This course will examine the politics of the European Union (EU). Attention will be given to the political institutions and dynamics of the Union itself, as well as to those of its member states, and to the process of EU expansion more generally. Special attention will be given to the possible effects of EU integration on national identity in contemporary Europe. Students will be permitted to complete some class assignments in German, Spanish, or French. Typically offered the spring semester of even-numbered years, this course counts as an advanced course in Comparative Politics or International Relations. PSC 322 requires concurrent enrollment in ECO 277 (Economics of the European Union) and includes an immersion trip over spring break. This course is offered in the spring semester of 2013.