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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 (Mon 4-5), one hour seminar (Thurs 3-4), and 1 one-hour back-up class (choose one of Fri 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, 2-3, 3-4). 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.
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 six main sections, listed in the order in which they will be taught.
- History I: Twentieth Century Europe (Dr Hung, replacing Dr Hewitson)
- Political Science I: explores the key issues, concepts & problems in Politics (Prof Marlière)
- Political Science II: Challenges to the State in World Politics (Dr Bakke)
- Law: focuses on general principles of law and the foundations of EU law (Dr Boccardi)
- History II: History of Political Thought (Dr Schröder)
- Political Science III: Political Economy (Dr Kappe)
- Philosophy: is concerned with philosophical problems in European thought (Dr Stern).
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
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