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Self-contained courses in European Studies

There are two levels to our self-contained courses, Bachelor's level and Master's level. Methods and thesis courses in European Studies are only given as part of program studies. For a degree with a specialization in European Studies you need to apply to one of our programs.

Bachelor level courses are only given in Swedish, see the Swedish version of this page for more information about them.

Find up to date course syllabi for all European Studies courses: https://utbildning.gu.se/education/courses-and-programmes/course-syllabus/. Search for the course code or the course title.

All courses are designed for full time studies.

Self-contained courses, bachelors's level, autumn semester

EU1150 Russia betwwen the past and the future (15 credits)

What is going on in Russia? Why have the hopes that the country will develop Western liberal democracy and a free market economy after the dissolution of the Communist rule instead resulted in a more authoritarian society? In this course you will, based on an overview of Russia's history – including the Soviet era – study the economic, political and social development of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Furthermore, Russia's new international role and the country's tense relationship with the West are topics that also are studied.

The course is given part time, evenings during autumn semester. 

EU1400 Practical EU-Knowledge (15 credits)

The course Practical EU-knowledge is developed as a unique Learn about how the EU works in practice by focusing on a real case (EU Directive) of your own choice. You will acquire the knowledge of how to search for original documents from different EU institutions, how to trace the legislative process from the earliest mentioning to final law, and the member state legal implementation. In the course you will also train how to write a professional case report and to make an oral presentation. This unique course is developed in cooperation with the European Documentation Centre (EDC) at the University library.

The course is given part time, evenings in english during autumn semester and full time, day time in swedish during spring semester. 

Program core courses and Self-contained courses, master's level, autumn semester

EU2411 Rebuilding Europe (7,5 credits)

This course aims to create a chance to work with students at other European studies center abroad to devise innovative solutions to European problems. This will be done through a cross-campus partnership, joining students and professors from three European universities: the University of Gothenburg, Charles University in Prague, and Sciences Po, Paris. Each year, students from the three universities collaborate to develop a common proposal to address challenges facing contemporary European governance. The project provides students the possibility to creatively consider the various institutional relationships in the European Union with respect to occasionally competing principles, such as democracy, efficiency, transparency, and the balance of power between national, regional and European levels.

The course is open to Stand alone students and Within the Master's Programme in European Studies both Humanities and Social science tracks, and runs part-time for the entirety of the first semester.

EU2112 European Heritage and Identity (10 credits)

Departing from current processes of integration and disintegration in Europe and the notion of the European today, we will pursue the following questions: How old is the notion of “the European”? What is European heritage? Who identifies and what is identified as European today? What are the defining moments of contemporary European identity? These questions will be pursued through a long historical perspective, where the first formulations of European as an identity, and myths on the European are scrutinized. We continue over the rise of nationalisms and into the present-day situation of carefully concerted building of narratives and an institutionalized European political landscape. Our object of study is the complex interplay between memories, heritage, history and identity and their multiple representations in symbols, monuments and unifying as well as conflicting perceptions of their meaning. We will address both historical cases of memory politics and the active building of symbols and narratives of the European union, as well as the rise of Euroscepticism as a counter narrative. Seemingly “soft” issues of heritage and identity are closely linked to “hard” issues of politics and economics. Our understanding of Europe today depends on knowledge of its past. An important way to achieve this is by relating various notions of what it means to be “European” to other, both complementary and competing identities. These can be identities on smaller and larger scales than Europe, such as local, regional, national and global, or of different types such as identification along religious, political, social or cultural lines.

The starting course for the Master's Programme in European Studies for both the Social Science Track and the Humanities Track.

EU2113 European Integration: Current Research and Theory (10 credits)

The aim of this course is to provide you with a deeper understanding of “this strange animal” the European Union. The method by which this will be achieved is by introducing you to the research community’s efforts to study the EU. You will take part of and critically analyse important research works in EU studies. An important objective of the course is also to investigate how theoretical research findings can be adapted to real practical problems arising from the process of European integration.

The second course of the Social Science Track, first semester.

EU2114 European Borderlands (10 credits)

Throughout history, people have erected borders against the outside, the unfamiliar, and “the other.” Lines of separation have appeared in different forms and for different reasons. Borders have sometimes been the result of conscious choices, other times of unintended developments and contingencies. Walls and fences, maps, legislative acts, new technologies and discoveries, ideological constructions, scientific (and pseudo-scientific) categorizations, cultural expressions, and social customs have all served to organize territory and shape perceptions of community and identity. But borders, whether spatial or mental, physical or cultural, have neither been static nor impermeable. For centuries, new lines of divisions, new perceptions of “us” and “them,” and new mechanisms for exclusion and inclusion have emerged, moved, and dissolved while in the process defining and shaping the European experience. Within and between dominant political, economic, and cultural regimes, there have always been spaces of considerable fluidity and exchange. Spanning from the earliest encounters with the peoples and societies of the New World to the rise of the European nation-states, this course builds on the multidisciplinary and rapidly growing field of borderland studies to examine the historical underpinnings of the great challenges facing Europe today.

The second course of the Humanities Track, first semester.

EU2122 Integrating European Markets (10 credits)

The aim of this course is to provide a thorough understanding of the complex process of creating a single internal market within the European Union. The course addresses the problems of integrating different national market systems into one single market. You will analyze the interplay between formal legal restrictions, economical functions of the single market and the political policy-making process. Other central themes are the internal market´s consequences for manufacturing and services, life-conditions, labour markets, capital flows and infrastructural development in Europe and its neighbouring countries. The relationship between national and supranational policies is central.

The third course of the Social Science Track, first semester.

EU2123 Political and Public Spheres and Spaces in European History and Culture (10 credits)

Squares, palaces, cafés, and social media – spheres of power, protest, and deliberation. The Political and Public Spheres and Spaces in European History and Culture course problematizes the emergence and political significance of the public sphere and its relation to the private and secret spheres in European past and present. By tracing the forms of ‘public sphere’ from its Greek & Roman origins, through medieval and early modern palaces and ceremonies, into such modern phenomena as mass protests, state censorship, inclusive/exclusory planning of urban space, scientific debate, and digital piracy the course offers a comprehensive view on politics as a sphere of contention and opinion formation. The course delivers a carefully chosen array of perspectives of different humanist disciplines with teachers recruited from a broad range of subjects.

The third course of the Humanities Track, first semester.

They can all be applied to as self-contained courses for the autumn semester.

In-depth courses, master's level

Program students choose one of these as part of their third semester. They can also be applied to as self-contained courses for the autumn semester.

EU2210 European Environment and Energy (15 credits)

The course treats and problematizes the European Union's environmental and energy politics. You will be analyzing the European Union's legal foundation, the political process, and the commitments for economic growth and market integration from an environmental perspective. One goal is to give an understanding of the vagueness of sustainable development and the way in which the term is ised by and within the European Union. This provides the foundation for thematic in-depth analyses of different environmental- and energy problems and future challenges for the European Union. These thematic in-depth analyses will also contain analyses of the relationship between the European Union and its member states, the European Union as an international actor, and the role NGO:s and other lobby groups play.

EU2215 Europe in the World (15 credits)

This course provides an interdisciplinary understanding of Europe's role in the world and builds upon a number of different perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities. The course goes in-depth within Europe's political, economic, social and security relations with the rest of the world from a historic and current perspective. The studying of "Europe" is understood in a broad sense to include different international organizations, state actors, and civil societies. The course analyses the international meaning of European integration and the effects of the global development on Europe and Europe's changed role in the new world order.

EU2220 Social Europe (15 credits)

The course aims to regard the past, present, and future of the social Europe. The focus will be on interdisciplinary aspects of European citizenship, e.g. rights and obligations, work, family, gender, identity, immigration, and the future of European welfare states. You will get a deepened knowledge of the diversity of European social policies, their political background, and current welfare reforms. The course treats and problematizes European social politics and legislation. This provides a basis for thematic in-depth analyses of different social problems and future challenges for the European Union; including analyses of the relationship between the EU, the Council of Europe, and the member states.

EU2131 Central- and Eastern Europe: Fully European or the European Other? (15 credits)

Are you interested in furthering your knowledge of one of the countries of Central- or Eastern Europe? Or the entire region's historical, economical and societal development? Do you want to know more about how Europe is used as a term to differentiate parts of Central- and Eastern Europe? This course highlights the historical, cultural, political, and socioeconomical perspectives that explain why this unspoken opposition lives on. The course aims to give students knowledge and abilities about Central- and Eastern Europe as a geopolitical region, its political, economic and social divides, as well as the historical and current cultural development.


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