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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. Download course guide.

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 Thomas Weber

Qualification Prerequisites

  • [$1][$2]

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MA European Studies

Contact Teaching Time

53 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 2,000 word essay (100%).

Resit: 2,000 word essay (100%).

Formative Assessment

Draft introduction and essay plan (up to 1000 words).


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.

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