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The European Studies Programme is an interdisciplinary area studies programme which focuses on European politics and governance, history and culture, Europe’s economy and its role in the world, as well as its intellectual tradition, philosophy, and literature. The programme provides a comprehensive and holistic introduction to Europe and the European tradition.

This programme is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their expertise on European affairs, acquire sound knowledge of key developments in human history and institutions that emanated from Europe, critically reflect on the contemporary challenges Europe faces, assess the changing ways how Europe has engaged with the world including Asia and China, and analyse and apply the ideas and philosophical traditions that emerge out of Europe. The focus is on interdisciplinary learning. There is also a language requirement which enables students to become conversant in one European language of their choice, thereby allowing for a more concise appreciation of the culture and society of one particular European country. At the end of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate a well-rounded and nuanced understanding of the major tenets of the European traditions, as well as the continent’s current political and economic structures in Europe and their development over time. 

It consists of introductory and advanced courses. Introductory courses are normally taken within the first two years while advanced courses are normally taken in subsequent years.

It is offered both as a major or a minor.

BA Syllabus (2020-2021)

Learning Outcomes:

Students who have completed a BA programme in European Studies should be able to:

• Understand, illustrate, and apply core foundational concepts and ideas behind European politics, history, culture, and philosophy
• Appreciate cultural diversity in Europe and between Europe and Asia/China
• Critically evaluate underlying theories, concepts, assumptions, limitations and arguments in literary and cultural studies
• Understand and take an informed stance with regard to the key challenges, conflicts, and sources of tension in contemporary European societies
• Critically reflect on and examine complex social, political, and cultural phenomena
• Use specialized knowledge of particular aspects of contemporary European societies to facilitate mutual understanding and intercultural social awareness
• Communicate complex matters effectively, clearly, and concisely
• Comprehend the key academic literature on the aspect of European society in which they specialise
• Demonstrate team-working skills by participating in numerous group activities
• Demonstrate intercultural awareness and have a nuanced and critically reflective appreciation of divergent political, economic, and philosophical schools of thought that emerged in Europe

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