For more than 50 years, the European Union has represented the world’s most advanced experiment in governance beyond the nation-state. More recently, however, this experiment has become mired in financial turbulence and growing social protest. This course takes a broad view of the promise as well as the challenges of European integration. It looks at the EU’s basic institutional components, the events leading to the single currency in the 1990s, enlargement eastward into the post-socialist world, and Europe’s changing role in world affairs. These topics allow us to assess Europe’s ability to craft adequate responses to the challenges posed by economic transformation, terrorism, multiculturalism, and worldwide financial interdependence.