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> Modern European History & Politics

This subject module is recommended for students wishing to apply to the following degree programmes: European Social and Political Studies BA, History BA, Politics BA, History of Art BA, English BA, Law LLB amongst others.


This course provides an introduction to the cultural, social, and political history of Europe since 1789, whilst also including current affairs and on-going socio-political debates. The aim of the course is to develop key academic skills and reach a better understanding of Europe's history and political principles.

Although a great emphasis will be put on learning the facts and mastering the chronology of events, history is first and foremost about understanding the past. It is more than a long series of dates and events to remember: the issues of how facts can be perceived and selected, and how history is written and by whom will also be explored.

Content and skills

Topics studied include: the Enlightenment and the principles of Western democracy, the French Revolution & Romanticism, nations and nationalism, politics and government; the free market & state intervention, European ethos & the construction of the EU and an introduction to International Relations.

Students will be encouraged to develop the following skills: critical thinking, analysing historical documents in context, essay-writing, presentations, research.

In addition along with visits in London, interdisciplinary seminars will be organised with other units such as Modern European Art and Literature and Geography.

Course structure

General overview and context will be given in the lectures, whilst more interactive work will be done in the seminars, where you will develop your understanding of the periods and concepts. Techniques include: analysing historical documents in their context, summarising and reporting on readings, contrasting and comparing ideological standpoints.

In addition to the lecture and seminars you will benefit from office hours and tutorials during which you will dicuss topics with your lecturer.

As the course progresses, you will gain a deeper understanding of historical and political notions. You will then have the opportunity to present your own research in at the  end of the year. The final exam will test knowledge, comprehension and synthesis of the whole syllabus.

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