Summary module description:

Aims:
This module aims to build on and amplify the two Part 1 modules on the making of modern Europe. It aims to consider a number of specific themes which are currently pivotal in public debates about the nature of European identity, and the manner in which these issues are affected by the ongoing process of closer integration. In particular, the module focuses on the interaction between key aspects of the old structures of public life of the member states of the EU and the new challenges faced by such issues as regionalisation, globalisation, and the integration process itself.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be expected to:
- identify and appraise some of the key issues and problems involved in the process of creating a single European political and cultural identity;
- recognise the multi-faceted elements at work in the process of identity formation and provide connections between these elements;
- compare and contrast the sources and intensity of national and regional identities in different European states, and their consequences for the European project;
- locate and assemble information on the subject by their own research;
- organise and articulate a coherent written argument in a coursework essay and under examination conditions

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and pair/group presentation skills, as well as enabling students to analyse and contextualise works by key secondary authors and a limited number of primary texts. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources and databases and their numeracy by examination of key statistics and figures.

Outline content:
The content is organised thematically and from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Four major issues affecting the formation of a new European identity will be looked at. The module commences with an analysis of the historical evolution of national identity in Europe, and the extent to which this identity is embedded in the constitution of European states. There is then a focus on the profound significance of continued regionalist tendencies across Europe, and the manner in which such tendencies affect both the process of national, as well as pan-European, identity formation. In the second term, the module will consider how far, if at all, the development of the EU has fostered a common European citizenship and sense of identity, as well as the development of European representative democracy through the European Parliament and parties, and Europe's relationship to a wider world.

Global context:
The module includes opportunities to discuss contemporary European issues, and notably the relationship between the EU and globalisation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Major themes will be introduced through lectures. Lectures will be paralleled by small group seminars incorporating student-prepared presentations and group discussion. In the Summer term there will be 2 sessions of revision.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 8
Seminars 7 7
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 85 85
       
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 202.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework will consist of the following:

One oral presentation (10% of total mark) to be done during Autumn and Spring terms.

Two online multiple-choice tests (5% of total mark each), one to be done in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term.

One essay of 2500 words, to be handed in early in the Summer term of Year 2 (hard copy, two copies: one of the two copies only to bear the student's name, plus cover sheet; details of date, time and location of hand-in to be announced on Blackboard during Autumn term). Essays are subject to the normal University marking practices (40% of total mark).

A further piece of work which may be either a second essay or a group project linked to the institutions and work of the European Union, to be completed and presented orally by the end of Week 4 of the Summer term of Year 2 (40% of total mark).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor 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:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 2 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, by 1 pm on the next working day thereafter.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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