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LANG2009 The EU and European Identity

Module Overview

The course seeks to provide an overview of the evolution of the European Union (EU) from its early stages to the present. In so doing, it examines the ideas and history of the EU, the institutions of the EU, examples of specific issue areas and the present and future challenges facing the Union. By the end of the course students should have a broad knowledge of the EU, encompassing these various dimensions. They should be able to critically reflect on the various debates, critique the established literature and present their own reasoned arguments.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Introduce you to the European Union, European integration and the debates on European identity; • Engage you with a critical examination of identity, borders, migrations and Europeanisation; • Make you aware of the cultural effects of the process of European integration; • Develop your research skills when researching on the EU.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Theories of European integration, Europeanisation and European identity;
  • Contrasting analyses of political, historical and cultural processes of European integration;
  • The cultural dimension of European integration;
  • Debates on European identity;
  • Political issues on national identity and sovereignty.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop and clearly express sophisticated theoretical arguments in writing;
  • Collate a wide variety of material and evaluate its usefulness;
  • Express your own views and interpretations clearly and succinctly in oral presentations;
  • Participate in intellectual discussions;
  • Use a variety of resources to carry out detailed independent research;
  • Critically evaluate your own skills.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce complex readings of texts in various media;
  • Discuss debates about contemporary European integration and the EU;
  • Carry out advanced research into cultural and political issues;
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse theoretical work on the processes of European integration, cultural identification and Europeanisation;
  • Produce your own analyses of varied cultural processes attached to European integration;
  • Think critically about the workings of the European Union;
  • Think critically about questions of cultural identity and agency;
  • Think critically about the relations between the regional, national European levels.

Syllabus

The module provides an overview of the evolution of the European Union (EU) from its early stages to the present. In so doing, it examines the ideas and history of the EU, the institutions of the EU, examples of specific issue areas and the present and future challenges facing the Union. By the end of the module you should have a broad knowledge of the EU, encompassing these various dimensions. You should be able to critically reflect on the various debates, critique the established literature and present your own reasoned arguments. The syllabus may typically include PART I: INTRODUCTION TO THE EU • Introduction to the EU offers an overview of the historical development of the EU and of EU institutions. • Conceptualising the EU • Conceptualising the EU 2 PART II: RESEARCHING THE EU AND EUROPEAN IDENTITY • What is the EU and How to study it? • The idea of Europe • European identity, between politics and culture PART III: THEMATIC APPROACHES TO EUROPEAN INTEGRATION • Europeanisation or cultural narratives of Europe • Borders and Migrations: Fortress Europe, immigration policy and Securitisation • Transnational Belonging • European Identities Session 11: Concluding and Revising session

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures and questions; • Seminar group presentations; • Group discussion in seminars. Learning activities include • Organisation of material and own ideas for oral presentation; • Developing own interpretation of theoretical works and texts; • Debating ideas in class, especially in response to student presentations; • Independent study. Innovative or special features of this module ? You will be asked to join a group topic to present their individual research and they will need to provide a group introduction to the topic under discussion. Guidance will be provided by the teachers. ? An individual write-up of the seminar presentation will be produced taking into account the seminar discussion and teacher’s feedback. The module format is discussion-based, encouraging you to take responsibility for your own work. You will be introduced to theoretical works on European integration, European identity and Europeanisation and be able to sketch out the debates relating to them and pose your own questions, which will form the basis of ensuing student-led discussion organised around individual presentations. You will be required to give one oral presentation during the module, evidencing a capacity for independent research and an ability to apply theory to the material studied. The presentation will be assessed and detailed written feedback on it will be provided. The written assignments will test your understanding of the theoretical issues introduced, your ability to conduct detailed independent research, develop analysis, and engage in theoretical argument at a high level. The seminars are designed around group-work, individual presentation and discussion. Each session will focus on a course text introducing the topic and highlighting the central questions. Where appropriate, you will be given the task to introduce the topic in short presentations to their peers. Apart from that you will be encouraged to collect and present other materials, such as media texts, to complement the course texts.

TypeHours
Lecture12
Wider reading or practice40
Revision40
Seminar12
Follow-up work4
Preparation for scheduled sessions2
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Jeffrey T. Checkel, Peter J. Katzenstein. (2009). European Identity. 

Favell, Adrian (2008). Eurostars and Eurocities. Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe. 

Richard K. Herrmann, Thomas Risse, and Marilynn B. Brewer (Eds) (2004). Transnational Identities: Becoming European in the EU. 

Demossier, M. (2007). The European Puzzle, the political structuring of cultural identities at a time of transition. 

Friedman Rebecca and Markus Thiel (eds.) (2012). European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging. 

Fligstein, Neil (2008). Euroclash. The EU, European Identity, and the Future of Europe. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 60%
Seminar presentation 20%
Seminar write up 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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