This seminar examines classic debates and current literature on European politics. Through a process of continent-wide integration, Europe has become the world’s most advanced experiment in supranational governance beyond the level of the nation state. Recently, however, international financial turbulence has thrown the European Union’s recipe for regional integration into question. This seminar seeks to uncover the political and economic dynamics of the integration process as a foundation for examining Europe’s changing place in cross-border economic competition, international regulatory arrangements, and geopolitical change. While surveying the empirical record of integration, the syllabus also assesses alternative theoretical perspectives to illuminate how the ties between social change and political authority are evolving in Europe. After reviewing the central debates on integration, the seminar builds a conceptual framework, and then examines specific cases of policy change including currency policy, financial regulation, social policy, trade negotiations, and environmental protection. Requirements include several reading memos, an in-class research presentation, and a longer research paper. The course is intended for graduate students with some prior background in comparative Europe or in international relations theory. Others may be admitted with the instructor’s approval. Readings are focused on Europe, but interested students from other areas are encouraged to apply frameworks from the course to other examples of regional integration.