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Code HIST 503
Term 201302
Title The Formations and Constructions of Europe
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject History(HIST)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Jan Hennings,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
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A double exploration of Europe's both "real" and "ideal" emergence. An introductory section to be devoted to (a) the physical shaping of a continent, (b) its stages of human settlement, from prehistoric times through the Germanic and Slavic migrations down to modern and recent patterns of movement, (c) the basic language groups created on this basis, and (d) Europe's religions in flux across space and time. Through these and related dimensions, simultaneously, the three main thresholds of "European history" as such : the Dark Ages, the birth of Early Modernity, and the Age of Revolution. The parallel development of the notion of Europe in political and social thought, together with its various theoretical ramifications or extensions (such as "the West", "the historical nations", "bourgeois civil society", "civilisation" or "capitalism"), juxtaposed to its non-European others or counterparts, in the course of the creation of a Eurocentric symbolic geography by the 19th and 20th century social sciences. Selective studies of specific aspects of European history (such as cities, wars, or revolutions), as well as of how all this has impacted on modern European politics and culture.


To acquire (i) a basic grasp of the foundations and overall shape of European history and culture; (ii) a critical appreciation of the dynamic, inherently unstable, constantly changing and yet cumulative "idea of Europe" with reference to its constitutive outside(s); (iii) a similarly critical awareness of non-European (Third World) nationalisms' and especially Turkish nationalism's otherization and demonization of Europe.

Learning Outcome

(a) A working understanding of the demographic, linguistic and religious threads wowen into European culture; (b) a capacity to take higher or more specialized courses in European history; (c) an ability to mediate critically between Europeanist and anti-Europeanist discourses.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
? demonstrate a comprehensive introduction to Europe's rich but troubled history through an exploration of how realities -positive and negative - have affected commonly held assumptions, beliefs and expectations
? identify a major impetus for a bridging of the gap between imagination and 'hard fact'.
? define the dynamic dialect between ideas and 'hard facts'
? demonstrate how these two poles are both not only powerful engines of change but also undeniable windows into the enduring contradictions behind the European myth.
? identify in detail each major phase of European history,
? demonstrate how these major phases have impacted on each other
? analyze the complexities and implications hidden behind each of them as well as for the future of the European project.
? comprehend events, concepts and themes to pursue further more specialized study in very different periods of European history.
? identify the European path to modernization, test the applicability of the term to other non-European historical contexts and possibly compare alternative paths to it.
? contextualize and analyze primary and secondary literature by important European writers,
? improve their oral and writing communication skills
? develop their interpretative and critical abilities with a view to undertake independent study.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 4
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 4
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 3
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 3
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 5
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 3
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 2
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 1
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 3
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 5
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 3
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 3
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 5
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 4
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 3
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 4
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 2
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 2
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 3
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 5
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 3
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 4
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 4
European Studies (with thesis) Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Analyze historical and contemporary developments in Europe, specifically of the European integration process, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. 4
2 Grasp the main dynamics of the European order, politically, historically and economically. 5
3 Explain the European integration process and the EU?s decision-making procedures and it?s institutions. 3
Recommended or Required Reading

Over 2000 pages per semester, including Tim Unwin (ed), A European Geography; Gerard Delanty, Inventing Europe : idea, identity, reality; Peter Rietbergen, Europe : A Cultural History; A. L. Macfie, Orientalism; E. J. Hobsbawm, Interesting Times; Peter N. Stearns, Western Civilization in World History, and Mark Mazower, Dark Continent, as well as other, more specific article, paper, or selected chapter assignments.