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EUROPEAN 100 / 100 G: Europe and the World

General Course Information and Assessment 2019


Course Convenor:

Associate Professor Simon Kitson . .


Europe and the World is an introduction to the study of Europe and European culture. The course examines ideas of Europe and Europe’s global significance and is organised around historical periods and major themes: linguistic and ethnic identities; the monotheistic faiths in Europe; Europe’s “discovery” of the New World and expansion; the scientific and industrial revolutions; intellectual and cultural developments of the Renaissance and Enlightenment; urbanisation and mass entertainment; major conflicts in the twentieth century.

Ideas about Europe will be examined critically through a programme of lectures, images, readings and tutorials. Upon successful completion of the course the student should be able to….
  • …understand the idea of Europe as a dynamic cultural construct that reflects historical trends and ideologies;
  • …define trends in the cultural history of Europe with reference to historical precedents, events, and figures;
  • ….demonstrate critical thinking about Europe and about his / her relationship to Europe and things European;
  • …recognise the Us / Other dichotomy implicit in Europe historically and evident in current events;  
  • ....recognise and critique the conflicting tendencies (both historical and contemporary) of integration and separatism in Europe;
  • ...identify effects of Europe’s global reach and influence and how Europe has evolved thorough contact with the rest of the world.
 Tutorials. From Week 2 students also attend a weekly tutorial. Tutorials are an integral component of the course and your learning; they provide a forum to interact with your classmates and tutors and to discuss themes in the lectures and readings. Participation in tutorials enhances your understanding of the course material and aids your preparation for the assessments. The First Year Experience (FYE) team tracks attendance in EUROPEAN 100 / 100G tutorials and worksheets you can submit in Tutorial account for 10% marks for the course (see below). Tutorials meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays–between our two weekly lectures–so topics for discussion in tutorial will typically focus on the two preceding lectures and related readings–that is, from the Tuesday and Friday prior to tutorial.


 Required Text:

* Peter Rietbergen, Europe: A Cultural History. Routledge. 3rd (2015) edition. This updated edition of Rietbergen provides a single narrative voice for most course topics and is our chief source. Limited hard copies are available at UBS; this text is also available as an ebook through the UoA library catalogue, at this link: Rietbergen, and from links under the Reading List heading on the left hand menu in Canvas.

  • Required readings from other sources for some course topics are in the Reading List and accessible on Canvas and /or in the library.
  • “Further” readings are not required, but recommended sources on topics that you may want to use in your research for the coursework essay or for personal interest.  
  • Materials on EUROPEAN 100 / 100G Course Site on Canvas: Under appropriate headings you’ll find available to download lecture summaries and outlines, Worksheets, slides presented in lecture, lecture recordings and other resources. Please note: the usual practice of the course convenor is to post a text outline of a lecture prior to lecture, and to make slides and recordings available within two days afterwards. Guest lecturers may not follow this procedure.        


The University of Auckland rightly presumes that being a full-time student is a full-time job;  the expectation for 15-point courses is that you spend ten hours per week per course and manage your academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Hence, in addition to three contact hours per week in EUROPEAN 100/100G (two hours of lecture and a one-hour tutorial), you should plan to spend approximately seven hours weekly outside class on independent study: reading, revising lectures, preparing the coursework essay and other assessments and for the final exam.  


Europe and the World (EUROPEAN 100 / G) is assessed by a 50% final two-hour written examination (a University requirement for Stage I courses) and 50% coursework, allocated thusly (see below and under the Assignment heading on Canvas for greater detail on the assessments):



Requests for extensions or to make-up a missed assessment are granted for special circumstances beyond your control like illness, bereavement, or accident (not shifting flats or work conflicts). Such requests must be made in advance (when possible) and with supporting documentation (e.g., a dated doctor’s note, obituary, or contact from counselling services). See CLL policy for details.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS for assessments

If you are entitled to special conditions for assessments (extra time, a separate room, etc.) you should alert the course convenor in advance and initiate contact with Disability Services.


These regulations usually apply to assessments like tests and exams sat at a specified time and which count for 10% or more of assessment for a course. (In EUROPEAN 100 / G in 2019 we have no mid-semester test, so this applies to the Coursework Essay and Final Exam). If you miss such an assessment or complete one in an impaired state because of illness or injury, you should contact


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