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EUST3001: Europe: Contemporary Issues

The fate of the European Union hangs in the balance. But the crisis is about more than economics. Do Europeans feel European? Or is Europe just a collection of states with a history of close interactions and devastating wars? Will Europe overcome its dilemmas? How are contemporary social theorists responding to the political, social and cultural questions raised by the crisis? We probe these issues in order to deepen our understanding of Europe in the context of contemporary social theory.

Code EUST3001
Academic unit European Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in European Studies

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

  • LO1. discuss the main lines of European social theory in relation to selected major issues in Europe today
  • LO2. demonstrate a systematic understanding of the social, cultural, historical, political and economic forces shaping European politics today
  • LO3. discuss in detail main theoretical interventions on European society and politics, showing an awareness and understanding of how these issues can be related to each other and across different socio-historical configurations
  • LO4. systematically integrate a range of material to explain European social issues and problems, including new movements and changing scenarios
  • LO5. demonstrate a consistent ability to produce written work of high quality in its conceptual, empirical and literary characteristics, and contribute constructively and critically to discussion and debate.

Unit outlines

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