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.

Course Listings

2012-13 Courses

TAM Fall Core Courses
TAM Elective Courses
TAM II Spring Core Courses

TAM Fall 2013 Core Courses

All Track I and Track II TAM students will take the following three courses at UNC-CH during the 2013 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 Capitalism (3 credits)
Professor: 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. 2012 Syllabus (PDF)

POLI 891 US-EU Lecture Series (1 credit)
Professor: John Stephens
This weekly lecture series draws primarily on the expertise of UNC-CH faculty. Topics focus on EU and/or US foreign and domestic politics as well as on contemporary transatlantic relations. Each week, 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 are also required to participate in a weekly online discussion forum focused on the lectures. 2012 schedule of speakers (PDF) 

POLI 733 European Integration: Theories, Institutions and Decision-Making Processes (3 credits)
Professor: Christiane Lemke, visiting professor from the University of Hannover in Germany. Professor Lemke is based at NYU and serves as the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies.
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. 2012 Syllabus (PDF)

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

POLI 632 The EU as a Global Actor (3 credits)
Professor: DAAD Professor Holger Moroff
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 will take a fourth required course:

POLI 788 Statistics and Data Analysis (3 credits)
Professor: Justin Gross


TAM Elective Courses

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

ENST 585 American Environmental Policy
Professor: Richard Andrews
2010 version of the syllabus; please note the pre-requisite

HIST 890 TransAtlantic Relations from the Cold War to the Present: The Atlantic Security Alliance & the U.S. and the Unity of Europe
Professor: Klaus Larres
This course considers transatlantic relations and the U.S. desire to construct a more united European continent since the end of World War II. On the background of the intensifying Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. policy toward Western Europe had two major strands: 1. the security dimension exemplified by the creation of NATO and the Atlantic security alliance, including Washington's nuclear predominance; 2. the western world's ambition to build a united Europe ('ever closer union') that would eventually lead to a federally organized United States of Europe on the model of the U.S.A. Both strands overlapped, complemented and competed with each other over time. Within both strands serious difficulties, animosities and power struggles developed and have continued to the present day. American hegemony in the transatlantic alliance has never remained unchallenged. In fact since the 1960s and early 1970s an ever-intensifying transatlantic power battle can be observed.
This course focuses on both of the above strands with perhaps a somewhat greater emphasis on the second strand that tends to be neglected in the literature. We will consider and analyze the complex history and politics of transatlantic relations during both the Cold War and the post-Cold War years; we will thus deal with the years from the Marshall Plan of 1947 to the Maastricht treaty of 1991-92 and beyond, including the euro crisis (and Washington's response to the crisis) of the last few years.

POLI 438 Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe
Professor: Milada Vachudova 
This class 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.

POLI 723  Conflict Management for International Peacekeepers    
Professor: Kacie Wallace
This is a course offered to the Rotary International Peace Fellows at UNC and Duke. Interested TAM students will be considered for the class. Please craft a paragraph explaining your interest in taking the course and send it to Sarah Hutchison along with your elective choices.

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 explores contemporary issues, problems and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective; examines the complex tapestry of social, economic, politic and environmental factors that affect global health; analyzes global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens; and exposes students to opportunities in global health work and research.


TAM II's Spring 2014 Core Courses

TAM II students remain at UNC-CH for the spring semester when the TAM I students study in Europe. TAM II students will most likely take a course on European security with Milada Vachudova (syllabus PDF) and a political contestation course with Erica Edwards (syllabus PDF). Elective courses will also be on offer.

« Back to the top