MA Degree Programme
European Studies What is distinctive about European Studies?
Europe is changing. “So what?” you might ask. “All this is very interesting, but why should I spend time at university studying the process and the arguments?” The answer is very simple; traditional subjects will no longer equip people to cope with a society which is not restricted by any of the old frontiers.
Employers everywhere are looking for people with initiative and an understanding of this new, wider European society and the skills to live and work in it. That's what our courses are about. We give you a thorough understanding of European culture, geography, history, politics and economics, with a strong emphasis on recent events and their underlying causes. We take you
We organise field trips to Brussels or Strasbourg from time to time.
Module Content (not all options will be available in any one year) European Cinema since 1960
Level 1 The Globalising World (Core Module)
This module seeks to provide an understanding of the ways in which geographers, historians and political scientists work and to offer a multidisciplinary study of world order since 1945.
Contemporary Challenges for Europe (Core Module)
The module is divided into four sections with each focusing on a particular issue of importance to the development of Europe: an Introduction to Europe; Economic integration; Social and regional integration; Migration and National Identity.
Level 3: A sample of modules listed
A Vision of Europe (Core Module: Non-language Pathway)
This module aims to provide a deeper understanding of the unity and diversity of modern European culture and society. We examine and compare the vision of society, as presented by each of a number of French-, German- and Spanish-language films of the 20th and early 21st Century, relating our study to the exploration of wider socio-political issues and major cultural trends in Europe during this period.
Contemporary Politics in Ireland
This module introduces students to politics in Ireland, focusing on questions of power and policy-making. A critical analysis of the political culture is attempted through an examination of questions and debates surrounding modernisation, secularisation, economic change and gender change.
European Union Politics (Core Module)
This course explores the nature and development of the EU. It begins with an overview of key historical junctures in the integration process and the basic institutional structure of the EU. It reviews activities in a range of policy areas, including economic and monetary union, common foreign and security policy, justice and freedom. It also explores the implications of key issues in contemporary EU politics, such as the constitutional treaty and enlargement.
Foucault: Power and Knowledge
The module will introduce Foucault's influential conception of power and discuss the notions that are intimately tied to it: subject, knowledge, violence and truth. Students will consider the political implications of his thought and to apply it to current social issues.
Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason
Kant's Critique of Pure Reasonis one of the most important works of Western philosophy. In the course of resolving the bitter philosophical disputes of his own age, Kant paves the way for at least the next two hundred years of philosophical activity, above all by elaborating the central notion of critique and the transcendental approach to philosophy. This module will explore these key aspects of Kant's thought and their implications for philosophy.
The course will focus on key movements in European cinema from 1960 to the present day – such as the French Nouvelle Vague, New German Cinema and the Czech New Wave, as well as key international directors such as Fellini, Godard, Bergman, Herzog and Kieslowski.
to mainland Europe on an exchange visit through our Erasmus programme or to work.
Our aim right from the start was to look at the whole of Europe and to approach the subject in a genuinely interdisciplinary way, with teaching provided by staff experts in European topics but coming from a wide range of subjects. Our programme is still unique in Scotland, and among very few in the UK, in offering you the chance to study so many facets of Europe. We draw on staff who can offer you perspectives from History, Philosophy, Politics, Law, Geography, Languages and Economics.
We have one of the few European Documentation Centres (EDC) in Scotland. The
EDC is a deposit library for all the European Community papers. We make sure you will have the necessary skills to make use of the vast amount of material available in the EDC and more, because as an EDC we are on-line to the Commission's own databases in Brussels.
Below you will see the types of module we offer, allowing you flexibility of choice with either of two pathways (one of which includes languages and one which does not).
If you have questions or want to contact us, you can visit our website at www.dundee.ac.uk/cestud
French, German or Spanish 3: Language and Culture in Context (Core Module: Language Pathway)
These courses aim to develop, at an advanced level, practical communication skills, linguistic knowledge and language awareness, cultural awareness and intercultural competence. The study of each individual language and culture is placed in a wider European context through a film component common to all three courses.
This option focuses on many of the key problems in what was Spain's most successful period. In 1492 the Moors were at last expelled from Spain and Columbus first sailed across the Atlantic. Thereafter Spain acquired a European and world empire, the first on which 'the sun never set'. This empire endured for more than 300 years but collapsed at the same time as the political, social and religious structures of the old order, or "antiguo regimen", were increasingly called into question in Spain itself.
Interpreting 19th Century German History, A normal country in Europe?
Since the end of the Second World War, German historians have wrestled with the thorny questions of long-term continuities. Did social and political developments in Germany develop in the wrong way during the 19th century, and what was the connection between the Enlightened Absolutism of Friedrich the Great, the authoritarian semi-democratic rule of Bismarck and Hitler's dictatorship? And today, with Germany being a fully democratic country, can historians finally interpret the 19th century as something other than simply the prelude of the horrors to come? Can we study 19th century Germany as a 'normal' country, even if we know what came after?
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