ESPS1001 - Introduction to European History, Law, Politics and Philosophy

Course value: 1.0 unit
Convenor: Profesor Philippe Marlière
Duration: Two terms
Teaching structure:  One-hour lecture, one-hour seminar, and 1 one-hour back-up class. All parts of the course are compulsory and attendance is monitored.
Workload: one practice essay and one assessed essay; weekly seminar reading (available on Moodle) and two seminar presentations
Assessment: 1 unseen three-hour written exam (75%), 1 assessed essay of 2,500 words (25%)
Available to: ESPS First Years, ESPS Affiliates, and students from other departments. Students not taking an ESPS degree should note that due to the disciplinary range of this module, it will be hard to pass.


Course Description:

This is the first-year core module, compulsory for all First Year ESPS students, giving an introduction to concepts and theories central to the understanding of modern European politics, history and thought. The module is divided into seven main sections, listed in the order in which they will be taught.

  • Political Science I: Key Issues & Problems in Politics (Prof Marlière)
  • Political Science II: Challenges to the State in World Politics (Dr Bakke)
  • History I: Twentieth Century European History (Dr Hilson)
  • Philosophy: is concerned with philosophical problems in European thought (Dr Stern).
  • History II: Explaining Modernity (Dr Hewitson)
  • Political Science III: Political Economy (Dr Kappe)
  • Law: focuses on general principles of law and the foundations of EU law (Dr Spano)

Guest lectures from other disciplines, and classes on essay and examination writing, will also be given. Lectures are supported by weekly back-up classes, in which students discuss ideas and arguments raised in the lectures and in a weekly set reading. These classes are generally convened by Ph.D students.

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