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Course Overview

A comprehensive treatment of this enormous subject is obviously impracticable in an introductory course within the space of one semester, so we aim to highlight a selection of six key political, economic, social and other themes. The selection varies from year to year, but is likely to include the rise of Bolshevism, reconstruction and European integration after WW2, and the Cold War. The twice-weekly lectures introduce the topics, while the eight tutorial meetings emphasise the development of practical transferable research and presentation skills as well as the building of historical knowledge.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Anthony Heywood

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Major events in European history and structures in European societies will be examined thematically. Whilst covering some aspects in chronological order, and providing some basic summary of main themes such as the two World Wars, social policies, economic upheaval, post-WWII reconstruction and others, particular emphasis will be placed on linking those developments to some wider interpretations of Twentieth Century European History as a whole.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%), continuous assessment (50%).

Continuous assessment: 1 ca 2,500 word essay (40%), active and meaningful class participation (10%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Individual and group presentations.


Individual return and discussion of essays, and feedback on presentations; time set aside in at least one tutorial for discussion of assessment, and in one lecture for course related issues; staff-student consultative committee.

Course Learning Outcomes


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