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EUST2601: European Encounters

European writers and intellectuals have reflected critically on their own values, attitudes, customs and cultures through comparison with other cultures and societies since the Enlightenment. This long history hasresulted in profound reconsiderations of the concept of Europe and its civilization. The aim of European Encounters is to consider the ways in which Europeans have questioned their own value-systems throughliterary and intellectual encounters with other nations, cultures and civilizations since the beginnings of modernity.

Code EUST2601
Academic unit European Studies
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points at 1000 level in European Studies or History or English or Arabic Languages and Cultures or French and Francophone Studies or Germanic Studies or Modern Hebrew or Italian Studies or Modern Greek Studies or Spanish and Latin American Studies
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

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

  • LO1. 1. Describe with detailed reference to case-studies and examples, how writers and intellectuals have critically reflected on aspects of European self-understanding since the 16th century (including concepts of civilisation, civil society, progress, Eurocentrism, and relationships between European, Western and non-Western cultures and civilisations) in accurate and culturally sensitive language; 2. Critically analyse and interpret primary and secondary sources with a view to identifying essential aspects of European self-understanding in literature, philosophy, social theory and film from the 16th century until the present; 3. Analyse relevant material in order to construct informed arguments regarding aspects of European self-understanding in intellectual history; 4. Undertake research in order to analyse, interpret and critically compare and contrast selected examples of European self-understanding in literary and other texts; 5. Apply relevant disciplinary and methodological approaches to the study and evaluation of European attitudes and self-understandings since the beginning of modernity; 6. Make informed contributions to group discussions of European values, self-understandings and identity and provide critical and/or analytical reflections on group discussions and assignments. 7. Present succinct, clearly formulated, articulate and informed arguments for group discussion, based on ethical scholarly research and presented in a spirit of cultural and inter-cultural sensitivity, tolerance and inclusiveness.

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