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Module Title LC Understanding European Identities
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 18495
Module Lead Dr Galina Yemelianova
Level Certificate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions Culture, Society and Communication (Europe); Culture, Society and Communication (Europe/Modern Languages); MOMD
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The module will start from a brief consideration of typical European issues. It will then consider how contemporary understandings of what does and does not constitute 'European-ness' have been formed by their cultural historical trajectories, looking at themes such as Empire and the rise of the nation state, religion, the Enlightenment, colonialism, authoritarianism/democracy, post-colonialism, transnationalism, globalisation and localisation, and the processes of 'othering'. The module will then proceed to substantial consideration of how competing markers of European-ness and non-European-ness are played out in current European debates, with particular reference to the construction of a 'shared European past' and a 'common European identity'. A deeper understanding of such identity debates will be achieved by drawing on relevant cultural theorists such as Stuart Hall, Michel Foucault, Homi Bhabha, and Julie Kristeva in a manner appropriate to a Level C course.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Outline some historical and contemporary understandings of 'Europe' and 'European identity' in relation to current European issues and debates;
  • Problematise 'Europe' and 'European identity' as constructed concepts, which are in constant process and negotiation;
  • Draw on relevant Cultural Studies theory and analytical techniques to analyse the contemporary construction of a 'shared European past' and a 'common European identity'.
Assessment 18495-01 : 2000-word essay : Coursework (50%)
18495-02 : 3-hr exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions One 2,000 word essay/project (50%); One 3hr exam (50%)
Reading List Van der Dussen W & Wilson K (1995) The History of the Idea of Europe. Routledge, London. ISBN 0415124158
Waites B (1995) Europe and the Wider World. Routledge, London. ISBN 0415124212
Pamuk O (2005) Snow. Faber and Faber: London. ISBN 0571218318. This is a novel - you will need to read it in its entirety by WEEK 8 of Semester 2.
Shore C (2000) Building Europe: The Cultural Politics of European Integration. Routledge, London. ISBN 0415180155
Duprat G, et al (1995) European Democratic Culture. Routledge, London. ISBN 0415124190