• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe
  • Major code EURO-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Contemporary Europe Major

After centuries of conflict, Europe has recently regained a unity not seen since the Roman Empire with the European Union being the most advanced form of supranational government on the planet.  Although Europe no longer dominates the globe through its extensive empires, Europe’s global impact lives on in philosophical ideas, literary traditions and practices of government.

The Contemporary Europe major will allow you to integrate diverse interests under one field of enquiry.  Studying Contemporary Europe is a perfect way to combine international relations, politics, history, sociology, philosophy, literature and cultural studies, as well as being an ideal accompaniment to those learning European languages.


Learning outcomes

Students completing the Contemporary Europe major will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • analyse Europe as a cultural, geographical and political concept.
  • assess the political, social, economic and cultural legacies of Europe’s past.
  • explain the main challenges facing Europe and the EU at the beginning of the twenty-first century and into the future.
  • recognise and reflect on the relationships between European cultures, art and traditions, and the social and political history and institutions of contemporary Europe. 
  • evaluate recent developments in European cooperation and unity and contrast these to continuing cultural and political tensions
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level
A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
EURO1004 Europe in the Modern Era 6
EURO2003 European Union: Policies, Institutions and Challenges 6
EURO3001 Uniting Europe: history, politics, theory 6
HIST2140 Europe in the 20th Century 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6
POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6
SOCY1002 Self and Society 6

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANCH2026 Rome: After Empire (Europe 400–800 AD) 6
BUSI2034 Dynamics of European Business 6
ENGL2101 Modern European Theatre 6
FILM2003 European Cinemas, European Societies 6
FILM2004 Postwar European Cinema: Films and Directors 6
FILM2009 Postwar Italian Cinema 6
GERM2020 Postwar German Society 6
GERM3046 German Cinema 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
HIST2214 The Great War, 1914-1918 6
HIST2240 Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945 6
ITAL3010 Politics, Culture and Society in Postwar Italy 6
LING2022 Language Policy and Language Politics 6
MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security 6
MEAS2002 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey 6
MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations 6
PHIL2059 Love Death and Freedom (20th Century French Phenomenology) 6
  PHIL 2064: Theories of Ethics
PHIL2087 Nietzsche 6
POLS2025 Politics in Britain 6
POLS2064 Global Social Movements 6
POLS2069 Politics in Russia 6
SOCY2055 Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective 6
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