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TAM is an intensive degree program offered by a number of different universities in the US and Europe. The academic themes of TAM track I’s interdisciplinary program are the policy, politics, and society of the transatlantic region. The research-oriented track of TAM (TAM track II) focuses on European governance.

Both TAM tracks offer two different degree options to students. There are unique advantages and disadvantages inherent to both the US and European degree options. For instance, US nationals should be aware that choosing a degree from a European university renders them ineligible for Federal Stafford loans.

For more information about the degree options, please read this degree option summary, or contact our Associate Director, Sarah Hutchison, via email or by calling 919.962.4507.

Description of the academic program for TAM I:

The two academic years are divided into five intensive study modules. After attending the core module and US national module at UNC from August to December, students choose to attend one additional (minimum) site or up to a maximum of two additional universities in Europe to complete the remaining modules:  Specialist Module I, Specialist Module II, and the Thesis Module. Your choice of module sites is contingent upon your language abilities as well as academic interests. Students must complete the Specialist II module at the same site where they will be enrolled for the thesis module.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in the language of any given site before making plans to attend courses there. See language requirements. All courses of study are contingent upon the availability of spaces and the approval of the individual sites.

Exact dates for the European modules vary from year to year, depending on vacation schedules that change annually. Dates will vary somewhat across sites.  Modules will each be approximately 15 weeks in duration.

August-December

Core module
US national module

UNC-Chapel Hill (compulsory)

Spring semester

Specialist I module

Bath, Berlin, Paris, Prague
**this module site is chosen by the student

Fall semester

Specialist II module

Bath, Berlin, Paris, Siena
**this module site is chosen by the student

Spring semester

Thesis module

Bath, Berlin, Paris, Siena
**this module site will be the same as the one chosen for the specialist II module

Core and National Modules, UNC Chapel Hill, August to December (compulsory)

The Core and US National modules, taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from August to December, provide all students in the program with a common knowledge base in European and US politics, policy, and society before they undertake individualized programs of study in Europe. The UNC classes focus on such topics as Comparative Political Economy: the EU; Politics and Culture in the TransAtlantic Relationship; and Comparative Welfare States. In addition, students select one course of their choice from such departments as Geography, Journalism/Mass Communications, Economics, and History. Finally, all students attend a Friday lecture series. A trip to DC takes place during the fall break.

Specialist Module I, January/February/March to May/June (selected by student)

After a winter break, students resume the program in January/February / March with Specialist Module I. This module will be offered at four EAUC sites: Bath, Berlin, Paris, and Prague.

The content information below may be subject to change.   Please check back for updated information. *We cannot guarantee placement at any particular site due to yearly fluctuations in the number of seats available.

BATH

The Specialist Module I at Bath University will be called "Global Europe: Roles and Comparisons." This module will have a strong IR focus. Courses may include: Foreign Policy Analysis, European Foreign Policy, European Political Economy, Organized Crime in Europe, The Politics of Sustainability, Britain and Europe: Enviromental Security and IR, National Security of the UK: Policy, Strategy and Practice, International Security: The Contemporary Agenda, and The Theory and Practice of Arms Control.

BERLIN

In Berlin TAM I students will begin in February with a pre-semester mini-module.  They will have the option to take German-language classes as well as a workshop on research design and methods in political science and a thematic Colloquium.   Humboldt and Free Universities will offer a Specialist I module called "Democratic Government in Europe." Courses may include: Comparative European Government, Facets of Europeanization, and Foreign and Security Policy in Europe. This module is offered in German.  Please note that some of the coursework during this module will be offered in English. However, the universities in Berlin have now set a standard of B2 / intermediate German-language ability (in the CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This level serves as a guideline intended to help applicants determine whether to pursue study in Berlin. Past site visits during this module in Berlin have taken students to the parliament and an NGO called Lobby-watch.

PARIS

The Specialist Module I at S-P will take as its title "The Politics and Policies of the EU." TAM students at S-P take most of their classes within the MA in European Affairs Program. Course titles may include: How Do the European Institutions Work?, European Policies, Security Issues in Eurasia, The Political System of France, The European Union and the Question of Democracy, Minorities in Europe, and The Dynamic of European Society in the 20th Century. Students who opt to study at S-P must be prepared to meet the French-language proficiency and admissions standards set by that institution. Please see the Application Forms section for more information.

PRAGUE

Specialist Module I will be taught in English at Charles University and will be called “Central Europe in the European Union – Transformation and Transition.” The module will be comprised of several units with titles such as: The EU Enlarged and Transformed, The Politics and Government of East-South-Central Europe, and The Political System of the Czech Republic in the Central European Context. Students may also have the option to take Czech language classes. Past site visits in Prague has included Radio Europe and the EU Office of the Czech Government.

Specialist Module II, September/October to January/ February (selected by student)

Specialist II modules are typically taught in the language of the host site. Students will frequently use the coursework of this module to begin specializing for the masters thesis and will stay at the same site to write the thesis. The following topics are subject to change. Please check the website for updates.

BATH

Specialist Module II’s main emphasis at the University of Bath will be on the issue of security and will be called "European Perspectives on Security". Since the end of the Cold War, the concept of security has been increasingly broadly defined. The Bath Specialist II Module will include such courses as European Security, International Terrorism, From International to Global Political Economy, Power, Order and Institutions in World Politics, and IR Theories.

BERLIN

The Berlin site will begin with a mini-module in September.  This mini-module will offer students the chance to study German and to take a workshop on research design and methods in political science as well as a thematic Colloquium.  Berlin’s Specialist Module II is called “Democratisation and Political Change”.  Course titles include: Facets of Europeanisation, Europe's Borders and Neighbors, and Democracy and Democratisation in Europe. Please note that some of the coursework during this module will be offered in English. However, the universities in Berlin have now set a standard of B2 / intermediate German-language ability (in the CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).  This level serves as a guideline intended to help applicants determine whether to pursue study in Berlin.

PARIS

This module in Paris offers courses with such titles as: The Changing Face of Politics: New Issues, Ideas, and Practices on the European Political Scene, History of European Integration and Migration in an Enlarged Europe. TAM students at S-P take most of their classes within the MA in European Affairs Program. Students who opt to study at S-P must be prepared to meet the French-language proficiency and admissions standards set by that institution. Please see the Application Forms section for more information.

SIENA

The Siena’s Specialist Module II, "From National to Global: Changing Perspectives on a Changing World”, is offered in collaboration with the MA in Political Science at the University of Siena.  The Module examines the particular pressures to which Italy is subject. Course titles may include: Multiculturalism in Europe: the Mediterranean Dimension, From the Nation State to European Polity, The Political Economy of the EU, National Perspectives: Italy, Europe and the EU, European Perspectives: Migration, Culture, Markets, and Europe in Global Perspective. This module is primarily taught in English.

Thesis module, February to May (selected by student)

This module may be completed in: Bath, Berlin, Paris, or Siena.

In the concluding module of the program, after successful completion of previous requirements, students will write and defend a masters thesis of approximately 15,000 words. The thesis is usually written in the language of the university to which it is submitted, which is also the university which will award the masters degree. *Note: Students complete their Specialist and Thesis Modules at the same European site; however, students are usually given the flexibility to travel and/or relocate as they work independently during the thesis module. Please also note that UNC and European site thesis completion dates may differ.

*Disclaimer: Module content is controlled by member sites and is subject to change due to faculty involvement.

Description of the academic years for TAM II:

The TAM research track is a two-year program. Students begin by studying for one full academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They then go on to complete a second year of study and research at the VU University Amsterdam or at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona or at the University of Bremen in Germany. All classes will be offered in English. Coursework will focus on European governance, and there will be an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Students will pursue an MA-level program, "European Governance with a Comparative Focus." While at UNC-CH in the fall semester, students will take three required courses and one elective; they will also participate in the Speakers Series offered by the Center for European Studies. Courses will focus on such topics as comparative politics of industrial societies, comparative social policy, democratization, the European Union, and multilevel governance. During fall break, students will travel to Washington, DC for site visits and an annual TAM alumni/current student gathering. Two required courses and one elective will be offered in the spring semester; some students may wish to pursue independent study projects with individual professors.

UNC's academic year ends in early May. Students will be encouraged to pursue academically relevant summer internships in DC or Brussels. Some internship guidance will be offered at the UNC site.

After the summer, coursework will resume overseas in late August or early September. VU University Amsterdam, UPF, and the University of Bremen all have strong offerings in social policy and will mainstream TAM II students into existing courses. In Amsterdam, courses focus on comparative welfare states, international political economy, international security, and global environmental governance. Some research internships may be available to TAM students who study at the VU. At UPF, course titles may include Statistical Analysis I, Electoral Systems, Multiculturality and Immigration Policies, The Welfare State, Globalization and European Integration, Democracy and Political Liberalism, Social Policy and the Welfare State, Electoral Competition and Voting Behaviour, and Migration and Society. In Bremen, research internships are readily available to TAM II students and serve as an integral part of the program. Some of these positions are paid. In addition, social policy coursework focuses on the economy and on health policy. TAM students may also have the option to take classes through other MA programs offered in English at Bremen and at nearby Jacobs University. During the second semester overseas, TAM II students will focus on their thesis research and preparation.

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