EUROPEAN 100G Europe and the World

EUROPEAN 100G │BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC │ Semester One 2021 │ City Campus | 15 points


This is an introductory course on the study of Europe. It is organised around a number of major themes, movements and events. It aims to establish various reference points useful for an understanding of European culture: geographical and historical; religious and philosophical; scientific and political. The course draws from the perspectives of different disciplines with their own approaches to thinking about Europe.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the idea of Europe as a dynamic cultural construct that reflects different historical trends and the influences of diverse ideologies
  • Outline currents in the cultural and political history of Europe and cite key historical events and cultural figures
  • Demonstrate critical thinking about Europe, about your relationship to Europe and to things European, and about the Us/Other dichotomy implicit in Europe across the centuries

Topics Covered

  • Defining Europe; languages
  • Food and religion
  • Art and philosophy
  • The rise of science
  • Exploration
  • Folk tales; political thought
  • Migration and travel
  • The German Pacific; enlightenment
  • German interest in the Pacific, 1840–1918
  • European revolutions (that went global)
  • 20th century Europe in conflict
  • The Modern Economy; the European Union
  • The fabrication of mass society (19th-century Europe)
  • Russia

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