European Studies


Europe is in turmoil. Will it survive? Or will Europe collapse into socio-cultural conflict? As a major trading, political and cultural partner of Europe, Australia is watching developments in the world’s most advanced supranational organisation with interest and concern. European Studies will introduce you to the idea of Europe and the European Union, to European cultures and histories, and to contemporary society and culture. The focus in junior units is on current events, such as immigration, minorities and cultural conflict in Paris, Berlin, Moscow and other major cities, the exploration of European identity in gripping movies and novels, the social effects of the economic crisis in Greece, Spain and Italy, the re-emergence of authoritarian traditions in Russia and Eastern Europe, German advances in ecology and the environment, or ethnicity and co-existence in the Balkans.

The European Studies program is interdisciplinary, meaning that we look at aspects of European life from a variety of perspectives. This allows you to tie European Studies in with your interests in history, economics, politics and the social sciences and literary and cultural studies. All material is taught in English and no language other than English is required in order to take European Studies units.

Major outline

A major in European Studies requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 6 credit points at 3000 level from core units of study.

Junior units of study (1000 level):
There are no junior units of study specific to European Studies. Instead you take 12 junior credit points from any of History, Government and International Relations, European or Middle Eastern languages (including English).

Senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level):
Senior-intermediate (2000 level) units of study allow you to follow your interests in cultural, historical or social studies, gaining breadth and depth of knowledge and generic skills in research, analysis and writing.

In senior-advanced (3000 level) units you will study a broad defining aspect of Europe in terms of contemporary social theory and develop research, analysis and writing skills at a high level of development and learn to apply current theoretical frameworks to the analysis of Europe in terms of area studies and civilisational theory. A major in European Studies requires at least 6 credit points of core units of study completed at 3000 level.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Related subject areas

French Studies, Germanic Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Modern Greek, Hebrew (Modern), Latin

Our courses that offer this major

Not available in 2014