Europe: Myth and Idea

The details
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 28 June 2019
18 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA R000 European Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA R001 European Studies,
BA R008 European Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9T8 European Studies and Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9T9 European Studies and Modern Languages,
BA R9R1 European Studies with French,
BA R9R8 European Studies with French (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9R2 European Studies with German,
BA R9R6 European Studies with German (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9R3 European Studies with Italian,
BA R9R7 European Studies with Italian (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9R4 European Studies with Spanish,
BA R9R9 European Studies with Spanish (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module examines the idea, and the myth, of Europe from a number of different perspectives. It is an interdisciplinary module that ranges across the boundaries of the humanities, social sciences and science subjects. The module explores how religion, politics, law, finance, art and literature, amongst other things, have all contributed to the making of European identities. It investigates the ways in which Europeans have interacted with the rest of the world and how this has shaped Europeans’ views of themselves and of others. The module includes a number of different approaches and does not limit itself to a Eurocentric perspective. It considers how Europe has been viewed from afar, as well as the viewpoints of those who are in Europe but who do not identify with, or feel excluded from, a European identity. The topics are approached in a broadly chronological manner. However, the module is not a history of Europe and nor is it a survey. It does not aim to be comprehensive. Rather, it examines its subject by focusing on a number of case studies. Throughout the module, there is an emphasis on cultural continuity, as well as disjuncture; on the history and genealogy of ideas, and on the evolution of prevailing myths. The material is approached in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the expertise of a range of staff and utilising the diversity of knowledge and experience that may be contributed to classes by students.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

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Module information

The module is core for all students on European Studies courses and is available as an outside option to students on other courses.

To prepare for this module, suggested introductory reading:
Brose, Eric Dorn (2005) A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century (New York: Oxford University Press)

Learning and teaching methods

By the end of this module, students should have: A good understanding of the topics and ideas that are covered in the module. Confidence in using a number of specialised terms and terminology. The ability to distinguish elements of continuity and disjuncture in the cultures of Europe across a period of time. A notion of how texts, films, art objects, and buildings might contribute both to the formation of European identities and to our understanding of them. An understanding of how historical events and processes might bear upon the wider context of the study of Europe. Some experience of the analysis of texts, historical sources, and works of art. The ability to discuss the material covered on the module and to demonstrate this competence through coursework, seminar discussion and examination.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Take Home Paper (1000 words)   29/10/2018  20% 
Coursework   Assignment 1 (2000 words) (Autumn Essay)   06/12/2018  25% 
Coursework   Assignment 2 (2000 words) (Spring Essay)   14/03/2019  25% 
Practical   Group Presentation (Summer Term)     30% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Caspar Pearson, email: cpearson@essex.ac.uk.
A range of staff from across the university will contribute to the module.
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre General Office - 6.130; Email: istudies@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

Dr James Scorer
University of Manchester
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies
Available via Moodle
Of 43 hours, 42 (97.7%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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