European Studies: Organizing European Space - From Early Modern Europe to the European Union


Syllabus for students autumn 2021, autumn 2020

Course Code:
ES111L revision 3.1
Swedish name:
Europastudier: Det europeiska rummets organisation - Från det tidigmoderna Europa till EU
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
European Studies
Date of ratification:
20 May 2020
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
18 May 2017

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B.

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 main aim of the course is to enable the student to create a basic knowledge about and understanding of the shifting ways in which Europe has been organised politically, socially and economically, from early modern to contemporary times. Within this framework, the student shall build further knowledge about the emergence and structure of the European Union. The student shall also reach basic understanding and knowledge of the theoretical concepts used to describe and analyse the organisation of European space.


The course contains four graded parts:
a/ Basic theoretical concepts, 3 credits
b/ Regions, states, unions and European networks from early modern Europe to the European Union, 8 credits
c/ Theme studies: processes of regionalisation and state building in different parts of Europe, 4 credits.
The course is structured as follows: part 1 lays the foundation for the rest of the course, and is assessed through a minor sit-in exam. Thereafter, lectures and seminars for parts b/ takes place. This contains a chronological study, where the changing configurations and processes concerning integration and diversification processes in Europe over time are discussed in general, and followed by a discussion of the development of Europe since 1945.
Simultaneously, there will be a continual case study, where each historical period will be studied and discussed based on the development in the Öresund region and the Baltics at the time in question. Important elements are European regions; the development of different state formations in Europe and the emergence of the Westphalian state system; nation and state building; and the global role of Europe. These discussions are followed by special lectures about post-War Europe, and in particular the emergence, expansion and advancing cooperation of and in the European Union (EU).
Part b/ is assessed through a home exam and a sit-in exam.
Part c/ will be totally concentrated on theme studies, where the student, together with other students in theme groups, prepares, produces and presents different examples of regionalisation and state building processes in Europe. The theme studies are finalised with theme days, when the results of the studies are presented with performances and discussions, conducted by the students.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, the student shall:

  1. Show basic understanding and knowledge about regionalisation, nation and state building processes in Europe, from early modern to contemporary times
  2. Be able, on a basic level, to define the most important concepts concerning regionalisation, state building, state relations, borders, political and economic geography, historical context, process and change
  3. Show basic knowledge about Europe’s global role over time
  4. Show basic knowledge about the emergence and construction of the European Union
  5. Show ability to carry out assignments and examinations within the time limits
  6. Show ability to search for, evaluate and compile information and interpretations which refer to the main themes of the course, based on the problems and assignments presented
  7. Show the ability, together with other students in group work, to process and perform a regional process in Europe for other students, based on academic material, as well as other sources and material, including cultural artefacts

Learning activities

Theme studies
Individual studies


Part a/ Sitting exam (Learning outcomes 2, 5, 6)
Part b/1 written home assignment (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
Part b/2 Sitting exam (Learning outcomes 4, 5, 6)
Part c/ Oral group presentation and individual written theme report (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7)

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Buzan, Barry and Richard Little (2000), International Systems in World History, Oxford Univerity Press (also available as e-book)
  • Jönsson, Christer, Sven Tägil & Gunnar Törnqvist (2000), Organizing European Space, Sage.
  • Kenealy, Daniel, Peterson, John and Corbett, Richard (eds.) (2018) 5th edn. The European Union: How Does it Work?, Oxford University Press.
  • Tägil, Sven (ed.) (2001) Europe – The return of History, Lund.
  • Additional articles, chapters, videos and other learning material.
Please note additional online resources may supplement/complement the core textbooks.

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.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Inge Eriksson, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657287


08 November 2021 - 16 January 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 March 2021.

09 November 2020 - 17 January 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK