European and European Union Studies
With 27 member states and 500 million people, the European Union (EU) is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant bilateral partner after Australia and China and is one of the world’s leading political and trading blocs. Europe provides an important reference point to Aotearoa and the global community in cultural, linguistic, and political aspects.
Study in European and European Union Studies will look into current events as well as history, language, and culture that have shaped Europe and the European Union.
- There are two main areas of study to choose courses from: EU studies on modern-day Europe, and cultures and languages of Europe.
- Choose from a broad range of topics including political, economic, and social integration of modern-day and historical Europe.
- Get taught by members of the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), Aotearoa New Zealand’s only research centre devoted to study of Europe and the EU.
- Opportunity to complete an international or virtual exchange with UC’s European partner universities.
European and European Union Studies major
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- EURA224 Democratic and Economic Evolution of Europe
- EURA201 European Identity and Culture: Multicultural Societies of Europe and the European Union OR EURA210 European Integration from Community to Union
- One EURA 200-level course
- EURA301 European Identity and Culture: Multicultural Societies of Europe and the European Union OR EURA310 European Integration from Community to Union
- One 300-level EURA course
You may take up to 60 points in European language courses towards your major, including German, French, Russian, or Spanish.
European and European Union Studies minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- EURA101 Global EUrope
- 60 points in 100 to 300-level EURA courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
You may take up to 30 points in European language courses towards your minor, including German, French, Russian, or Spanish.
Studying European and European Union Studies will open up a wide range of careers in Aotearoa and abroad. Your skills and knowledge provide you with a unique perspective on Europe and the EU in various industries, from politics to education to humanities.
Some career pathways could include:
- International trade consultancy
- Foreign affairs
- Policy analysis.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in European and European Union Studies.
Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies
Phone +64 3 369 0390
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