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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.