UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


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

Course value: 1.0 unit
Convenor: Dr. Tom Stern
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: Challenges to the State in World Politics (Professor Kristin Bakke)
  • History I: Explaining Modernity (Professor Mark Hewitson)
  • History II: History of Political Thought (Dr Peter Schröder)
  • Political Science II: Political Economy (Dr Roland Kappe)
  • Law: Selected Topics of International Law (Dr Alessandro Spano)
  • Political Science III: Key Issues & Problems in Politics (Professor Philippe Marlière)
  • Philosophy: (Dr Amanda Greene)

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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View Reading List (2017/18) (pdf)

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