This module examines the idea, and the myth, of Europe from a number of different perspectives. It is an interdisciplinary module that ranges across the boundaries of the humanities, social sciences and science subjects. The module explores how religion, politics, law, finance, art and literature, amongst other things, have all contributed to the making of European identities. It investigates the ways in which Europeans have interacted with the rest of the world and how this has shaped Europeans’ views of themselves and of others. The module includes a number of different approaches and does not limit itself to a Eurocentric perspective. It considers how Europe has been viewed from afar, as well as the viewpoints of those who are in Europe but who do not identify with, or feel excluded from, a European identity. The topics are approached in a broadly chronological manner. However, the module is not a history of Europe and nor is it a survey. It does not aim to be comprehensive. Rather, it examines its subject by focusing on a number of case studies. Throughout the module, there is an emphasis on cultural continuity, as well as disjuncture; on the history and genealogy of ideas, and on the evolution of prevailing myths. The material is approached in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the expertise of a range of staff and utilising the diversity of knowledge and experience that may be contributed to classes by students.
Category: Interdisciplinary Studies Centre