Post-War Europe: Political and Societal Transformations
Full course description
The course offers students a comprehensive assessment of contemporary Europe, East and West, since the end of the Second World War. The lectures and tutorials provide an overview of the major events in postwar Europe with a problem-oriented discussion of key themes, such as economic reconstruction, decolonization, the Cold War, European integration, and fascism. The tutorials will deal in particular with what the historical events still have to say to us today, in terms of geopolitical power relations, socio-economic development, democratic potential and political cultures. In the skills training, on source criticism, students analyse the use and abuse of history in contemporary Europe. The skills training also challenges students to engage critically with intercultural communication, and helps them to develop their academic research and writing.
- Understand the historical, political, societal, and international context of the process of European integration since 1945; and to apply such knowledge and understanding to academic questions;
- Review academic concepts, from the field of history, aimed at understanding the process of European integration;
- Contextualise and assess past and ongoing developments in the process of European integration;
- Evaluate, compare and develop scholarly arguments in view of forming a judgement on the state of the art of research in European Studies;
- Identify, retrieve, and critically appraise sources and data to build evidence-based arguments concerning the process of European integration; and use ethical rules related to scholarly work, including acknowledgement, use of other persons’ sources, and referencing;
- Participate in scholarly and policy debates on European history and integration, within the international PBL classroom, with an awareness of the sensitivities of inter-cultural communication.
Buchanan, T. (2012). Europe's Troubled Peace 1945 to the Present (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.