BA European Studies


Program Description

BA European Studies

Course structure

Year 1 (Preliminary Year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for Year 2 entry

The first year comprises a special programme of English for Academic Purposes designed by highly experienced staff from the acclaimed Centre for English Language Learning (CELE) at the University of Nottingham. This is carefully integrated with the study programmes offered by each academic school so as to prepare students fully for years 2-4 of the degree.

Year 2 (Qualifying Year)

In this first year of specialist study, you can choose from modules covering the historical, social and cultural foundations of modern Europe. These modules are structured around the student-centered learning approach with extensive reading as you practice the study skills you will need for more independent research later in your degree. You will also embark on your language training, which is designed to foster the multi-lingual communication skills needed to be successful in the international arena today.

Year 3 (Part I)

In this year, you consolidate what you have learned so far by applying the knowledge you have acquired so far with the more in-depth study on how European societies have interacted with other regions including America and Asia. You will also continue your language training at a second higher level.

Year 4 (Part II)

Besides a taught module the focus of your study in this final year is an individual dissertation project. This is on a topic of your own choice and consists of guided research spread over the whole academic year. You will also complete your language training with a third more advanced level.


Year 2 Semester 1

Code Title Credits

  • AS1012 Understanding the West (compulsory) 20
  • N/A Language 1a(German; French; Spanish) (compulsory) 20
  • AS1006 Introduction to Comparative Politics (optional) 20
  • AS1004 Issues in Global Relations (optional) 20
  • AS1005 Origins of Capitalism (optional) 20
  • CS1901 Media and Society (optional) 20
  • P11612 Work and Society (optional) 10

Year 2 Semester 2

Code Title Credits

  • AS1019 Introduction to European Politics (compulsory) 20
  • N/A Language 1b(German; French; Spanish) (compulsory) 20
  • AS1015 The Making of Modern Europe 1789-1945 (compulsory) 20
  • AS1002 Introduction to International Relations (compulsory) 20
  • AS1014 The Roots of Globalisation (optional) 20
  • P11613 Organisational Behaviour (optional) 10

Year 3 Semester 1

Code Title Credits

  • AS2001 The Making of Contemporary Europe 1945-2000 (compulsory) 20
  • N/A Language 2a(German; French; Spanish) (compulsory) 20
  • AS2004 International Political Economy (optional) 20
  • AS2016 Welfare States (optional) 20
  • AS2029 Politics and History of the Middle East (optional) 20
  • AS2025 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues (optional) 20
  • P12407 Marketing Strategy (optional) 10
  • CS2942 Global Media & Communication (optional) 10

Year 3 Semester 2

Code Title Credits

  • AS2031 Global Shift: Power, Order, Change (compulsory) 20
  • N/A Language 2b (German; French; Spanish) (compulsory) 20
  • AS2002 International Organisations (optional) 20
  • AS2008 Politics of Development (optional) 20
  • AS2014 Women and Politics (optional) 20
  • AS2011 China, Russia, and the US (optional) 20
  • CS2932 Political Communication (optional) 10
  • CS2922 Public Relations and Propaganda (optional) 10
  • P12814 Introduction to Business Operations (optional) 10
  • P12415 Managing the Marketing Mix (optional) 10

Year 4 Semester 1

Code Title Credits AS3018 The Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia (compulsory) 20

  • N/A Language 3a (German; French; Spanish) (compulsory)
  • AS3002 Dissertation I: Preliminary Analysis (Part I) (optional) 20
  • AS3001 China and the World (optional) 20
  • AS3021 Global Environmental Governance (optional) 20
  • AS3028 Research Methods in History and Politics (optional) 20
  • AS3026 US Foreign Policy (optional) 20
  • P13608 China and the World Trade Organisation (optional) 10
  • P13KL8 International Business Environment I (optional) 10
  • P13701 Consumer Behaviour (optional) 10
  • P13449 Marketing Service (optional) 10
  • P13410 Strategic Management I (optional) 10
  • N/A Language (German 3a; French 3a ; Japanese 3a; Spanish 3a; Mandarin) (optional) 20

Year 4 Semester 2

Code Title Credits

  • AS3003 Dissertation II: Final Presentation (Part II) (If AS3002 is selected in semester 1, this is compulsory) 40
  • AS3027 Regionalism in Europe and Asia (If AS3002 is not selected, this is compulsory) 20
  • N/A Language 3b (German; French; Spanish) (compulsory) 20
  • AS3007 Diplomacy: Past, Present (optional) 20
  • AS3008 The Rise and Falls of British Empire (optional) 20
  • AS3012 China in International Relations (optional) 20
  • P13418 Strategic Management II (optional) 10
  • P13KL9 International Business Environment II (optional) 10
  • P13501 Marketing and Society (optional) 10
Last updated Feb 2018

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