EUR2080 - The identity of Europe today
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader(s): Dr Natalie Doyle
Not offered in 2009
This unit inquires into the values and ideas that underpin the process of European integration and the shaping of a contemporary European identity. It seeks to analyse the institutions, as well as the political and social forces that favour or hinder integration. The core areas of focus include: governmental structures; party systems and social movements; determining the validity of a single European experience; the process of European Integration; issues of identity and nationalism; the emergence of the far right; the expansion of the European Union and NATO and German reunification.
On completion of this subject students should:
- Have a familiarity with, and an understanding of, the values and ideas that inform European integration and the shaping of a contemporary European identity.
- Have a knowledge of significant institutions of the European Union, as well as governmental structures, party systems and social movements in several European countries.
- Have an understanding of, and an ability to apply, key terms and concepts relevant to contemporary European debates.
- Be familiar with, and able to discuss, relevant documents, including expository and theoretical texts.
- Be able to demonstrate competence in the following skills:
- obtaining access to source materials and secondary writings through the library and other resources;
- writing (including planning, arguing on the basis of evidence, and documenting);
- analysis and interpretation of texts, including the application of appropriate terms and concepts for the discussion of content and form;
- oral presentation of information and argument based on guided and independent reading;
- discussion of texts and oral presentations;
- assimilation of information and opinion from various sources for purposes of forming independent judgments;
- team work. In addition, students taking the subject at third-year level should:
- Have some knowledge of different schools of thought concerning the ideas and processes treated in the subject.
Tutorial leadership (equivalent to 250 words): 6%; Class paper (equivalent to 250 words): 6%; Essay (2000 words): 44%; Exam (2 hour, 2000 words): 44%.
One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week