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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title The Making of Contemporary Europe
Module Code LC208
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tamara Kolaric
Semester 2: Tamara Kolaric
Autumn: Tamara Kolaric
Module TeachersAgnes Maillot
Tamara Kolaric
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the 20th-century historical foundations of the present political and cultural situation in Europe and in Ireland. Major economic, political, ideological and cultural phenomena such as World Wars 1 and 2, totalitarianism, European intergration, the collapse of communism and postmodernism will be surveyed chronologically. Students will study a selection of textual and visual documents illustrating these movements.

Learning Outcomes

1. recognise the 20th century roots of current political and cultural developments in Europe and in Ireland.
2. describe the historical circumstances that have shaped Europe in the 20th century
3. assess critically current political and cultural developments in Europe
4. Have a good understanding of the foundations of the European project

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lectures will cover the main events of European history, looking at their representation in text, films and other supports
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Syllabus
The lectures will survey in chronological order ideological, political and cultural developments in Europe from 1900 to the present. A variety of texts and media will be presented and discussed in order to illustrate the period and theme under scrutiny and deepen the insights gained. Excerpts will be chosen from written texts, audio texts and film, ranging from philosophical essays, political speeches, as well as documentary and feature films.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • N. Davies: 1996, Europe, A History, OUP, Oxford,
  • T Judt: 2005, Postwar - A History of Europe since 1945, Penguin, London,
  • H James: 2003, Europe Reborn, A History, 1914 –2000, Pearson, Harlow,
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Date of Last Revision04-MAR-10

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