European Studies: Europe as a Field of Knowledge and Europe as an Idea
Syllabus for students autumn 2016
- Course Code:
- ES110L revision 1
- Swedish name:
- Europastudier: Europa som kunskapsfält och Europa som idé
- Level of specialisation
- Main fields of study:
- European Studies
- Date of ratification:
- 18 March 2015
- Decision-making body:
- Faculty of Culture and Society
- Enforcement date:
- 29 August 2016
General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B. General entry requirement (with the exemption of Swedish language) and specific entry requirement of English B from Swedish upper secondary school (Field specific entry requirements A6/6), or equivalent.
Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations
The course is part of the main field of study European studies at the 1-30 credit level and meets the degree requirements for the degree of Bachelor, main field of study European Studies.
The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge about European studies as a field of knowledge; concepts, theoretical frameworks and history of ideas. A second aim is to provide basic knowledge in academic thinking and writing
The course combines an introduction to academic studies and scientifically founded texts with practical exercises in academic writing and oral presentations. Concepts such as ethics in academic practise source criticism and critical thinking, will be introduced. The programme in its entirety, the progression and its place in the university structure will be presented. The course also contains an introduction to information searching and presentation technique.
Further, the course contains a basic introduction to the history of ideas and thoughts on Europe, and Europe as a concept in the history of Western political and societal thinking.
The course is divided into three parts: part 1 lays the foundation to academic writing (5,5 credits), part 2 puts the focus on the introduction to scientific thinking and regulations, within the framework of presentations and seminar discussions (4 credits) and, finally, part 3 gives a thematic and chronological exposé of political thinking in Europe, and how thoughts about Europe have developed and changed over time (5,5 credits)
At the completion of this course, the student shall:
- Show basic knowledge about the development of political thinking and philosophy in Europe, and central themes within the framework for this development
- Show basic knowledge about the European concept’s origins, history and changes over time
- Show basic knowledge and understanding about scientific perspectives and ideas
- Be able to reflect upon academic ethics and practice
- Be able to search for literature, work with encyclopaedias, and be able to distinguish between scientific material and other text production
- Be able to write shorter texts, based on scientific practice
- Be able to make short presentations, individually and in groups, with the use of digital tools
- Show basic knowledge about and understanding of the program’s multi-disciplinary and international character
- Show understanding for the need of academic rules and practise
Part 1, 5,5 credits: Individual portfolio containing written exercises and formative evaluation (Learning outcomes 4, 6, 7, 10, 11).
Part 2, 4 credits: Group portfolio containing preparations, implementations and written refection on seminar assignments (Learning outcomes 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11).
Part 3, 5,5 credits: Individual sit-in exam (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3).
Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).
Course literature and other teaching materials
- Booth, Wayne, Gregory Colomb and Joseph Williams, The Craft of Research, Chicago 2008, third edition (e-book and core book for writing processes in the whole program)
- Caine, Barbara and Glenda Sluga, Gendering European History 1780-1920, Sidney (2000, 2002)
- Lindström, Fredrik, European Studies as a field of knowledge, Malmö University Press 2002 (www.mah.se/europa/publications)
- May, Tim, Social Research – Issues, methods and process, Open University Press: Buckingham, 2002 (also used in the second semester). I urval
- Morrow, John, History of Western Political Thought- a thematic introduction, Palgrave, 2nd edition 2005.
- Pritchard, Duncan, What is this thing called knowledge?, Routhledge 2013
- Tosh, John; The pursuit of History, Fourth Edition, Longman, 2006
- Tägil, Sven (ed.) Europe – The return of History, Lund, 2001. I urval
The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).
If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.
The Language of Instruction is English.