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EUR4620 - Contemporary Intellectuals and the Idea of Europe

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Marko Pavlyshyn


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


As for EUR3620


On completion of this subject students should:

  1. Have a familiarity with, and an understanding of, the positions of contemporary intellectuals with respect to the ideas of Europe and European unity.
  2. Have a knowledge of the history of the idea of, and political moves toward, European unity, especially after 1945.
  3. Be familiar with the relevant debates and able to discuss contributions to them, whether scholarly, journalistic or essayistic.
  4. Be able to demonstrate competence in the following skills:
    1. obtaining access to source materials and secondary writings through the library and other resources;
    2. writing (including planning, arguing on the basis of evidence, and documenting);
    3. analysis and interpretation of texts, including the application of appropriate terms and concepts for the discussion of content and form;
    4. oral presentation of information and argument based on guided and independent reading;
    5. discussion of texts and oral presentations;
    6. assimilation of information and opinion from various sources for purposes of forming independent judgments;
    7. team work.
In addition, students taking the subject at fourth-year level should:
  1. Be familiar with different theoretical perspectives on the ideas and processes treated in the subject.


Short essay (2500 words): 35%
Long essay (4500 words): 50%
Class project (equivalent 2000 words): 15%
Fourth-year students will choose from a different set of essay topics than those available to third-year students and will be expected to demonstrate more developed research, analytical and critical skills than their third-year counterparts.

Contact hours

3 hours (1 lecture and 2 tutorials) per week


A major in European Studies or approval by the Centre for European Studies