EUROPEAN 100G : Europe and the World


2021 Semester One (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An introduction to the study of Europe, organised around a number of major themes, including linguistic and ethnic groupings, historical periods, literary and cultural movements, religious and philosophical traditions, and political and cultural figures. An ideal course for students wishing to explore European culture and civilisation.

Course Overview

This introduction to European Studies plunges students directly into the most pressing issues facing the mass of cultures and countries (and of course the supranational entity under which they are organized, the European Union) that make up modern Europe. Using a chronological approach, the course helps students grasp and react to the long history of this troubled and fascinating continent. Weekly lectures will take us from the first humans to enter Europe before the last ice age to the modern populations co-existing, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not, in that same space. Considering key historical events in tutorials (the Black Death; the French Revolution, World War I) will reinforce topics covered in lectures. Following a number of perennial themes will show us that the “past is never dead; it is not even past.”

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: University

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Situate the European Union within a broad understanding of national and international issues, as well as debates. (Capability 6)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of specific knowledge of the development of the national cultures of Europen and how this engages with local, national, and global concerns. (Capability 3)
  3. Communicate interpretations of cultural and political issues about Europe in a persuasive manner. (Capability 4)
  4. Research issues pertaining to the European Union effectively. (Capability 4)
  5. Analyse European Studies as a field connected to institutioinal, industrial, historical and cultural formations and practices. (Capability 1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Early assessment - news response 5% Individual Coursework
Online quizzes 20% Individual Coursework
Essay preparation exercise 5% Individual Coursework
Essay 20% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination

Next offered


Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

• Attendance is required at scheduled tutorials to complete and receive credit for components of the course.

• Lectures will be available as recordings.

• The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials but only for students enrolled in a remote tutorial stream. 

• Attendance on campus is required for the exam for all students domiciled in Auckland.

• The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.