The European Union is the world's most progressive supranational power. But what is it exactly? It began as a federation of states, joining together after the Second World War to solve centuries of European conflict. However since the Fall of the Wall in 1989, the nations of the European Union have faced the challenges of the new century: economic downturn, social and cultural discord and political upheaval. Yet the EU remains the most forward-looking of global political structures. In this unit we discuss contemporary Europe, focusing on the regions and ethno-national identities, and the main themes of social change and cultural self-expression. We look at the EU and the social and political forces both holding it together and pulling it apart. We study contemporary films and novels in order to enter into the realities of life in Europe now. No language other than English is required.
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1500wd assignment (30%), 1x1000wd quiz (20%), 1x2000wd research essay (40%), tutorial participation (10%)