Political and Social Research
  • Techniques of Statistical Analysis


VU Amsterdam

  • Theories and Approaches in Comparative European Politics
  • Theories and Approaches in International Relations
  • Selected Issues: International Security
  • Selected Issues in European Policy and Politics

 German-Turkish Track // Semesters 1-3


Semester 1

ASIA 538 – The Middle East and the West

3 Credits
Taught by Professor Cemil Aydin


Semester 2

German-Turkish Studies students will usually take three classes at UNC during the second semester of TAM. These courses will be worth 3-credits each. TAM students frequently take POLI 891, a second-semester statistics course taught by Prof. Bob Jenkins and required for all of the European Governance students. Students also take POLI 490: EU Today. This class is a team-taught course which focuses on political issues facing the EU and European citizens. German-Turkish Studies students may wish to take a class with Professor Banu Gökarıksel such as GEOG 448: Transnational Muslims. We do offer some flexibility in this semester and try to tailor coursework as closely as possible to the interests of the students. Those seeking the double degree need to take an additional course for a total of four three-credit courses in the spring.


Semester 3 –

In recent years German-Turkish Studies students have taken the following classes at the overseas partner sites. There may be some variation in offerings at the sites from year to year.

Humboldt University Berlin

  • Migration, State, Citizenship
  • Research Questions and Research Design – How to Prepare the MA Thesis
  • Facets of Democratic Theory and Practices in Europe
  • Contemporary Institutions, Actors and Political Change
  • Governing Wider Europe
  • International Institutional Reform and Domestic Politics

 Semester 4 // All Tracks

In most cases, TAM students are free to write their thesis in the location of their choice during their fourth and final semester.