TAM Course Pages

This is the course page archive. For recent courses, visit the TAM Course Pages.

The following pages contain representative examples of the syllabi and/or course descriptions followed in various TAM modules. Not all of the syllabi from all TAM courses are contained in this site. Syllabi vary across years, faculty, and sites.

2009/10 Courses

UNC Required CourseUNC ElectivesModules

Below are available syllabi from the 2009/10 academic year. Not all courses offered are represented here, and these listings are subject to change.

UNC at Chapel Hill — Required Courses

TAM Track I

All Track I TAM students will take the following four courses at UNC-CH during the 2009 Fall semester. These courses were specifically designed to introduce students to the Trans-Atlantic world, and focus on comparative approaches to the institutions, politics, policies, and societies of nations. Please note that this is a preliminary list and may be subject to modification over the summer.

For the Fall semester 2008 the TAM I students were on the UNC campus and the following courses along with one elective.

Varieties of Capitalism (3 credits)
POLI 745

Professor John Stephens
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The course will examine the development of different types of welfare states in Europe and North America. The course will be 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 which 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.

US-EU Lecture Series (pass/fail class)
POLI 891

Professor John Stephens
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This weekly lecture series will draw primarily on the expertise of UNC-CH faculty. Topics will focus on EU and/or US foreign and domestic politics as well as on contemporary transatlantic relations. Each week, two TAM students will be required to research the upcoming topic and speaker; these students will introduce the lecturer and will lead the discussion following the talk. TAM students will also be required to participate in a weekly on-line discussion forum focused on the lectures.

Tolerance in the US, France and the UK (3 credits)
(same course number as above, but different section number)
POLI 891

Professor Donald Searing
This course will build upon the approach that Professor Searing takes to writing about tolerance: applied ethics with a great deal of attention to empirical cases and comparative contexts. Professor Searing will use moral commentaries from Locke to the present to organize discussions about concrete examples of intolerance and tolerance in the United States, France and Great Britain. Each of these liberal democracies has developed a different approach to tolerance that has grown out of its own social and political theories and historical circumstances (rights-based, utilitarian and cultural). And each provides many concrete cases involving, for instance: religion, race, gender, political beliefs and multiculturalism. Together, they also provide opportunities to address topics such as: the role of skepticism and cosmopolitianism; the challenge of religious fundamentalism; political extremism and social eccentricity; tolerance and community; the limits of tolerance; skepticism and cosmopolitianism; the legal context; tolerance for groups versus tolerance for individuals; the origins of tolerance; and, the psychology of intolerance.

European Integration: Theories, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes (3 credits)
POLI 733

Professor Christiane Lemke
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A visiting professor from the University of Hannover in Germany will teach this class from August to late October. The seminar will begin with a brief introduction of the European integration process, then cover major theories of integration, the institutions of the EU, including the most recent EU-reform process and some major policies of the EU.

TAM Track II

All Track II TAM students will take the following three courses at UNC-CH during the 2009 Fall semester. Please note that this is a preliminary list and may be subject to modification over the summer.

Comparative Welfare States (3 credits)
POLI 813

Professor John Stephens
This course is a research seminar on the politics and political economy of social policy, primarily in advanced capitalist democracies. The course will focus on how social and political forces shaped the development of social policies aimed at providing social security, combating poverty, effecting redistribution, and promoting gender equality. We will also examine how demographic and international economic pressures of the past two decades have transformed the welfare state regimes. Most advanced industrial democracies are European, and for these countries by far the most important "international economic pressure” has been the process of European integration, so we will devote a session to understanding the impact of this historically unique development. After our review of the voluminous literature on advanced capitalist democracies, we spend several weeks examining the small but growing comparative social policy literature on Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe.

US-EU Lecture Series (pass/fail class)
POLI 891

Professor John Stephens
This weekly lecture series will draw primarily on the expertise of UNC-CH faculty. Topics will focus on EU and/or US foreign and domestic politics as well as on contemporary transatlantic relations. Each week, two TAM students will be required to research the up-coming topic and speaker; these students will introduce the lecturer and will lead the discussion following the talk. TAM students will also be required to participate in a weekly on-line discussion forum focused on the lecture

Comparative Political Economy
POLI 733

Professor Liesbet Hooghe
This class will focus on European Politics. TAM II students without prior coursework focused on the EU will instead take Prof. Hooghe’s POLI 433.

UNC at Chapel Hill — Elective Courses

In addition, all TAM students will choose one class from the following list of elective courses. TAM I students may also select Prof. Tom Carsey’s POLI 891 – Statistics and Data course (download PDF syllabus).

During Fall 2008, one of the two electives for the TAM II track was required to be either:

1. Scope and Methods of Political Research
POLI 780

Prof. Don Searing


2. Statistics I
POLI 783

Prof. Stephen Gent

The remainder of the available electives are listed below:

1. The EU as a Global Actor
POLI 891

DAAD Professor: Holger Moroff
Tuesdays from 10am-12:30pm in 208 Caldwell Hall
Download syllabus (PDF) (This was a required course for the TAM II track and so was not available as an elective.)
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.

2. Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health
PUBH 510

Prof. Margaret Bentley, PhD, Associate Dean of Global Health, UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health
Weds from 12:30 to 3pm – MC 1301
This course will explore contemporary issues, problems and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective; examine the complex tapestry of social, economic, politic and environmental factors that affect global health; analyze global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens; and expose students to opportunities in global health work and research.

3. Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia

Prof. Robert Jenkins
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:45am in GEC 3024
This course focuses on factors leading to the breakup of socialist Yugoslavia, the nature of conflicts in this territory throughout the 1990s, and the various efforts of the international community to end conflict and promote post-conflict reconstruction and development. We will explore how ethno-nationalist identity and mobilization have developed and transformed up to the most recent events. We will also examine the evolution of international intervention from the beginnings of conflict through current efforts. We will end by discussing implications of intervention, ethnic conflict, and nation building in Iraq. Please see the sample syllabus attached.

4. European Cinema
FREN 830

Prof Martine Antle
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45pm in Dey Hall 210
This course examines the construction of European identities in a range of European films from the 1960s to today. It will analyze and compare modes of narrating national, class, racial, sexual and social differences in England, France, Germany, Spain and other European nations. Focusing on key moments in Europe’s cultural, social and political history, we will consider how discourses on otherness have evolved. We will also investigate the ways in which film culture has reflected, reinforced, reshaped and, in some instances, vigorously contested Europe’s dominant ideologies. Course is taught in French with most readings and written assignments in in English. If more than 2 of you express interest in this class, the prof will consider teaching entirely in English.

5. Black Women in the US
HIST 569

Professor Jerma Jackson
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3:15pm in Dey Hall 206
This course explores the experiences of African American women from the mid-nineteenth century through the emergence of a black feminist movement in the eighties. We will consider these experiences within the context of U.S. history paying particular attention to three broad themes: labor - both within and outside home and community, political activism, and culture. What kinds of labor have black women undertaken to support themselves, their families, and their communities? When and how have African American women turned to political activism to remedy the economic and social injustices they and their communities faced? How have black women, in the face of these injustices along with other forms of exploitation, used culture to make sense of their everyday lives? The answers to these questions will vary depending on time, space as well as the particular women in question. This course calls attention to the diverse experiences of African American women. The outlooks of slave women, for example, significantly differed from the preoccupations of free women during the ante-bellum period. Yet in spite of these differences, both groups of women shared common experiences. As we shall see, these connections could sometimes serve as sources of conflict.

Exploring these themes and questions affords us an opportunity to examine the operation of gender, race and class in African American communities and American society in general. In the process of this examination, we will look at the influence of these forces - gender and race, especially - on the lives of African American women.

During Spring 2008, only TAM II students were on the UNC campus and took two of the electives listed above.

Overseas Modules



La France dans la construction européenne
Professor Olivier Rozenberg
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L'Union européenne et le fonctionnement des pouvoirs publics
Professor Olivier Rozenberg
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La France, L'Europe Politique et la Securite Europeenne
Professor Bastien Irondelle
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Specialist Module I

Compulsory: Europe in Global Politics

Choose from:
The EU's Common Foreign & Security & Defence Policy
Organised Crime in Europe
Politics of Sustainability
Politics of Migration
Britain and Europe
Norms in International Relations
European Political Economy
International Security: the Contemporary Agenda
The Theory & Practice of Arms Control

Specialist Module II

Compulsory: European Security

Choose from:
From International to Global Political Economy
International Terrorism
Power, Order &amp Institutions in World Politics
International Relations Theories


Deutschland in Europa
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Die neue Europäische Union, ihre Mitglieder und neuen Nachbarn
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Multiculturalism in Europe: the Mediterranean Dimension
Prof. Paul Corner
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