European Studies: Europe as a Field of Knowledge and Europe as an Idea

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Syllabus for students autumn 2019, autumn 2018, autumn 2017

Course Code:
ES110L revision 3
Swedish name:
Europastudier: Europa som kunskapsfält och Europa som idé
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
European Studies
Date of ratification:
18 May 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
18 May 2017

Entry requirements

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 research, 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 gives a thematic and chronological introduction of political thinking in Europe, (5,5 credits); part 2 combines studies on the concept of Europe with training in academic writing (5,5 credits), and part 3 puts the focus on the introduction to scientific thinking and regulations, within the framework of presentations and seminar discussions (4 credits). The different parts are partly intertwined over the course weeks.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, the student shall:

  1. Show basic knowledge about the development of political thinking and philosophy in Europe, and central themes within the framework for this development
  2. Show basic knowledge about the origins, history and changes of Europe as an idea and as a concept over time
  3. Show basic knowledge and understanding about scientific perspectives and ideas
  4. Be able to reflect upon academic ethics and practice
  5. Be able to search for literature, work with encyclopedias, and be able to distinguish between scientific material and other text production
  6. Be able to write shorter texts, based on scientific practice
  7. Be able to make short presentations, individually and in groups, with the use of digital tools
  8. Show basic knowledge about and understanding of the program’s multi-disciplinary and international character
  9. Show understanding for the need of academic rules and practice
  10. Realise the need for further studies and deepened knowledge

Learning activities

Group assignments
Individual studies


Part 1, 5,5 credits: Individual sit-in exam (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3).
Part 2, 5,5 credits: Individual portfolio containing written exercises and formative evaluation + a final individual written paper (Learning outcomes 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10).
Part 3, 4 credits: Group portfolio containing preparations, implementations and written refection on seminar assignments (Learning outcomes 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10).

Grading system

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), selected chapters
  • Delanty, Gerald, Formations of European Modernity: A Historical and Political Sociology of Europe, Palgrave McMillan, London 2013, available as e-book
  • Lindström, Fredrik, European Studies as a field of knowledge, Malmö University Press 2002 (
  • 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.
  • Tosh, John; The pursuit of History, Fourth Edition or later, Longman, 2006, e-book, selected chapters but also used later in the program
  • Tägil, Sven (ed.) Europe – The return of History, Lund, 2001. Selected chapters

Course evaluation

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).

Interim rules

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.

Other Information

The Language of Instruction is English.