What is the course about?
If we ask the apparently simple question ‘what is Europe?’ we are probably hard put to come up with any cogent answer. Why is this? We will approach this question by asking another: does ‘Europe’ have a common philosophical, cultural root or essence that has shaped its worldview and identity? What is this worldview and identity?
What will we cover?
The Greek and Judeo-Christian philosophical roots constituting any ‘European’ worldview. The relations between the European ‘natural law’ tradition and scientific modernity, humanism, the public domain and constitutional state. The question as to whether European culture has its essence in the public formation and expression of rationally guided goals or whether there is no such essence. Whether the EU is the political expression of a uniquely ‘European’ world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discuss whether you think there is something essentially ‘European’ about EUrope or not.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An interest in History is important, and a general interest in world affairs would be helpful. This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The sessions will run in a seminar format with short slide-based presentations and Q&A and discussion (small groups may be used if there are a large number of participants on the course). No work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None. Only note-making equipment of your own choice.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further information can be found on the City Lit website with information of upcoming courses in the Humanities Department for the 2018/19 academic year.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details