T5084 – European Union and Cities: Regional Integration and Urbanization in the European Union

Brussels, London, Milan
Faculty: Constance Mixon and Mary Barbara Walsh

Through immersion in the life, culture and politics of European cities, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the European Union and European urbanization.

Academic Overview
Through immersion in the life, culture, and politics of European cities, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the development of the institutions, policies, and policy-making processes of the European Union (EU) and their impact on cities. The course examines European Cities with a concentration on the history, politics, governing and urbanization of EU Member States. Contemporary issues of European cities and the EU policy initiatives which attempt to deal with them will be highlighted. Special attention will be paid to the processes of globalization and the impact these processes are having on European cities and EU public policy initiatives.

Physical Activity:
Students should be able to easily and comfortably walk approximately one mile, on sometimes uneven and cobblestone European city streets, on a regular basis. At times, this will include carrying luggage. Students should be able to stand and walk for 30-90 minutes during presentations, tours, and site visits. Students should be able to participate in a 2+ mile walking tour while in Milan. Students will be required to navigate public transportation, including taking stairs in and out of train stations and hotels, as many will not have lifts.  Students with special needs and disabilities should work with UMAIE and faculty instructors to determine if accommodations can be reasonably provided.

Technology Requirements:
Students should plan to have regular and reliable access to a computer or tablet  with Internet access during travel. Most hotels will have free wifi and public computers. WiFi is free on Eurostar  trains, and in most train stations. Students will be required to compete quizzes online during travel, participate in  discussions, and access supplemental readings on the course blackboard site.

Program Fee/Cost
Program Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, two lunches and eight dinners (subject to change).

No Course Prerequisites, although introductory courses in Political Science and/or Urban Studies would be beneficial.

Required Readings
Selections from Hohenberg, Paul M. and Lynn Hollen Lees. 1995. The Making of Urban Europe. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Johnson, Steven. 2007. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. Riverhead Books.

Various Articles and Supplemental Readings

30% – Group Participation
30% – Quizzes  
20% – Journal
20% – Final Essay

Faculty Directors
Constance Mixon, Elmhurst College, (630) 617.3569, e-mail address: mixonc@elmhurst.edu
Mary Barbara Walsh, Elmhurst College, (630) 617.3085, e-mail address: walshm@elmhurst.edu

Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Mixon is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Elmhurst College. She has received the American Political Science Association’s Phi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award, and in 2001 was named Illinois Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. Dr. Mixon specializes in global cities and frequently provides political analysis and commentary for Chicago and national media outlets.

Mary Barbara Walsh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Elmhurst College where she teaches courses on ancient, modern and contemporary political philosophy; American political thought; feminist political philosophy; and political justice. Her current research focuses on the intersections between liberal and feminist political philosophy.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact Constance Mixon
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.