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Department of European Studies

Understanding the world’s progressive superpower
Explore Europe’s diverse and fascinating collection of cultural identities and histories. Reach back to the past and forward to the future.

Europe is a federation of states that have joined together to solve the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century. Our focus goes beyond the European Union, drawing broadly on historical and socio-cultural theories with a focus on the wider European continent, its cultures, politics and societies.

We specialise in the social and political structures of contemporary Europe and the European Union, bringing international relations theory, globalisation and world systems theory to bear on contemporary problems and understandings. Our graduates work in journalism, media, government, non-government organisations, multinational business, education and training.

Our study offering

Europe comprises 10 percent of the world's population and is one of the world's largest economies. Multidisciplinary in outlook, we examine aspects of European life, including economics, politics and the social sciences.


*Available as a major and minor within the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  


Our research

Our strengths in research cover the following areas:

  • Ethno-cultural and national identities of Europe and the European Union
  • Contemporary European politics and international relations
  • Issues in contemporary Europe, including regionalism, migration, refugees and gender studies
  • European intellectual history, including world literature as well as global and civilisational theory
  • European cinema and cultural studies

Our people


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Department Chair


  • School of Languages and Cultures, Room 506, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, The University of Sydney NSW 2006

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