EURA301-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

European Identity and Culture: Multicultural Societies of Europe and the European Union

30 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


This course looks at the social and cultural impacts of European integration. Employing a multidisciplinary perspective, this course aims to answer a set of questions: What are the key issues confronting the European Union (EU) and its citizens? How do current issues facing the EU - immigration multi-cultural and multi-lingual society, religious and political diversity - influence the motivation behind integration? The course examines the notions of Europe and the EU and the roles of individual, national and supranational identities in the EU's interactions with its citizens and the world. There is an emphasis on interactive discussions, small group activities and access to experts in the field.

Currently, Europe and the EU are involved into complex political and economic matters that rank among the most significant changes on the continent since World War II.  The changing profile of the European societies serves to underline the necessity for a systematic analysis of contemporary Europe, one of the dominant economic, political and cultural counterparts for New Zealand.

This one semester course is open to everyone irrespective of their discipline. It covers a range of topics relating on the political implications of European Integration and its social and cultural impacts. The main goal of this course is to examine key issues confronting the EU and its citizens at this turning point in history. The process of European integration, on-going on the backdrop of the globalising world,  changing global order, information revolution and several ongoing crises in Europe (Euro debt and migration crises specifically) impacts the identities of the peoples who inhabit the Union.

The philosophical and historical ideas about “What Europe is?”, “Where its boarders lie?” and “Who is European?” are essential for understanding both the initial and changing motivations behind integration and in understanding current debates around issues such as multi-cultural and multi-lingual society,  immigration, religious and political diversity.

Learning Outcomes

1. This core course will lay the foundation for more specialised European and EU Studies courses offered in the fourth years of the degree (EURO BA Honours), as well as  MEURO, MA (by thesis) and PhD in European Studies.

2. For those students who may not continue with European and EU Studies as a degree major, the course will offer a comprehensive introductory overview of the wider Europe and the EU in it –and their multicultural and diverse societies -- which would complement their general educational experience and allow them to interact more knowledgeably in civil society.
3. The course will provide a truly interdisciplinary and high quality academic insight to the challenging questions of European integration and European identities by looking at different social and cultural subjects in modern multicultural Europe, and examining the ways in which the EU acts and influences these issues. This course is unique in that it focuses on the concept of Europe as an entity and investigates issues from the European (rather than simply a nation state) perspective. These facets of the course will help students to engage with global and multi-cultural contexts, particularly from a disciplinary point of view and strengthen their own reflections about a culture in their own communities.

4. The use of seminar and group discussion teaching methods will give undergraduate students the ability to hone their skills at analytical debating and develop their confidence in presenting their research. Effective work in groups and collaborations is sought after skill and attribute in the modern-day working environment.

5. Students will be invited to communicate complex ideas using a variety of techniques and media – another attribute sought by professional communities.  Students’ weekly participation in virtual forums will further develop their writing skills essential for successful careers in the future.

6. The course will also expand the opportunities for students to involve themselves in critical thinking concerning Europe and the EU at early levels of their academic career and allow for open discussions.  This will facilitate skills in understanding, analysis and development of arguments and ideas within the discipline; and encourage students to think independently and employ specialist disciplinary knowledge to evaluate topics and issues.

7. Research assignments – oral presentation in a team or individual format, participation in the virtual forum, essay and a take-home test -- will allow students to tailor the course to their area of interest and to practice their research and investigation skills. Students will use learned skills to research a topic.  These connections between knowledge on the one side and skills and attributes on other is critical to benefit workplaces and communities.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Any 15 points of EURA or EURO 200-level courses OR any 45 points with B average at 200-level in Arts, Commerce, Law, Geography OR any other 45 points with B average at 200-level with the approval of the Course Coordinator.


EURA201, EURO201, EURO301

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Eng Core 119 Meeting Room 3 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Eng Core 119 Meeting Room 3 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Natalia Chaban


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Small group presentation #1 8%
Small group presentation #2 8%
Individual presentation 9%
Essay 30%
Test 25% (Part I in class, Part II take home)
Virtual Forum contributions 15% following Virtual tutorials
Particpation 5% Regular attendance and participation in class discussions


There is no single textbook for this course. The collection of selected readings for every tutorial will be available on Learn or provided during lectures.

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,523.00

International fee $6,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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