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

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

  1. analyse Europe as a cultural, geographical and political concept;
  2. assess the political, social, economic and cultural legacies of Europe's past;
  3. explain the main challenges facing Europe and the EU at the beginning of the twenty-first century and into the future;
  4. recognise and reflect on the relationships between European cultures, art and traditions, and the social and political history and institutions of contemporary Europe; and
  5. 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 the completion of the following course(s):

EURO1004 - Europe in the Modern Era (6 units)

EURO2012 - Uniting Europe: History, Politics, Theory (6 units)

EURO3002 - Comparative European Politics (6 units)

HIST2136 - World at War, 1939-1945 (6 units) OR HIST2141 - The Cold War: 1945-1989 (6 units)

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

PHIL1004 - Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction (6 units)

POLS1005 - Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts (6 units)

SOCY1002 - Self and Society (6 units)

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

BUSI2034 - Dynamics of European Business (6 units)

HIST1209 - Terror to Terrorism: A History (6 units)

HIST2226 - Nazi Germany (6 units)

HIST2240 - Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945 (6 units)

HIST2242 - The Soviet Union: From the Russian Revolution to the Collapse of Communism (6 units)

HIST2205 - Europe and the Atlantic World (6 units)

HIST2221 - The Birth of Modernity: Britain 1688-1848 (6 units)

HIST2228 - The Enlightenment: Europe and the World 1660-1800 (6 units)

MEAS2001 - New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security (6 units)

MEAS2003 - Modern Turkey: History, Society and Culture (6 units)

PHIL2087 - Nietzsche (6 units)

POLS2069 - Politics in Russia (6 units)

POLS2126 - Democracy and Dictatorship (6 units)

POLS3029 - Federalism in Comparative Perspective (6 units)

POLS3032 - Politics of Empire (6 units) 

POLS3039 - Political Leadership and Executive Government (6 units) 

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