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SO4051: EUROPEAN SOCIETIES (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:24

Course Overview

The course aims to give an overview of European issues and current debates.  It provides a deeper insight into how European issues affect our lives and why this matters.  It addresses current issues of concern such as Brexit, migration, Coronavirus, family and work in comparative perspective.  In doing so it blends together sociological and social policy approaches.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Claire D. Wallace

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

  • One of International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied) or Sociology (SO) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SO4566 European Societies (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

Course Description

The course covers a wide range of topics from a European perspectives. Topics such as Brexit, Coronavirus, the new nationalism, national and European identities, cosmopolitanism, migration, xenophobia and racism, citizenship, family and demography, welfare systems, European employment regimes and policies and European culture and values. These topics build on each other to offer a comprehensive and inter-disciplinary approach to European issues. Spread over the first semester, there is one lecture and one tutorial each week with tutorials consisting of small groups of students to ensure the quality of the learning experience. Assessment is based upon 4 short essays delivered through the course, one longer essay at the end and presentations in the tutorial groups. The course is quite demanding in terms of time and assessments so students should be prepared to work hard on a weekly basis. 

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

3 short essays (1500 words each) (20% each)

1 long essay (3000 words) (40%)


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualCreateCreate powerpoint presentation and present it to the group. Demonstrate an ability to process, summarise and present information.
ConceptualEvaluateDevelop an ability to evaluate current issues and debates around Europe in academic and popular literature.
FactualAnalyseDevelop an ability to critically assess trends and issues arising at a European level.
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop an understanding of the current theories and ideas related to literature and debates around European Societies.

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