DN530 BA Humanities European Studies (HSS6)

The BA Humanities is an innovative, interdisciplinary four-year programme that combines multiple subjects to provide coherence and depth to student learning within nine carefully structured pathways. Taught by expert academics in the Arts and Humanities, the BA Humanities programme offers both intensive training in particular disciplines and unique skill sets that are developed by bringing together subjects that and relate closely to each other. Students will gain essential life and employment skills, including critical, analytical and creative thinking, and expert communications, while learning how to be adaptable and flexible in preparation for employment in a dynamic work environment.

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European Studies aims to inspire in-depth exploration of the rich and varied histories and cultures of Europe, equipping you with core transferable skills in research, analysis and communication.  In taking this four-year BA pathway, you will investigate the significance of Europe through its histories, languages, literature and cultures, with a focus on processes of change, including migration, war and integration. Proficiency in modern European languages is essential, and as such you will develop and hone your fluency either in: French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese. You will also spend either one semester or a full academic year at a partner European university immersing yourself in the country’s culture and language.  This pathway has been established to take advantage of the very substantial research strengths across the University in European Studies and is intended to offer an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary study.



To promote your own interdisciplinary journey, you will take survey and more specialised modules from across the College of Arts and indeed the University.  In your first two years, you will take an Approaches course intended to introduce you to different disciplinary methodologies and techniques.   You will take courses on offer in the Schools of History and in the Schools of Languages; the former will give you a grounding in European history from the middle ages to the present day; the latter will develop your skills in one modern language, but also allow you to explore texts and themes more deeply.  However, you will also be encouraged and expected to take advantage from the wide variety of course options on offer from music to politics, and classical studies to art history.  In your third year, you will participate in the Erasmus scheme for at least a semester and hopefully a full year at one of UCD’s partner universities.  In your fourth year, under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of the College, you will write a dissertation in the field of European Studies – using sources in English and at least one other European language.



 


1 - 1: Use skills of inquiry, research, critical thinking, and problem-solving to pursue and evaluate knowledge.
2 - Challenge assumptions and develop creative solutions to problems including through the independent pursuit of knowledge and making connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods.
3 - Demonstrate effective communication, digital expertise, collaboration and leadership skills to convert decisions and commitments into action
4 - Understand the ethical implications of ideas, communications, and actions including demonstrated awareness of the historical and cultural construction of knowledge systems and traditions
5 - Understand the relevance and contribution of the Humanities to contemporary society and cultural practice including an ability to articulate the links between past and present as well as the influence of the past on shaping community and societal structures and beliefs.
6 - Articulate advocacy of human, social and cultural values with a propensity towards and awareness of the value of life-long learning, an understanding of how to learn, including an appreciation of the complexity of ideas, of societies, cultures and language.

Our English graduates have found employment in: Business Consultancy, Diplomatic Service, European Commission, Journalism, Marketing, NGOs, Policy Analyst, Public Relations, Radio/TV Producer, 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. Graduates are also prepared for MPhil and PhD study. See www.ucd.ie graduatestudies


Stage 1

Stage 1: Students should take 55 credits plus 5 elective credits. In addition to 15 credits of core modules, students must also choose a 15 credit language block, plus 25 credits of options.
All students are strongly advised to balance their workload evenly across both trimesters. This means you should pick 30 credits in autumn (Trimester 1) and 30 credits in spring (Trimester 2)

Stage 2

Students should take 50 credits plus 10 elective credits. In addition to 10 credits of core modules, students must also choose 15 option credits in History, plus 20 option credits in Languages, plus a minimum of 5 credits of further option modules. When selecting Language credits, students should choose four modules, all of which must be selected from the SAME language block. Students can choose to take extra option modules as electives if they wish.


All students are strongly advised to balance their workload evenly across both trimesters. This means you should pick 30 credits in autumn (Trimester 1) and 30 credits in spring (Trimester 2)"

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
EUST10010 Approaches to European Studies Autumn

5

HIS10070 The Making of Modern Europe: 1500-2000 Autumn

5

HIS10080 Rome to Renaissance Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)4OF:
Pick 4 modules from the options list below.
All students are strongly advised to balance their workload evenly across both trimesters. This means you should pick 30 credits in autumn (Trimester 1) and 30 credits in spring (Trimester 2)
     
AH10070 Dublin: Its Museums and Collections Autumn

5

AH10120 The Art of the Renaissance: Reform and Rebirth Autumn

5

AH10130 The Art of the Ancient and Medieval World Autumn

5

CCIV10010 Introduction to Celtic Civilization Autumn

5

CCIV10040 Vikings in the Celtic World Autumn

5

GRC10170 Lost Cities of the Ancient World Autumn

5

GRC10190 War and the Hero: The Epics of Homer and Virgil Autumn

5

HIS10320 The Making of Modern Ireland, 1800-2000 Autumn

5

IRFL10010 Introduction to Folklore Autumn

5

IRST10010 Introduction to Irish Studies Autumn

5

IR10050 Irish for Beginners/Gaeilge do Thosaitheoirí Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

AH10140 The Baroque to Romanticism: European Art, 1600-1850 Spring

5

AH10150 The Modern World 1848-1914 Spring

5

CCIV10030 The British Celts Spring

5

GRC10180 The Age of Augustus Spring

5

GRC10200 Classical Greece Spring

5

HIS10310 Ireland's English Centuries Spring

5

IRST10020 Introduction to Irish Cultural Studies Spring

5

LING10010 Language Use and Communication Spring

5

MUS10120 Music, Culture and Society Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - A)4OF:
Pick 4 modules from the options list below.
All students are strongly advised to balance their workload evenly across both trimesters. This means you should pick 30 credits in autumn (Trimester 1) and 30 credits in spring (Trimester 2)
     
Stage 1 Options - B)1OF:
Students can choose one option module from the list below.
All students are strongly advised to balance their workload evenly across both trimesters. This means you should pick 30 credits in autumn (Trimester 1) and 30 credits in spring (Trimester 2)
     
INRL10010 Foundation of Political Theory & International Relations Autumn

5

POL10170 Foundations in Political Research Autumn

5

DSCY10050 War: Ancient and modern Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

DSCY10120 Contagion & Control Spring

5

LAW10440 Law in Europe Spring

5

PHIL10030 Introduction to Modern Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL10070 Ancient Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL10100 Existentialism and Humanism: An Introduction to Continental Philosophy Spring

5

POL10120 Foundations in Global Development Spring

5

POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - B)1OF:
Students can choose one option module from the list below.
All students are strongly advised to balance their workload evenly across both trimesters. This means you should pick 30 credits in autumn (Trimester 1) and 30 credits in spring (Trimester 2)
     
Stage 1 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Elective Substitution Options:
You may choose a module from the list below OR a General Elective from the Electives Page in the January registration period. NOTE: you do not have to pick a module from this list if you wish to take a General Elective.
     
GRC10190 War and the Hero: The Epics of Homer and Virgil Autumn

5

HIS10320 The Making of Modern Ireland, 1800-2000 Autumn

5

DSCY10050 War: Ancient and modern Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

IR10050 Irish for Beginners/Gaeilge do Thosaitheoirí Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

AH10140 The Baroque to Romanticism: European Art, 1600-1850 Spring

5

AH10150 The Modern World 1848-1914 Spring

5

CCIV10030 The British Celts Spring

5

DSCY10120 Contagion & Control Spring

5

GRC10180 The Age of Augustus Spring

5

IRST10020 Introduction to Irish Cultural Studies Spring

5

LAW10440 Law in Europe Spring

5

LING10010 Language Use and Communication Spring

5

PHIL10100 Existentialism and Humanism: An Introduction to Continental Philosophy Spring

5

POL10120 Foundations in Global Development Spring

5

POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Elective Substitution Options:
You may choose a module from the list below OR a General Elective from the Electives Page in the January registration period. NOTE: you do not have to pick a module from this list if you wish to take a General Elective.
     
Stage 1 Options - Subject / Streams
     
Spanish Beginners (Humanities 15 credit language block)

Spanish Non-Beginners (Humanities 15 credit language block)

French (Humanities 15 credit language block)

German Beginners (Humanities 15 credit language block)

German Non-Beginners (Humanities 15 credit language block)

Italian Beginners (Humanities 15 credit language block)

Italian Non-Beginners (Humanities 15 credit language block)

Stage 1 Options - Subject / Streams
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
EUST20010 Discourses of Freedom Autumn

5

HIS21140 History Today Autumn

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Students who took French in Stage 1 must take FR20020 and FR20040, plus a further two five credit options.
     
FR20020 French language II a: Grammaire et syntaxe françaises Autumn

5

FR20130 French New Wave Autumn

5

FR20140 Versailles: Power, Politics & Spectacle Autumn

5

FR20220 World War 2 in French Culture Autumn

5

FR20040 French Language II b: Expression française écrite et orale Spring

5

FR20160 The Realist Novel Spring

5

FR20180 La France d'aujourd'hui Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Students who took French in Stage 1 must take FR20020 and FR20040, plus a further two five credit options.
     
Stage 2 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students who took German Beginners in Stage 1 must take GER20240 and GER20250 plus a further two five credit option modules.
     
GER20230 Transcultural Encounters 1 Autumn

5

GER20240 German for Ex-Beginners A Autumn

5

GER20260 Radical Thinkers Autumn

5

GER20160 German-speaking Enlightenment Spring

5

GER20250 German for Ex-Beginners B Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students who took German Beginners in Stage 1 must take GER20240 and GER20250 plus a further two five credit option modules.
     
Stage 2 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students who took German Non-Beginners in stage 1 must select GER20060 and GER20070 plus a further two five credit option modules.
     
GER20060 German Language II a Autumn

5

GER20230 Transcultural Encounters 1 Autumn

5

GER20260 Radical Thinkers Autumn

5

GER20070 German Language II b Spring

5

GER20160 German-speaking Enlightenment Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students who took German Non-Beginners in stage 1 must select GER20060 and GER20070 plus a further two five credit option modules.
     
Stage 2 Options - E)MIN0OF:
Students who took Spanish Beginners in stage 1 must select SPAN20230 and SPAN20060 plus a further two five credit option modules.
     
SPAN20190 Spanish Poetry 1 Autumn

5

SPAN20230 Spanish ex ab-initio IIa Autumn

5

SPAN20260 Modern Spanish Theatre Autumn

5

SPAN20270 Hispanic Studies Level 2 Autumn

5

SPAN20060 Spanish Language II b Spring

5

SPAN20240 Latin American Culture I Spring

5

SPAN20250 Crime, Passion & Mystery in Latin American Noir Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - E)MIN0OF:
Students who took Spanish Beginners in stage 1 must select SPAN20230 and SPAN20060 plus a further two five credit option modules.
     
Stage 2 Options - F)MIN0OF:
Students who took Spanish Non-Beginners in stage 1 must select SPAN20080 and SPAN20060 plus a further two five credit option modules.
     
SPAN20080 Spanish Language II a Autumn

5

SPAN20190 Spanish Poetry 1 Autumn

5

SPAN20260 Modern Spanish Theatre Autumn

5

SPAN20270 Hispanic Studies Level 2 Autumn

5

SPAN20060 Spanish Language II b Spring

5

SPAN20240 Latin American Culture I Spring

5

SPAN20250 Crime, Passion & Mystery in Latin American Noir Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - F)MIN0OF:
Students who took Spanish Non-Beginners in stage 1 must select SPAN20080 and SPAN20060 plus a further two five credit option modules.
     
Stage 2 Options - H)MIN0OF:
These modules are for students who took either Italian Beginners or Non-Beginners at stage 1. Select all four modules.
     
ITAL20010 Italian Language II a Autumn

5

ITAL20160 Reading Italian Literature Autumn

5

ITAL20080 Italian Language II b Spring

5

ITAL20230 Italian cinema and society Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - H)MIN0OF:
These modules are for students who took either Italian Beginners or Non-Beginners at stage 1. Select all four modules.
     
Stage 2 Options - I)MIN3OF:
Students should select 3 of the following modules. Students can choose to take extra from this list in place of their elective module(s) if they wish.
     
HIS20460 Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages Autumn

5

HIS20950 European Statecraft, Strategy & Culture, c. 1470-c.1770: Personalities & Power Autumn

5

HIS20960 Living Loving & Dying in 19th Century Ireland Autumn

5

HIS21320 Sport and the modern world Autumn

5

HIS20820 Nazi Germany Spring

5

HIS21120 Northern Ireland, 1920-2010: from partition to Paisley Spring

5

HIS21240 Celts, Romans and Vikings: The Formation of Early Ireland Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - I)MIN3OF:
Students should select 3 of the following modules. Students can choose to take extra from this list in place of their elective module(s) if they wish.
     
Stage 2 Options - J)MIN1OF:
Students should select 1 of the following modules. Students can choose to take extra from this list in place of their elective module(s) if they wish.
     
AH20200 The Modern to the Contemporary Autumn

5

AH20270 Venice: Art, Myth and Identity Autumn

5

AH20280 Queer Art Histories Autumn

5

GEOG20170 Global Historical Geographies Autumn

5

GRC20220 Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians Autumn

5

INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics Autumn

5

IRFL20010 The Study of Folklore: Origins and Development Autumn

5

IRFL20030 The Narrative Art Autumn

5

MUS20400 Early European Music Autumn

5

PHIL20500 Phenomenology & Existentialism Autumn

5

AH20230 European Architecture Spring

5

AH20250 Early Islamic Art and Architecture Spring

5

ARCH20610 Historical Archaeology Spring

5

ARCH20620 People in Prehistory: key themes and problems Spring

5

CCIV20120 Law & Society in Early Ireland Spring

5

GRC20030 Early Roman Empire Spring

5

GRC20240 Piracy in World History Spring

5

GRC20270 The Athenian Empire Spring

5

IRFL20100 Oral history and tradition Spring

5

MUS20410 Music History Since 1750 Spring

5

PHIL20580 Plato's Republic Spring

5

SOC20420 European Societies Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - J)MIN1OF:
Students should select 1 of the following modules. Students can choose to take extra from this list in place of their elective module(s) if they wish.
     
Stage 2 Options - K)MIN0OF:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You can take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
HUM20030 Career Readiness (Humanities) Spring

5


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