EUROPEAN 100G Europe and the World

EUROPEAN 100G │BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC │ Semester One 2024 │ City Campus | 15 points


This introduction to European Studies plunges students directly into the most pressing issues facing the mass of cultures and countries (and of course the supranational entity under which they are organized, the European Union) that make up modern Europe. Using a chronological approach, the course helps students grasp and react to the long history of this troubled and fascinating continent. Weekly lectures will take us from the first humans to enter Europe before the last ice age to the modern populations co-existing, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not, in that same space. Considering key historical events in tutorials (the Black Death; the French Revolution, World War I) will reinforce topics covered in lectures. Following a number of perennial themes will show us that the “past is never dead; it is not even past.”

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Situate the European Union within a broad understanding of national and international issues, as well as debates.
  2. Demonstrate specific knowledge of the development of the national cultures of Europen and how this engages with local, national, and global concerns. 
  3. Explain and communicate interpretations of cultural and political issues about Europe in a persuasive manner. 
  4. Research issues pertaining to the European Union effectively. 
  5. Analyse Europeans Studies as a field connected to institutioinal, industrial, historical and cultural formations and practices. 

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