This is a new study abroad program at The Citadel which will be taught on site in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the capitol of Slovenia. Students will earn 6 hours of Citadel credit for two courses. One course will focus on the European Union. The class will be taught from the perspective of Slovenia and other new, and smaller, member states. In particular, we will examine the decision-making calculus involved with joining the EU. What were the perceived advantages and disadvantages? What are the policy implications for these new member states? This course will satisfy requirements for PSCI 344 (European Affairs).
The second course will be taught by Slovenian professors of history, political science, and economics. This lecture series will cover the recent history of the Balkans, the breakup of Yugoslavia, and the integration of the region into the European Union. This course will satisfy the requirements of PSCI 433 (Topics in International Politics).
Classes will be held in the afternoon on Monday and in the mornings Tuesday through Thursday. The timing of the classes is such to enable the students to take advantage of Ljubljana’s central European location to travel to cities in Italy, Austria, Germany, and Hungary (and beyond). I will be traveling every weekend, often by van, and welcome students to go along. There will be several field trips within Slovenia to areas of interest that are tied to topics covered in class. These will include the U.S. Embassy, the Soča Valley, the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship, and Postojna. We will also take one organized three-day trip to Vienna, Austria. While there we will go to a talk at the U.S. Embassy, take a tour of the Hapsburg’s Schönbrunn Palace, and go on a guided tour of the city.
The remaining four weekends (not counting the first weekend we are there) are open for students to travel to nearby cities and places of interest. Slovenia is a beautiful country with much to see from the Adriatic Sea in the west to the Julian Alps in the north. Indeed, the Alps are visible from Ljubljana. A further advantage is the country’s central location. Easy weekend trips can be made to Venice, Munich, Milan, Zagreb, Croatia, Budapest, and Salzburg and Vienna, Austria. Regular and discount flights (Wizz Air & EasyJet – both cheap to London) are available from the Ljubljana airport with service to all major cities in Europe. Flights from nearby Venice airports to cities in Europe are also inexpensive and there is a shuttle to these airports from Ljubljana. Ljubljana is also well-served with trains and buses which leave from a close-in downtown station. (Train service to Austria is exceptionally cheap!) Your program director lived with his family of six in Slovenia in 2012-13 on a Fulbright Scholarship and was able to travel extensively in the region.