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Undergraduate Course: Dreams and nightmares: the culture and politics of postwar Europe, 1945-1975 (HIST10385)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is intended as an in-depth analysis of the 'postwar moment' in Europe, from the dying embers of the Second World War to the global economic transformation of the 1970s. The aim will be to examine the ways in which Europeans came to terms with the traumas of war and sought to rebuild a shattered continent. Students will explore the period through close-grained historical reading in seminars and a series of source workshops, in which they will discuss literary, film, artistic and documentary sources.
Course description The main focus will be on four countries - France, Germany, Italy and Czechoslovakia - and the range of primary sources will be deliberately eclectic. In addition to oral sources and other archival documents, students can expect to read texts by writers such as Milan Kundera, Wolfgang Koeppen, Frantz Fanon, Simone de Beauvoir, Milan Kundera, Herbet Marcuse, Primo Levi and Albert Camus, and watch films by directors such as Gillo Pontecorvo and Federico Fellini. The secondary reading will be equally varied and students will be encouraged to work with historical, sociological, literary and anthropological writings. These should allow students to think imaginatively about the origins and meaning of social change in twentieth-century Europe.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Additional Costs Students can access all the source material in the library. However, they may wish to purchase the key primary texts, available cheaply online.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 348 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester 1: 1 x 3,000-word essay on one or more of the prescribed sources, which will be due in week 9, with questions given around 10 days before submission (15%); 1 x 3,000 word essay on broader historiographical questions, which will be due during the December exam diet period, with questions given in week 10 (20%)

Semester 2: 1 x 3,000-word essay on one or more prescribed sources, which will be due in week 9, with questions given around 10 days before submission (20%); 1 x 3,000 word research essay, for which the students will have to devise their own question and/or topic (25%) 2 x assessed presentations (10%). Students will do two presentations during the course - one on historiography and one on source material. The best of the two presentation marks will go towards the final grade.

1 x class and workshop participation (10%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, through both essays and their assessed presentation, a coherent grasp of key political, economic, social, cultural developments in postwar Europe from 1945 to 1975
  2. demonstrate, through both essays and their assessed presentation, a better understanding of major themes in postwar European cultural and intellectual life
  3. demonstrate, through both essays and their assessed presentation, a familiarity with the key historiographical innovations in the study of postwar Europe; this will include knowledge and engagement with secondary literature from sociology, literature, political science and anthropology
  4. demonstrate, through both essays and their assessed presentation, a capacity to engage with written and audiovisual primary sources (where appropriate in foreign languages)
  5. demonstrate, through both essays and their assessed presentation, a capacity to critically analyse the work of others; a capacity to engage critically with the relevant textual and non-textual primary and secondary sources; an ability to gather and organise relevant material for presenting their findings; and an ability to work under established deadlines
Reading List
These introductory texts can be used to get a sense of the major course themes.

Eric Hobsbawm, Age of Extremes, 1914-1991 (1994)
Mark Mazower, Dark Continent, Europe's Twentieth Century (1998)
Tony Judt, Postwar. A History of Europe since 1945 (2005)
David Reynolds, From World War to Cold War (2006)
Richard Vinen, A History in Fragments:. Europe in the Twentieth Century (2000)
Alexis Korner 'Culture' in M. Fulbrook (ed.), Europe since 1945 (2001)
Tim Buchanan, Europe's Troubled Peace (1945-2000) (2005)
Geoff Eley, Forging Democracy. The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000 (2002)
Dominik Geppert (ed.), The Postwar Challenge. Cultural, Social, and Political Change in
Western Europe, 1945-58 (2003)
David Crowley and Jane Pavitt (eds.), Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970 (2008)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminar: 1 x 2-hour session every other week, plus 1 introductory and 1 concluding seminar (24 hours)

Source workshop: 1 x 2-hour session every other week (20 hours)
KeywordsDreams & nightmares
Course organiserDr Emile Chabal
Tel: (0131 6)50 4302
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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