Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Natalie Doyle and Dr. Annamaria Pagliaro


The unit investigates the idea of European unity expressed by writers, philosophers and intellectuals in key countries of Western Europe from the 18th to 20th centuries. It pays attention to the cultural traditions that shaped the forms taken by this idea and the national context within which it arose. It introduces students to the way literary and philosophical representations of European unity were invoked at key moments in the history of the European Union to promote the notion of European citizenship.


On completion of this subject students should:

  1. Have a familiarity with, and an understanding of the modern notion of Europe as it was first formulated in literary, philosophical and intellectual discourse.
  2. Have a knowledge of the historical and geographical context within which this idea was formulated and of how it differed across countries.
  3. Have an understanding of the role played by literary, philosophical and intellectual references in the promotion of European citizenship.

  1. 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


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


EUR2620, EUR3620, ATS4766