Europe 1900-45

Module code: Q1054
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module, which is taught and assessed in English, provides an overview of important historical and cultural developments in the first part of the 20th century, focussing on the period between 1900 and 1945. It will concentrate upon pan-European trends, discussing a wide range of historical issues such as imperialism, bourgeois culture, the First World War, Fascism, the Spanish Civil War, National Socialism and the Second World War. The study of different social groups, (e.g. the working class, the bourgeoisie, women and migrants) will be integrated, but movements in the arts and literature will be the main focus of most lectures and seminars. Various national settings (notably those of France, Germany, Italy and Spain) will be considered and discussed, with a view to establishing a comparative perspective on salient cultural issues in the period.

Module learning outcomes

  • The successful student will show a critical awareness of some of the historical events and cultural trends that characterise European society in the first half of the 20th century.
  • S/he will appreciate some aspects of the interrelated and transnational character of European history and culture in the period.
  • S/he will be able to analyse, develop and synthesise a number of ideas introduced in the course.
  • S/he will demonstrate critical reflection upon her/his learning.