European Studies

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

European Studies is an exciting and challenging new UCD BA Humanities course for 2021, taught by some of Ireland’s leading academics. Transnational and interdisciplinary in perspective, the course is designed to inspire in-depth exploration of the rich and varied cultures and histories of Europe. This course will equip students with valued skills in research, communication and language.

What Will I Study

European Studies examines the significance of Europe through history, languages, literatures and cultures, focusing on processes of change, including migration, war and integration. Students study one language: French, German, Italian or Spanish, and will develop their language skills and spend at least one trimester at a partner European university in their third year.

First Year

Modules include:

  • Approaches to European Studies
  • Modern Europe
  • Rome to Renaissance: Medieval Europe
  • German History on Screen
  • Renaissance Italy
  • French Fictions
  • Language modules

Second Year

Modules include:

  • Discourses of Freedom
  • Islam & Christianity
  • Early Modern Europe
  • The Cinema of Almodovar
  • The Enlightenment: An Introduction
  • Post-War: Europe since 1945
  • Radical Thinkers
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language modules

Third and Fourth Year

In your third year, you will study abroad for a trimester or year to develop your language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture. If you study abroad for a trimester, you then have a range of options that will enable you to broaden your horizons and enrich your academic experience:

  • Apply for a competitive internship in an area that interests you and relates to your area of study
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a dedicated range of European Studies modules. Modules include: Transcultural Encounters, Weaponizing the Word: Media & Conflict in Pre-Industrial Europe, Italian Women Writers, Venice in the European Imagination, Versailles: Power, Politics & Spectacle, The First World War, Genocide & Mass Violence, Language modules

Your fourth year will be spent at UCD, where you will complete a dissertation on an independently developed topic and continue studying modules in history and your chosen language. International Study Opportunities: Students will spend part of their third year abroad with opportunities available in universities across Europe.

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International Study Opportunities

Students will spend part of their third year abroad with opportunities available in universities across Europe.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Our English graduates have found employment in: Diplomatic Service, NGOs, Business Consultancy, Policy Analyst, European Commission, International Agencies including UN, IMF, Human Rights Organisations, Think Tanks, Speech-Writing, Broadcasting and Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, the Arts, Research and Education, Translating and Interpreting.

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of taught MA Programmes in the fields of Arts and Humanities, such as: MA in European History, MA in Modern Languages, MA in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, MA in Public History, MA in International War Studies, MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management. In turn, these degrees prepare graduates for PhD study. See graduatestudies

Other Entry Routes

“This broad and interesting course has allowed me to combine German with European history, giving me a comprehensive education of Europe. There is a very wide range of modules to choose from and you really have the opportunity to shape your degree around your interests. In first year I studied both ancient historical periods such as the Viking Age and Classical Greece as well as more recent periods such as World War One and the Cold War. I have also been able to broaden my degree by taking modules in political science and linguistics. As I am particularly interested in German I had the chance to study things such as German literature and history on screen which has greatly complimented my learning of the language.”

Tadhg O’Muircheartaigh, Student

Contact Information

UCD School of History

Tel. 01 716 8375

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