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EUST1001: European Identity in the 21st Century

The European Union is the world's most progressive supranational power. In this unit we discuss contemporary Europe, focusing on the regions and ethno-national identities. We look at the EU and the socio-cultural and political forces both holding it together and pulling it apart. We study contemporary materials including films and novels in order to enter into the realities of life in Europe now. No language other than English is required.


Academic unit European Studies
Unit code EUST1001
Unit name European Identity in the 21st Century
Session, year
Semester 1, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Peter Morgan,
Lecturer(s) Peter Morgan ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Discussion boards and participation
30% - 1250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Online quizzes
20% Multiple weeks 750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Assignment 1
20% Week 05 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Assignment 2
30% Week 13 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to Contemporary Europe Lecture (2 hr)  
Introductory tutorial: maps exercise Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 02 The emergence of the new Europe Lecture (2 hr)  
The individual in the new Europe: Three Colours Blue Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 03 What is Europe: Europe vs the EU Lecture (2 hr)  
Europe: A Grand Illusion? Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 04 Europe's Three Regions: Intro to Western Europe Lecture (2 hr)  
Questions of identity Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 05 Western Europe 2: Values and Freedoms Lecture (2 hr)  
The ‘West’ in Girlhood: Freedom, Choice and the Individual Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 06 Eastern Europe I: Origins and Traditions Lecture (2 hr)  
Intro to Putin's Russia Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 07 Eastern Europe II: Putin's Russia Lecture (2 hr)  
Russia and Europe Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 08 Central Europe I: Intro to CE Lecture (2 hr)  
What and Where is Central Europe? Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 09 Central Europe II: Europe and Enlargement Lecture (2 hr)  
Contemporary Central Europe Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 10 The EU: structures and history Lecture (2 hr)  
National and European identities: Italy Love It, or Leave It Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 11 The EU: Institutions and Challenges Lecture (2 hr)  
The EU: Towards a European Identity? Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 12 The EU: Review: A European identity? Lecture (2 hr)  
Europe: New Directions Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 13 Review Lecture (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the physical environments, demographics, socio-political and cultural identities, and the supra- and sub-national regional identities of contemporary Europe, and of the structures and institutions of the European Union
  • LO2. summarise, compare and contrast research findings relating to aspects of contemporary Europe and the European Union in clear, accurate writing
  • LO3. differentiate among and respond constructively to scholarly hypotheses regarding social and political aspects of contemporary Europe and the European Union
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of the main theoretical approaches to contemporary Europe and the European Union, along with their disciplinary and methodological bases
  • LO5. demonstrate the ability to make informed and articulate contributions to collaborative discussion of issues relating to contemporary Europe and the European Union.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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