Module title: Understanding European History and Politics for the 21st Century

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LNG08125
Module leader: Nick Pilcher
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Pilcher
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module consists of 3-hour seminars combining lecture and tutorials. The first 45 minutes – 1 hour of each session (after Session 1 which will consist of an hour long introduction + an hour lecture and a one -hour workshop) consists of a lecture on the theme being studied. This will progress throughout the course of the module to cover: political and historical aspects of citizenship, identity, immigration, society, and nationhood in shaping contemporary Europe (5 sessions [LO1]); aspects of the economics and politics of the EU, European integration, Europe’s economic role internationally, and international relations (4 sessions [LO2]). The subsequent two hours of the session will consist of activities that apply the materials learnt in that session and in previous sessions as the module progresses [LO3,4]. These activities will be individual, pair, and group discussion and also incorporate role play, simulation, presentation and whole class discussion elements [LO3,4].

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Fuller understanding of the history and politics of Europe will help give a much deeper understanding of Europe’s contemporary position and international role. Given students will be going in to a workplace that is European and global in nature this will help them understand both the different perspectives of the nature of their workplace, and of their role in it. This will have a positive impact upon professional practice and effectiveness through raising awareness and knowledge of the details and importance of past and current events and perspectives regarding the EU, Europe, and its role internationally.

Assessment (formative or summative)
Coursework assessment will be both formative and summative and will consist of two portfolios. These will be completed during the course of the module which will assess all learning outcomes (both addressing issues of a political and historical nature, with a portfolio covering two aspects: one from the first sessions of the course, and another from the later sessions). Students will receive feedback on an initial draft before they submit, and also receive feedback on their completed portfolio tasks when the marks are returned to them.

In addition there will be summative assessment in the form of a 2-hour exam – this will consist of two sections. This exam will consist of tasks similar in nature (but with different questions) to those students will have already completed for the preceding portfolios. Each section will require students to successfully answer questions requiring full use of LO1, LO2, LO3, and LO4.

Research / teaching linkages
In terms of the understanding and analysis of different viewpoints to complete the task [LO3,4], this very much aligns with the research processes conducted in many forms of research.

Supporting equality and diversity
The module requires students to consider the specific role of key historical, economic and political aspects relating to Europe today. This helps make students aware of the role of equality and diversity from a specific EU perspective. All materials will be available on Moodle.

Internationalisation
The module draws on material from international media and sources. It is also implicitly international in its focus on a range of historical, economic, and political aspects of Europe from a global perspective. This will enable students to become effective international practitioners.


Formative Assessment:
Coursework assessment will be both formative and summative and will consist of two portfolios. These will be completed during the course of the module which will assess all learning outcomes (both addressing issues of a political and historical nature, with a portfolio covering two aspects: one from the first sessions of the course, and another from the later sessions). Students will receive feedback on an initial draft before they submit, and also receive feedback on their completed portfolio tasks when the marks are returned to them

Summative Assessment:
Coursework assessment will be both formative and summative and will consist of two portfolios. These will be completed during the course of the module which will assess all learning outcomes (both addressing issues of a political and historical nature, with a portfolio covering two aspects: one from the first sessions of the course, and another from the later sessions). Students will receive feedback on an initial draft before they submit, and also receive feedback on their completed portfolio tasks when the marks are returned to them.

In addition there will be summative assessment in the form of a 2-hour exam – this will consist of two sections. This exam will consist of tasks similar in nature (but with different questions) to those students will have already completed for the preceding portfolios. Each section will require students to successfully answer questions requiring full use of LO1, LO2, LO3, and LO4.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 25 1, 2, 3, 4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Portfolio 25 1, 2, 3, 4 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1, 2, 3, 4 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module content provides you with an understanding of a number of key areas related to European history and politics, such as citizenship, society, immigration, nationhood and identities. It also considers economic aspects regarding their relation to society and politics, the EU and economic integration, and international relations. One-hour lectures will cover these areas. Throughout the focus is on considering the future of Europe in the context of its history and its politics.
Follow up two-hour tutorials discuss these aspects considering their role in the future of Europe. We will reflect on and critically evaluate how different perspectives are expressed and conveyed through a number of different sources such as different national newspapers and different academic texts. Considerations of such sources will give you a broader perspective of the different voices and themes in the history and politics of Europe to today. This will help prepare you for future work in today’s globalizing world through giving you a strong foundation in current understandings of Europe and of its role and situation in a global context.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Promote an in-depth understanding of political and historical aspects of citizenship, identity, immigration, society, and nationhood in shaping contemporary Europe
LO2: Develop a broad understanding of the history of economic aspects of European integration, the EU and Europe’s economic and political role internationally in today’s world
LO3: Enhance the ability to consider and assess different viewpoints regarding these aspects through evaluation and synthesis of a range of different media and sources
LO4: Develop the skills required to convey these viewpoints within the context of your own informed perspective in a written report and a written exam

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