Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Certificate (FHEQ level 4)|
|Assessment:||CW 33%, ES 67%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
The first aim of the unit is to begin an exploration of the historical and cultural identity of Europe and of the socio-economic, political and cultural factors which have shaped it since ancient times and more specifically in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The second aim is to help first-year students develop university-level skills in active learning and communication, including note-taking, seminar participation, oral presentations, teamwork and essay-writing.
A student who completes the unit successfully will:
* have begun to think about the question of European identity and the issues which unite and divide Europeans;
* be familiar with the main contours of European history since the French Revolution and the social, cultural geopolitical and ideological divisions which characterised the continent in the first half of the 20th century;
* have been introduced to some basic concepts and techniques of political and cultural analysis and applied them in a European historical and cultural context;
* have developed important basic skills in oral and written communication.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.
Defining Europe - history, languages and culture; industry, nations and empires in 19th Century Europe; the First World War; communism and fascism in interwar Europe; the Second World War; studying European culture; images of war in 20th Century Europe.
PL10103 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
PL10103 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies