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European Studies

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
European Studies
University of Essex
University of Essex
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Area Studies
BA R001

External Examiners

Prof Simon Glendinning
London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor of European Philosophy

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 CS102-4-FY Europe: Myth and Idea Core 30
02 CS101-4-FY Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture Compulsory 30
03 EU option(s) from List D: Discipline B Optional 30
04 Language or EU option(s) from List D Optional 30
05 CS711-4-FY Skills for University Studies Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 Final Year EU option(s) from List: Discipline A Optional 30
02 EU option: Discipline B from List EU Optional 30
03 CS831-6-FY or CS301-6-FY Compulsory with Options 30
04 Language (higher intermediate or above) or EU option(s) from list Optional 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

1. To provide a multidisciplinary programme of study with which to assess the historical, political, social and cultural development of contemporary Europe.

2. To provide students with opportunities to acquire a critical appreciation of Europe from an East, West or Pan-European perspective.

3. To provide students with opportunities to experience and acquire a number of different critical approaches through a balanced mix of teaching, reading and research in a range of academic disciplines from an interdisciplinary perspective.

4. To develop students' analytical, critical, research and problem-solving skills.

5. To develop students' intercultural skills necessary for living and working confidently in a different cultural environment, through the experience of a period of residence abroad and the study programme of the year abroad.

6. To prepare students for further study in single or interdisciplinary programmes or in further vocational training.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the social, political and economic processes that have shaped Europe
A2 Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some aspects of the cultural history of Europe
A3 Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the issues that influence the ways in which Europeans view themselves
Learning Methods: A1 - A3 are acquired through core course lectures and classes in Years 0 and 1, in European options in Years 2 and 4 and through a course of study followed at a European University in Year 3.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by unseen and oral examinations and/or continuous coursework consisting of essays or assignments.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Use their discipline-based training to think critically and analytically in relation to a number of different academic disciplines.
B2 Apply a wide range of relevant primary and secondary written, oral and visual sources.
B3 Reason critically, identify, analyse and solve problems, using appropriate methodologies and theories.
B4 Demonstrate and exercise independence of mind and thought.
Learning Methods: B1-B4 are acquired through classwork and the submission of coursework in all years.

Students are expected to do independent research to consolidate classwork.

B1 and B3 are also acquired through feedback on course work.
Assessment Methods: All these skills are assessed in continuous coursework plus oral and written exams in all years.

B1 and B4 are also assessed by examinations.

C: Practical skills

C1 Students will be able to organise and communicate ideas clearly and coherently in a range of disciplines in both written and oral form.
C2 Students will be able to present high-quality written materials using appropriate language, referencing, effective layout and design, graphs, tables and illustrations.
C3 Students will be able to apply the necessary organisational and cultural skills for living and working abroad.
Learning Methods: C1 - C2 are acquired through classes, coursework and preparation for examinations.

C2 is acquired through classes, lectures, essays and assignments.

C3 is acquired through class training in the two years prior to the period of study abroad and the guided but relatively independent process of organising and successfully completing a period of living and studying in Europe.
Assessment Methods: C1 - C2 are assessed through unseen examinations, coursework essays and assignments in all years, including the Year Abroad.

C3 is assessed through the work of the Year Abroad.

D: Key skills

D1 Both orally and in writing students will be able to present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and relevant manner and to work independently and effectively in a range of academic, cultural and social contexts in Europe.
D2 Students will be able to produce a word-processed essay or other text in an appropriate form in English and in another European language and to use on-line resources, email, presentation packages and electronic information retrieval systems.
D4 Students will be able to identify a research problem and apply relevant research methodologies to resolve it.
D6 Students will be able to reflect on their own learning, to seek and make use of feedback on their performance and to recognise when further knowledge is required and to undertake the necessary research.
Learning Methods: D1 and D6 are acquired through participatory classwork and language study in all years.

D1 and D2 are also acquired through the work of the Year Abroad.

D2, D4, and D6 are acquired through independent learning and the presentation of continuous coursework in all years of study.

Students are encouraged to participate in group work to the benefit of the group as a whole, to listen effectively and provide critical feedback in an appropriate manner.
Assessment Methods: All key skills are assessed through coursework or assignments on a continuous basis, including the work of the Year Abroad.

D1 is also assessed through written and oral examinations.


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