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European Culture and Politics

Learn about the link between identity, culture and politics in the construction of contemporary Europe.

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 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)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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European Culture and Politics

This free online course explains Europe as a cultural and political product.

We revisit perceived truths about the meaning of European identity. We examine how cultural knowledge and facts were constructed to further post-World War II integration. We will help you understand and identify the complexities of the contemporary crises of European integration and support you in developing novel responses to these crises.

We cover such topics as European culture, religion, modernity, the nation-state, democracy and the Other.

The course has been developed by the Euroculture programme, a multi-university master’s and research programme on European culture and politics.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsOnce upon a time there was a beautiful princess who played on the beach with her friends.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsOne day the princess was gathering wild flowers in a seaside meadow when she came upon a beautiful, elegant bull. She fell in love with the bull and followed him to the island of Crete. This princess was called Europa, and the bull was Zeus. It is her name that was given to the continent we now call Europe.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsWait, really? Europe was a princess falling in love with a god bull? What does this have anything to do with what we read in the news, about Europe constructing self-driving vehicles or regulating model phone charges, about disintegration and the economic crises? In primary school, we learned that Europe stands for a geographical territory. However, maps can deceive. A country can become European if it plays its cards right. People and entire nations can be classified as old, new, true, difficult, or even easy-going Europeans. There's even something called the European way of doing things. Europe is more than a continent. It means civilisation, political integration, and a way of life. This online course is about European culture and politics.

Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsA multidisciplinary team of educators from four different universities will help you see how Europe is reconstructed and negotiated. You will learn to define Europe in its full complexity, and you will learn how the problems contemporary Europe is facing have been made. Together we'll think how to solve them. Join us.

What topics will you cover?

  • Europe and European Culture
  • Europe and Religion
  • Europe and Modernity
  • Europe and Democracy
  • Europe and the Nation-State
  • Europe as/and the Other

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe how European political integration is embedded in broader cultural modalities including memory, language, heritage, national symbols, etc.
  • Identify main transdisciplinary debates on Europe and European cultural identity with the intention of proposing solutions to issues such as the future of European integration, democracy in a heterogeneous community, etc.
  • Identify solutions to problems of contemporary European integration including growing citizen alienation, lack of solidarity, individualization, and passivity through grassroots activities and rethinking of the citizen/community relationship.
  • Identify solutions to problems of contemporary European integration including the financial crisis, rising nationalism, democratic deficit, migration, and insecurity by way of reforming/rethinking the existing European institutional structure.
  • Debate sensitive topics in a culturally and academically diverse environment.
  • Engage with other learners in a culturally and academically diverse environment.
  • Contribute ethically, receptively and responsibly in a virtual environment.
  • Develop experience in virtual learning.
  • Develop experience in virtual communication.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for learners with a personal and/or professional interest in Europe, politics and culture. Those with some pre-knowledge of European history, culture and politics will find this course to be interesting and enriching. Those who studied Europe from either a political or cultural point of view will find much in this course that complements their previous studies. It is ideal for humanities and social sciences students and graduates, policy makers and those working in non-government organisations (NGOs).

Who will you learn with?

Senka Neuman

Lecturer and researcher in European Studies at the University of Groningen.

Who developed the course?

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

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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 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)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $59 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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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.

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
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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