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.

TAM Fall 2011 Core Courses

All Track I and Track II TAM students will take the following three courses at UNC-CH during the 2011 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.  Please note that this is a preliminary list and may be subject to modification over the summer.

POLI 745: Varieties of Welfare Capitalism (3 credits)
Professor: John Stephens
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.

POLI 891: US-EU Lecture Series (1 credit – pass/fail class)
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 lectures. 

POLI 733: European Integration: Theories, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes (3 credits)
Professor Christiane Lemke – a visiting professor from the University of Hannover in Germany will teach this class.  Professor Lemke is currently based at NYU and serves at the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies.
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.  For more information about Prof. Lemke, please see her website at the University of Hannover.

In addition, all Track I TAM students will take a fourth required course:

POLI 891: The EU as a Global Actor (3 credits)
Professor: DAAD Professor Holger Moroff - www.moroff.eu
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.

TAM II students may take The EU as a Global Actor as an elective if they wish.

TAM II students will take a fourth required course:

POLI 891 (Same course number as above but a different class and section number) – Statistics and Data Analysis (3 credits)
Professor: Justin Gross

TAM I students may take Statistics and Data Analysis as an elective if they wish.


TAM Elective Courses

Finally, TAM I and II students will choose a fifth class from a list of elective courses. This list will most likely include, but will not be limited to:

1. POLI 736 - Political Transitions and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
Professor Graeme Robertson
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.

2. POLI 438 - Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe
Professor Milada Vachudova
Explores the collapse of communist rule in 1989, and the reaction of international institutions to the challenges of democratization, economic transition, ethnic conflict and European integration in an Undivided Europe.
Professor Vachudova’s website

3. PUBH 510 – Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health
Professor Margaret Bentley, Associate Dean of Global Health, UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health
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; alanyze global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens; and expose students to opportunities in global health work and research.

4. RUES/PWAD 469 - Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia
Professor Robert Jenkins
This course focuses on factors leading to the breakup of socialist Yugoslavia, the nature of conflicts in this territory thoughout 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.


TAM II's Spring Semester at UNC-CH

TAM II students will remain at UNC-CH for the spring semester when the TAM I students study in Europe. In the spring, TAM II students will most likely take a European Security course with Milada Vachudova and a Political Contestation course with Erica Edwards.  Elective courses will also be on offer.

TAM II's Second Academic Year

TAM II students will spend their second year of study in Amsterdam, Barcelona, or Bremen. The TAM II overseas coursework is offered in English. VU University Amsterdam, UPF, and the University of Bremen all have strong offerings in social policy. 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 for the fall 2010 semester include Technical of 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. During the second semester overseas, TAM II students will focus on their thesis research and preparation.

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