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What is European culture?

Diversity is a core characteristic of the European identity, and represents both an asset and a challenge.

This video discusses a second key concept of the course: culture. It introduces four dimensions: identity, economic, institutional and power. It then moves on to discuss what is European culture.

We first look at values such as freedom of expression or democracy. Then we focus on an essential element, which we will emphasize throughout the course: diversity. European diversity comes from the different layers of the continent’s history.

The notion of diversity also raises challenges:

  • Facing the history of racialist thoughts and colonialism that is part of the European past.
  • Addressing logics of exclusion that affect minorities in Europe today.
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Cultures and Identities in Europe

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