European Studies 101

Posted on August 11, 2012


Europeans are not all the same. They come from many rich and diverse cultures.

This course is a prerequisite to a major in European studies and introduces the student to Europe, its people, its languages, its geography, its history, its rich artistic, literary, musical, cultural and philosophic traditions.

The peoples of Europe are heirs to one of the world’s richest and most exciting cultures.  We’ll have plenty to discuss in our 39 hours.

 Texts:  (Available in the book store)

Yes, I Want to Learn About Europe.

Readings in European Studies

The Arts and Cultures of Europe:  From the Cro Magnon to the 19th Century.

Week one.  Introduction.  Course syllabus.  Expections of students.  The semi-continent of Europe.  European geography and climate.  Film:  “Meet the European People.”

Week two.  The cultures, languages and countries of Europe.  The map of Europe.  European material culture.  European myth and religious traditions.

Week three.  Early history of Europe.  Early human migrations.  Agriculture.  Bronze age Greece, Roman Empire, German invasions, Medieval times.

Week four.  Renaissance, Colonial Era, Reformation, Enlightenment, French Revolution, World Wars and modern times.

Week five.  Modern economic and social Europe.  Case study:  Slovakia.  Introduction to an archaeology and anthropology of Europe.

Week six.  Industry and agriculture, a pan-European perspective, from the beginnings of the Industrial era. European literature, part 1 (novels, short fiction, poetry.)

Week seven.  European literature, part 2 (belles letters, sacred writings, theatre, modern trends.)  European high art and folk craft traditions from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia.

Week eight.  European music, dance, sport and architecture.  European urban and rural perspectives.  Europeans in love.

Week nine.  European philosophic traditions. Europeans and science. The European woman.  Europeans at home and leisure.

Week ten.  Museum trip. (Fee included in tuition.)

Week eleven.  European influences abroad.  Europe’s relevance in the modern world.  Can European culture survive?  Surprise guest lecturer.

Week twelve.  Class presentations.

Week thirteen.  Course review.

Examination times will be announced.

Also available:  Asian Studies 101.  African Studies 101.  First Nation Studies 101 …