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ES 130 Modern Europe

6 credits

The course is designed to give first-year students an introduction to Europeas well as to the European Union. While the first half of the course is devoted to the intellectual history of Europe, the second half provides a survey of the history of the EU and European institutions. Students learn to critically discuss the cultural and political identities of Europe.

ES 101.1 European History - 6cr

What is European history? One can approach the European history as merely event history focusing more on chronology, change, continuity, causation and sense of historical periods. Another perspective is to focus more on the concept of history associated with the study of the European history as a history of the European mythos. This course seeks to apply both perspectives and focus on the major historical events that had a formative impact on the European continent as well as on the intellectual history of the European idea.

 ES 203.1 European Integration and External Relations - 6cr

Covering around ten million square kilometres, Europe is the second smallest of the world’s seven continents. On the other hand it is number three in terms of population over seven hundred fifty million people. But Europe, like most continents, it is not just a place, a geographical container for those European states. It is also an idea and identity. Throughout European history Europe has been witness much more by divisions, tensions and conflicts rather than it has by any common purpose or harmony of spirit. After the Second World War the relations between the states of the Western Europe have been started to transform peacefully. As a result of these, Europe is no creation. It is a rediscovery.

The objective of this course is to provide students with a general understanding of the European Integration and External Relations.

ES 236 New Mass Media - 3cr

This course is designed to explain to students how social media are becoming more important every year and to everyone. Students will familiarize themselves with major new media trends and their role in media. Students will e taught how they can gather a wide scope of information from resources that were inaccessinle in the days before social media: this includes finding important people on Facebook, interviewing experts via Skype and crowdsourcing through Twitter.

ES 200.1 European Literature - 6cr

The course focuses on themes and topics central to European literature. The first half of the course treats a literary myth (e.g. Antigone, Faust) under such aspects as common features and national variants. The second half focuses on the literary treatment of a central European experience (e.g. war, class structure). Students arrive at a critical appreciation of the interaction between a common European heritage and national experience.

ES 301.1 Multicltural Societies: Migration, Religious and Social Conflics - 6cr

The objective of the course is to present theoretical and practical framework of multiculturalism. The course will also analyse major political and legal instruments. It will be examined both at the national level in Europe and at the supranational EU level. As a result of these, this course is divided in three basic sections focusing on different perspectives of multiculturalism. Firstly, it begins with the theoretical framework which attempts to conceptualize multiculturalism. Second part of the course is devoted to the methodological approaches such as migration trends, religious confrontation in Europe (Muslims and Jewish), social conflicts and roma community. And finally country case studies from Europe and America will be examined.

ES 302.1 History of European Culture

European Studies department like a member of the European Culture program (2007-2013) will contribute to raise awareness of the Culture program and its activities in various ways.

The EU’s Culture program has three objectives and three strands

Three objectives…

The Culture programme aims to achieve three main objectives: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.

…and three strands

For the achievement of these objectives, the programme supports three strands of activities: cultural actions; European-level cultural bodies; and analysis and dissemination activities. “ < >

In total, we will focus our efforts on supporting the collection and dissemination of information;

The second focus is on providing support for analyses in the field of cultural co-operation;

The third is by supporting cultural contact points in all participating countries.

Like a result of this course’s participation we will organize a student conference and publish the best student’s essay/articles.

This strand supports analysis and dissemination activities, which help to raise awareness of the Culture program and its activities in various ways.

ES 321.1 Research Methods

The purpose of this course is to provide initial and basic instruction on how to make a scientific research in the student’s area of interests.

   This course aims to help students improve their skills in scientific thinking from two different perspectives: Consumer of Research and Producer of Research. As a consumer of research, this course is to develop students capacity for critically evaluating ‘’scientific knowledge’’ by academic journals, mass media, and other reports. Moreover, as a producer of research, this course is to sharpen student’s ability to produce original research. These include skills in designing, and conducting research studies in European and American studies, collecting and analyzing data, drawing appropriate conclusion based on statistic results, and writing up scientific reports. As a result of these, this course will be vital for senior thesis.

   By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Formulate a scientific research questions and design.
  • Collect the academic data using a variety of methods.
  • Analyze both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Critically evaluate the research.

ES 237 Identity, Nation State, Europeanization

During this course, students substantially improve their knowledge in the field and learn about basics of the academic discourse on identity as a concept, distinguished types of identitites, factors influencing their formation; relevant historical data related to the development of the common identity within the EU; Europen values as the core of the common European identity; different connotations of Europeanization; differences between Europeanization, westernizationa dn globalization; the concept of nation state and nationalism in Europe.

ES 407 European Union Law and Human Rights

European Union Law and Human Right is an advanced level required course. The course will be divided into three main sections. In the first section, students will be exposed to composition, function, and powers of the European Union’s legislative and executive branches. In the second section of the course, we will study free movement of goods as one of the fundamental freedoms and key elements of the European Integration. The third section of the course will specifically cover Council of Europe and European Human Rights Law, exploring the legal process and substantive law pursuant to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe. The course introduces students to legal system and institutions of the European Union, its interaction with Member States’ law and policy. During this course we will specifically address basic principles and rules of the European Community with the focus on decision-making, supremacy, and human rights.

ES 408 Social Europe

By the end of the course students can be able to demonstrate knowledge and deeper understanding of theories relevant to social work and social policy; reflect critically on the use of theoriesin a social policy and social work setting and apply these theories in European context; apply actively the professional (academic, policy-making and social work) skills in analysing and acting on theories of social work and social policy; demonstrate insight of various actors within the field and demonstrate an awareness of the ethical implications of academic analyses, policy implementation and social work intervention.

 German/French/Spanish for Beginners - 6cr

The objectives of the courses are to develop skills in reading and pronunciation, basics using modern textbooks, audio and video materials. The class lays the foundation of grammar and introduce the vocabulary for everyday communication.  the course is to improve skills in reading and speaking and to develop students’ grammar skills on the basic of main morphological and syntactical structures in communicative situations.

 German/French/Spanish for Intermediates - 6cr

The objectives of the courses are to improve speaking and listening comprehension skills by using authentic conversational material. The students will learn more about the culture of Germanyas well. The course deals with grammatical and lexical issues of the German language. At this stage students can freely communicate on various topics. They analyze various texts aboutGermanyand compose essays.

 German/French/Spanish Advanced - 6 cr

The purpose of these courses are to improve already acquired competences and to go farther to understanding and communication in French/German/Spanish to use it throughout your studies to the university and in future.
On the side of the lexicon students enrich the vocabulary of about 1000 new words. On the side of grammar students learn new grammatical forms to express more clear  ideas, thoughts, feelings, feelings and desires. Students continue making to manage in situations of communication in which you will be able to be indeed. Students learn to communicate in writing in personal and professional context, in writing stories, news items, trials, articles of about 150 words to recall events, to express your wishes, to give your opinions and evaluations, to introduce plans, etc. In the course of the semester students study following topics: relations, working world, trips, media, the world belongs to us.



  • ES 322.1, European and Asian Values Compared (frn,ger,spa)
  • ES 316, Intercultural Communication (frn, ger,spa)
  • ES 332, History of European Region (frn, ger, spa)
  • ES 404, Regional European Literature (frn, ger, spa)
  • ES 335 Ecological Tourism (frn, ger,spa)
  • ES 347 European Cultural Heritage
  • ES 214.1, Extremism and Democracy in Europe
  • ES 102.1, European Governmental System
  • ES 223.1, Introduction to European Security


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