Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Natalie Doyle


Previously coded EUR2080


This unit investigates the way Europe came to overcome its divisions in the second half of the twentieth century and the ways it prevented conflict at both the national and international levels. It inquires into the values and ideas that allowed it to unite and explores the notion of integration at both the national and international levels. The core areas of focus include: the division between East and West, social protest, dissent, the welfare state, party systems and social movements, determining the validity of a single European experience, issues of identity and nationalism, the birth of European institutions, and the demise of the revolutionary ideology.


On completion of this subject students should:

  1. Have a familiarity with, and an understanding of, the values and ideas that inform European integration and the shaping of a contemporary European identity.
  2. Have a knowledge of significant institutions of the European Union, as well as governmental structures, party systems and social movements in several European countries.
  3. Have an understanding of, and an ability to apply, key terms and concepts relevant to contemporary European debates.
  4. Be familiar with, and able to discuss, relevant documents, including expository and theoretical texts.
  5. 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 third-year level should:
  6. Have some knowledge of different schools of thought concerning the ideas and processes treated in the subject.


Tutorial leadership (equivalent to 250 words): 6%; Class paper (equivalent to 250 words): 6%; Essay (2000 words): 44%; Exam (2 hour, 2000 words): 44%.

Chief examiner(s)

Natalie Doyle

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies
European and European Union studies