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Cultures and Identities in Europe

What does it mean to be European? Discover European cultures, identities and policies with this course.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Cultures and Identities in Europe

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Get a greater understanding of Europe and its people

What is European identity? What do we understand and promote as European culture? On this course you will answer these questions and others as you critically consider the formation of diverse identities and cultures in Europe.

You will explore fundamental European policies on culture, creativity and the media, and shed light on the importance of memories and shared heritage. You will also look at the policy behind European cultural and media industries and question current approaches to cultural creativity that rely heavily on economics.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsWhat is European culture today, and which are the elements that compose this unique mixture? Elements from Europe's past-- wars and conflicts, scientific achievements and inventions, philosophies and political theories, religions and ideologies, traditional cultural expressions-- are surely fundamental. But other elements also enrich the mixture-- lesser-known languages, local customs, minority cultures, migrant communities' traditions, and new forms of art. Institutions and policies intervene in this process and contribute to the shaping of contemporary European culture.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsThis MOOC will provide you with the necessary tools to understand what is nowadays a European culture and a European identity and how they relate to the many that exist at national and local levels in Europe. You will learn how institutions and policies shape European culture, as well as how the cultural heritage of Europe can be mobilised to generate new forms of art to produce cultural goods and to set up new industries.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 secondsDon't miss this opportunity. Join us in this revealing journey from the past through the present and to the future of Europe.

What topics will you cover?

European identities

  • What is Europe?
  • Diversity in Europe

European memory and heritage

  • European memories
  • Constructing European heritage

European creativity

  • Cultural industries in Europe
  • Urban creativity
  • Cultural creativity and European Futures

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Engage with current debates on what is 'European identity', what is 'European culture', and what it means to talk of them in the singular or the plural (cultures, identities).
  • Explain the relationship between notions of identity, memory, heritage, and culture.
  • Interpret main approaches to cultural heritage and the public use of history.
  • Identify European policies in the media and cultural sector.
  • Discuss critical approaches to cultural industries

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in European culture, but will be of particular interest to those working in the arts, culture and heritage.

Who will you learn with?

Jeremie Molho

Jeremie Molho is Research Associate at the European University Institute.

Anna Triandafyllidou

Anna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she directs the Cultural Pluralism Area in the Global Governance Programme.

Who developed the course?

The European University Institute offers doctoral and post-doctoral training in the social sciences. It hosts the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Historical Archives of the EU.

One of the flagship programmes at the European University institute (EUI), launched in 2010 in response to a growing need for global governance in an ever more interconnected and multipolar world.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

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Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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