HIST1102 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit introduces students to central aspects of contemporary European societies and cultures. With the end of Soviet socialism and the fall of the wall which divided Western and Eastern Europe in 1989, the face of Europe changed dramatically. Since 1989, and particularly since the formation of the European Union in 1993 and its subsequent enlargements to include formerly communist states in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, a new awareness of the historical, sociopolitical and cultural interrelationships has developed among European nations. These changes can only be understood in the context of Europe as a whole, not merely in terms of the individual nation-states, national cultures and ethnic groups.

The unit introduces students to the concept of 'Europe', the European Union, the European regions, and central topics of contemporary European society and culture including the question of Turkey's place in Europe and the challenges of European integration. The unit comprises online modules and tutorials based on the study of contemporary European film, literature and documentary from the areas of cultural studies, history and politics, sociology and social theory.
Students are able to (1) understand the historical and political development of the European regions and their cultural core values; (2) understand the complexities involved in the identification of 'Europe' and its regions; (3) identify major issues confronting Europe today; (4) develop their ability to communicate orally and interact constructively and productively in interpersonal (classroom) situations; and (5) understand and apply the principles of analytical thinking, clear writing and correct documentation in short assignments and essays.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) written assignments; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kati Tonkin
Unit rules
EURO1101 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective
Contact hours
taught in a blended mode over 12 weeks: online lecture modules and e-tivities: approximately 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 x 45-minute session beginning in week 2; one-off face-to-face lecture in week 1 to explain how the unit works and the core themes
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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