Module Details

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Title EUROPE SINCE 1945: AN EMOTIONAL HISTORY
Code HIST285
Coordinator Dr M Wilks-Heeg
History
M.Wilks-Heeg@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To explore the history of Europe since 1945 from a comparative and transnational perspective;

To explore questions of social, cultural, political and economic change over time in Europe since 1945;

To consider the importance of emotions in politics, society and culture, and as a lens for historical research.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

(LO3) An understanding of key themes in the social, cultural and political history of postwar Europe.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

The lecture programme (eleven 1-hr lectures) explores key themes such as postwar reconstruction and anti-fascism, communism and anti-communism, consumption, decolonisation, the construction of a European Community, the protest movements of 1968, migration and memory, and the collapse of state socialism in 1989. We will ask how emotions such as fear and love shaped the individual and collective experiences of Europeans in eastern and western Europe. The seminar programme (five two hour seminars) is structured around group discussions and individual presentations on key themes, based around close readings of secondary literature and primary sources.  S ources will include films, diaries, fiction, and visual images as well as data sets and maps.  Students’ assessed presentations will build on these seminar discussions.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture:
Eleven one hour lectures.The lectures provide a framework for the module, introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates, and provide the context for the in-depth discussions in the seminars.

Seminar:
Five two hour seminars. These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module, and hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.
Notes: Max 15 students per group


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11

10

        21
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Presentation There is a resit opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  5 minutes    15       
Commentary Standard UoL penalties will apply This will be marked anonymously There will be a resit opportunity,  -500 words         
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2000 words    80       

Recommended Texts

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