Summary module description:

Aims:
This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to extend their knowledge of issues encountered in earlier core European Studies modules, or in other political, historical, and cultural modules. By means of a varied selection of case studies, it provides an introduction to a much broader range of subjects and disciplines, which the students themselves can select to study.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
- identify and explain the main issues of the individual case studies which they opt to study
- locate and assemble information on the respective case studies by their own research
- appraise critically the primary and secondary sources of the respective case studies
- organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing, both under timed conditions and in assessed essays.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations, with some analytical procedures carried out as part of a team. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources and databases, and many of the case studies will also expand their capacity for quantitative analysis of statistics and figures.

Outline content:
The content is organised thematically in the form of three individual case studies. Although most case studies are delivered by the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, other contributing departments in the European Studies programme also offer case studies, and consequently a considerable level of multi-disciplinarity is built into the module. Case studies on offer (not necessarily in every year) include such themes as: the Common Agricultural Policy, Italy and Europe from the Enlightenment to the Present, The European Left, Enlargement Issues, and Europe and the Idea of Race. These case studies (a total of six in any given year) are taught for the modules EU3CS1 and EU3CS2. Students on the 3-year BA programme in European Studies choose three case studies from this portfolio of six. The selection of three may be taken from either EU3CS1 or EU3CS2, or a mixture of both. Students then take the case studies in the same classes as those for EU3CS1 and EU3CS2. This explains why the number of contact hours varies between 0 and 18 in the Autumn and Spring terms. The total across these two terms should never be more than 18. NB: The precise distribution of hours between Autumn and Spring will depend on the student's choice of case studies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Each case study is taught by means of six hours of seminars, which require preparatory research and reading, structured group discussion, and the presentation of seminar papers. Case studies may also require discussion of videos and team-based simulation exercises and debates.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 8 14 3
Fieldwork 5
Guided independent study 79 68 22
       
Total hours by term 87.00 87.00 25.00
       
Total hours for module 199.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 55
Written assignment including essay 35
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will:
- write one essay of 2,500-3,000 words to be handed in, in two copies (hard copy: one of the two copies only to bear the student's name), plus coversheet, at the start of the Spring or Summer term following the course (depending on the case study chosen). Essays are subject to normal moderation procedures - undertake one assessed oral presentation during the term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    Three hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole. Coursework for reassessment must be resubmitted by 1 pm on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, at 1 pm on the next working day thereafter.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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