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European Studies Major Program Information

Required Core Course I

EUR 200Y1
Europe from Nation State to Supranational State, 1789-Present

Survey of European history from the French Revolution to the enlargement of the European Union in the twenty-first century, covering the broad ideological, political, and cultural developments in Western and Eastern Europe in this period and factors contributing to stability and instability. Addresses the following key questions: What is Europe? Can we speak of a European identity? If so, what is this identity based on?

Required Core Course II

Politics in Western Europe 52L

An introduction to comparative politics with a focus on Western Europe: types of democracy, changing economic and social governance, organized interests in Europe, party landscape, social movements. Special attention to Germany, Britain, France, Italy, and the European Union.

Prerequisite: EUR200Y /a course in POL

Recommended preparation: General history of Europe


Enlarging Europe: The European Union and Its Applicants 48L

The course provides an overview of the salient issues in the past enlargement rounds, furnishing the context for the study of current and future integration efforts. Readings will cover the current round of enlargement to the Central and East European countries, efforts related to South-Eastern Europe, as well as Turkey. Issues between the EU and Ukraine and Russia will also be studied, as will the relationship between the Union and its Southern Rim. Security issues related to NATO integration and operations will also be covered.

Prerequisite: EUR200Y/POL103Y/108Y


Language Requirement

A three-year (3 full credit) sequence of courses in one of the following languages:

Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Ukrainian. Refer to Program Handbook for eligible language courses.


Additional Requirements

Two full credits chosen from a list of eligible electives. Note that not all courses are offered every year; note also that course numbers, course descriptions, and credits are subject to change from year to year.


The following courses are eligible to be counted toward the major program in European Studies:

(*denotes that there is a prerequisite, corequisite, or exclusion—check with sponsoring department for details)

Anthropology (ANT)

ANT446Y1: Social Anthropology of Western Europe*       

Economics (ECO)

ECO230Y1: International Economic Institutions and Policy*
ECO301Y1: European Economic History, 1250-1750*
ECO303Y1: The Economic History of Modern Europe to 1914*
ECO342Y1: Twentieth-Century Economic History*

English (ENG)

ENG329H1: Contemporary British Fiction*
ENG340H1: Modern Drama to WWII*
ENG341H1: Modern Drama since WWII*

Estonian (EST)

EST400Y1: Estonian Literature from 1700*

Finnish (FIN)

FIN230H1: Finnish Culture 1800 to Present
FIN235H1: Finnish Literature 1800 to Present
FIN240H1: Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature
FIN250H1: Finnish Cinema
FIN260H1: Scandinavian Cinema
FIN340H1: Finnish-Swedish Literature and Culture
FIN350H1: Finnish Short Story
FIN415H1: Finnish Literature in the 20th Century

French Cultural Studies (FCS)

FCS195H1: French Culture from Napoléon to Astérix*
FCS297H1: Comic Books and French Culture
FCS310Y1: French Cinema*
FCS331H1: Cinema and Literature in France*
FCS395H1: Sensuality and the French

French (FRE)

FRE320H1: French Literature of Classicism and Enlightenment*
FRE324H1: French Literature in the Time of Revolutions and Industrialization*
FRE326H1: Contemporary French Literature*

Geography (GGR)

GGR339H1: Urban Geography, Planning and Political Processes*
GGR344H1: Changing Geography of Russia and Ukraine
GGR361H1: Understanding the Urban Landscape

German (GER)

GER150H1: Introduction to German Culture
GER205H1: German Literature*
GER220H1: German Literature in Translation
GER261H1: History of Yiddish Cinema
GER321H1: 19th-Century German Literature*
GER322H1: Kafka in Context*
GER323H1: Weimar Culture and Beyond*
GER326H1: Writing Memory: Post-1945*
GER336H1: Focus on Berlin*
GER350H1: German Visual Cultures*
GER362H1: Jewish Culture in the Soviet Union
GER410H1: Topics in German Intellectual History*
GER421H1: Gender and Identity
GER425H1: Dreams--Desires--Delusions*

History (HIS)

HIS208Y1: History of the Jewish People
HIS245Y1: Women in European History
HIS251Y1: History of East Central Europe
HIS302H1: Material Culture in Victorian Britain
JHP304Y1: Ukraine: Politics, Economy, and Society
HIS309H1: The European Reformations*
HIS317H1: Modern Germany 1914 to the Present*
HIS325H1: Eighteenth-Century Imperial Russia*
HIS330H1: Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War
HIS331H1: Modern Baltic History*
HIS334Y1: East Central Europe and the Great Powers in the "Short 20th Century," 1914-1991*
HIS335H1: Soviet Cultural History*
HIS337H1: Culture, Politics, and Society in 18th-Century Britain
HIS338H1: The Holocaust, to 1942
HIS339Y1: English History in the 19th Century
HIS344Y1: Conflict and Cooperation in the International System since 1945
HIS349H1: The British Search for Identity: 1800 to the Present
HIS351Y1: History of Twentieth-Century Russia
HIS353Y1: Poland: A Crossroads of Europe*
HIS354Y1: Men, Gender and Power in Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
HIS355H1: Crime and Society in England since 1800*
HIS361H1: The Holocaust, from 1942*
HIS371H1: 19th Century Imperial Russia*
HIS388H1: France since 1848*
HIS389H1: Topics in History -- From Revolution to Revolution: Hungary from 1848 to the Present
HIS401Y1: History of the Cold War*
HIS407H1: Imperial Germany, 1871-1918*
HIS415H1: Nationalism and Memory in Modern Europe*
HIS416H1: Orientalism and Nationalism in Nineteenth-century Germany*
HIS418H1: Women and Gender in Russian History*
HIS421Y1: Soviet History Seminar*
HIS422H1: Vichy France 1940 to 1944
HIS431H1: Gender and Holocaust
HIS433H1: Polish Jews since the Partition of Poland*
JHP435Y1: Linguistic and Cultural Minorities in Europe*
HIS439H1: Russia's Empire*
HIS442H1: European Women in the Twentieth Century*
HIS445H1: Nationalism*
HIS449Y1: Ukrainian National Revival
HIS451H1: World War II in East Central Europe*
HIS453H1: Problems of National Survival in Eastern Europe since 1848*
JHP454Y1: Twentieth-Century Ukraine*
HIS455H1: In the Soviet Archives: Text and History*
HIS458Y1: Topics in Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy*
HIS459H1: Soviet History in Film: 1921 to 1946*
HIS460H1: Soviet History in Film: 1941 to 1991*
HIS461H1: Poland in the Twentieth Century*
HIS477H1: Topics in the Social and Cultural History of Victorian Britain
HIS488H1: The Secret War 1939 to 1945*
HIS490H1: Everyday Stalinism*

Hungarian (HUN)

HUN345H1: The Dynamic of Hungarian Culture, Ethnography, and Folklore
HUN355H1: 100 Years of Dramatic Change: History of the Past Century and Reflections of Society in Hungarian Culture
HUN356H1: Hungary 1956-2006: The Past 50 Years

Innis College Courses (INI)

INI381H1: Aspects of National Cinema*
INI382H1: European Cinemas, European Societies

Italian (ITA)

ITA210Y1: Contemporary Italy
ITA240Y1: Italian Cinema
ITA245Y1: Italian Culture and Civilization*
ITA300H1: History of Italian Literature: Middle Ages and Renaissance*
ITA301H1: History of Italian Literature: Baroque to Contemporary*
ITA310H1: The Journey in the 19th Century*
ITA326H1: Themes and Forms of the Lyric Tradition from Late renaissance to 20th Century*
ITA340H1: Italian Neo-realist Cinema I
ITA341H1: Italian Neo-realist Cinema II*
ITA346H1: Monsters and Marvels in Italian Modernist Literature*
ITA347H1: Studies in Italian Cinema
ITA381H1: Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature*
ITA405H1: 19th Century Italian Poetry*
ITA410H1: Masterpieces of Modern Drama*
ITA415H1: Drama in Performance
ITA421H1: Spinning a Tale: The Italian Short Story after 1800*
ITA441H1: Italian Novel into Film: Aspects of Cinematic Adaptation
ITA455H1: Women Writers in Italy*
ITA491H1: Topics in Contemporary Fiction*
ITA492H1: What is a Poet? The Roles and Functions of Poetry in 20th Centrury Literature*

Philosophy (PHL)

PHL210Y1: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
PHL217H1: Introduction to Continental Philosophy
PHL265H1: Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHL310H1: The Rationalists*
PHL311H1: The Empiricists*
PHL314H1: Kant* (formerly PHL312H1)
PHL315H1: Topics in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy*
PHL316H1: Hegel*
PHL317H1: Marx and Marxism*
PHL320H1: Phenomenology*
PHL321H1: Heidegger*
PHL322H1: Contemporary Continental Philosophy*
PHL326H1: Wittgenstein*
PHL338H1: Jewish Philosophy
JPP343Y1: Women in Western Political Thought*
PHL365H1: Political Philosophy*
PHL388H1: Literature and Philosophy

Political Science (POL)

POL200Y1: Political Theory: Visions of the Just/Good Society
POL207Y1: Politics in Europe*
JHP304Y1: Ukraine: Politics, Economy and Society*
POL317Y1: Comparative Public Policy*
POL320Y1: Modern Political Thought*
POL321H1: Ethnic Politics in Comparative Perspective*
POL324Y1: European Politics in a Global World * (if not taken as core requirement)
POL332Y1: Courts, Laws and Politics in Comparative Perspective
JPP343Y1: Women in Western Political Thought*
POL344H1: Social Movements in Europe and North America
POL354H1: Politics and Society in Russia*
POL359Y1: Enlarging Europe: the European Union and its Applicants*
POL366Y1: The New Europe: Culture, Politics, and Society in Central Europe*
POL368Y1: Returning to Europe: Bringing South East Europe into the European Union
POL372H1: Political Economy of Germany and the EU
POL405Y1: Marxism*
POL414H1: Politics of Independent Ukraine*
POL415H1: Political Economy of Transition: Ukraine and the CIS*
POL422H1: Ethnonationalism and State-Building: The Communist and Post-communist Experience*
JHP435Y1: Linguistic and Cultural Minorities in Europe*
POL437H1: Government, Law and Politics in Russia*
JPD439Y1: Post-Modern and Contemporary Thought*
POL440Y1: The Politics of Transition in Eastern Europe*
POL452Y1: Multilevel Politics: The European Union in Comparative Perspective*
POL453Y1: The Politics of Post-Communism*
JHP454Y1: Twentieth-Century Ukraine*

Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLA)

SLA202H1: Jewish Communities in Slavic Countries
SLA215H1: Czech and Slovak Cultures*
SLA216Y1: The Dynamics of Polish Literature and Culture: A Survey
SLA217H1: Cultural History of the South Slavs
SLA218Y1: Ukrainian Literature and Culture
SLA222H1: Roma (Gypsies) and Slavs
SLA225H1: The Czech and Slovak Cinema
SLA226H1: Postwar Polish Cinema
SLA228H1: Twentieth-century Ukrainian Fiction in Translation
SLA234H1: Russian and Soviet Cinema
SLA241H1: New Forms for New Ideas 1860 to 1900
SLA242H1: The Novel and the Family in the Nineteenth Century
SLA244H1: Studies in Film Genre: Russian and Soviet Approaches
SLA247H1: Postwar Yugoslav Cinema: 1945-1990
SLA248H1: Women and Women's Themes in Ukrainian Literature
SLA252H1: Russian Short Fiction
SLA302H1: The Imaginary Jew
SLA303H1: Literary Imagination and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe
SLA315H1: The Russian Novel: Case Studies
SLA318H1: Kyiv-Kiev-Kijow: A City through Cultures and Centuries
SLA322H1: News from Russia*
SLA327H1: The Balkan Short Story
SLA328H1: The Culture of Contemporary Ukraine
SLA331H1: Experiments and Revolutions in Art and Literature of the Late Russian Empire-Early Soviet Union
SLA337H1: Political Drama from Dubrovnik to the Danube
SLA339H1: The Twilight of Empire: Russian Art and Thought in the European Fin de Siecle
SLA340H1: Narrative Revolution and Counterrevolution in 20th Century Russian Prose
SLA343H1: Post-Stalinist and Contemporary Russian Literature
SLA344H1: The GULAG in Literature
SLA346H1: From Eastern Europe to European Union: Polish Post-War Culture
SLA356H1: What's New? Polish Culture Today
SLA380H1: Language, Politics, and Identity
SLA404H1: From the National Revival to Modernism: Czech Literature of the 19th Century
SLA405Y1: On the Waves of the Avant-garde and Beyond: Czech Literature of the 20th Century
SLA406H1: The Curtain Never Falls: Polish Drama and Theatre in Context
SLA407H1: Modern Croatian Bards
SLA417H1: Modern Serbian Bards
SLA422Y1: History into Literature: Jaan Kross and the 20th Century East European Historical Novel
SLA424H1: Theatre and Cinema in Extremis*
SLA425Y1: History of Czech Literary Language
SLA436H1: Rebels, Scoffers, and Jesters: Polish Culture from Different Perspectives*
SLA441H1: Modern Russian Poetry*
SLA442H1: Russian Symbolism*
SLA449H1: Russian Thinkers
SLA453H1: Women in East European Fiction
SLA458H1: Ukrainian for the 21st Century*
SLA460H1: Contemporary Russian Literature
SLA463H1: Themes in Russian Realism
SLA465H1: Czech Short Story
SLA475H1: Modern Czech Drama
SLA476H1: Twentieth Century Theatre and Performance: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Postmodernism
SLA485H1: Laughter and Forgetting in Milan Kundera

Sociology (SOC)

SOC341Y1: The Jewish Community in Europe and North America
SOC350Y1: Classical Social and Political Thought*

Spanish & Portuguese (SPA, POR)

PRT250H1: Portuguese Culture and Civilization
SPA325H1: Catalan Language and Culture*
SPA341H1: Modernist Movements in Spain*
SPA345H1: Spanish Cinema*
SPA435H1: Fictions of Contemporary Spain*

Other electives eligible to be counted toward the European Studies major requirements may be available from the course offerings through Woodsworth College's summer programs abroad:


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