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EUST1002: Civil Society in Contemporary Europe

Over the past two decades the face of Europe has changed dramatically. In this unit we examine the new ways in which European nations and the European Union negotiate issues of co-operation and co-existence, focusing on aspects of civil society, social change and cultural diversity. Case studies include the implications of Brexit, the re-emergence of the far right, immigration and multiculturalism, generational change, and other latest developments in Europe.

Code EUST1002
Academic unit European Studies
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Define the concept of civil society with reference to accepted current definitions and theoretical frameworks in relation to Europe and the European Union.
  • LO2. Apply theoretical models of civil society in the analysis of major issues currently affecting people's lives in Europe, such as the emergence of a new type of far-right politics, increased environmental awareness and policy formation, ongoing issues of immigration and the refugee crisis, ongoing EU inclusion, development and its problems, health, security issues.
  • LO3. Identify the main political, social and cultural issues in Europe today, such as the role of the European Union, the emergence of new forms of far right, far left and alternative political movement, sources of political and social tension such as the ongoing consequences of Brexit, the refugee crisis and immigration, the environmental crisis etc.
  • LO4. Analyse relevant film, documentary and other cultural products with reference to specific aspects of contemporary European societies.
  • LO5. Critically assess the impact of the major political and social issues in the European and EU environment as they develop.
  • LO6. Apply the principles of scholarly research, objective analytical thinking, clear writing and correct documentation in short assignments and essays.

Unit outlines

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