Europe 1945-date

Module code: R9011
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

In ths module, which is taught and assessed in English, you'll gain an overview of important historical and cultural developments in the second part of the 20th century, focusing on the period from 1945 to the present day.

You will study pan-European trends, discussing a wide range of historical events and cultural issues such as:

  • the defeat and division of Germany
  • post-war literature and culture in the Cold War
  • philosophical movements like Existentialism and Structuralism
  • decolonisation
  • German reunification and its aftermath
  • the construction and crises of the European Union.

Reference to significant trends or changes in society, politics, economics and technology 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 demonstrate an understanding of one or more of the major historical developments and/or cultural movements affecting European societies in the second half of the 20th century.
  • S/he will demonstrate an appreciation of the interrelated and transnational character of European history and culture in the period.
  • S/he will give clear evidence of the ability to analyse, synthesise and develop ideas introduced in the course.
  • S/he will give clear evidence of the ability to construct a coherent argument and to articulate it in literate English of a high standard in the appropriate register.