Inside the Life and Work of the European Parliament

EURO 490
EU Parliament Brussels

This proseminar offers a rare opportunity to examine the work of the European Parliament (EP) through a series of live, virtual meetings with former EP Members. A four to five week “virtual exchange” with students from a course at another university is also planned. The course will be of special interest to students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who study institutions and politics. The course will consist of a combination of four in-person meetings to facilitate discussion and interaction as well as synchronous online meetings to facilitate the participation of remote guests who are an important feature of the course. Students will prepare for meetings by reading topical materials about the EP as well as how social scientists study experts and their worlds. Discussions will explore the negotiation of issues such as human rights, the environment, public health, the economy, and foreign affairs in Europe.

This course will meet on Wednesdays, 12-1:50 PM, and it is taught by Professor Jonathan Larson (larsonjl@illinois.edu).