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PL10952: Europe since 1789

[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Period:
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 10%, ES 45%, EX 45%
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Aims: The first aim of the unit is to explore the historical and cultural identity of Europe and the socio-economic, political and cultural factors which have shaped it since the French and Industrial Revolutions at the end of the 18th 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.

Learning Outcomes: A student who completes the unit successfully will:
* have begun to reflect upon 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 19th and 20th centuries;
* have been introduced to some basic concepts and techniques of political, economic and cultural analysis and applied them in a European historical and cultural context;
* have developed important basic skills in oral and written communication.

Skills: 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.

Content: Defining Europe - history, languages and culture; industry, nations and empires in 19th Century Europe; the First World War; communism, fascism and democracy in interwar Europe; the Second World War; images of war in 20th Century Europe; the impact of the Cold War; politics, culture and integration in post-war Western Europe; economic and social change in Western Europe; the rise and fall of communist states and command economies in Eastern Europe; the economic and political problems of a reunited Europe in the age of globalisation; modernism and postmodernism in European culture.

Programme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021

PL10952 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB31 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and ab initio German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB34 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB35 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and ab initio Mandarin) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB33 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB32 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and ab initio Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB31 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB32 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB31 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio French) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB38 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB39 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio Mandarin) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB37 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB36 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB36 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB32 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio French) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB36 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB41 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB42 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio Mandarin) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB40 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)

PL10952 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)

Notes:

  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
  • Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
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