Module Overview

European Studies

Aims: To give learners a foundation in 21st century European society and culture through the study of texts, documentaries and films. To assist learners understand the meaning of being a contemporary European in an evolving European context. To provide learners with a knowledge of the European Union and its member states with the aim of providing a basis to concentrate on the European Business environment.

Module Code

BSST H2019

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

European geography

Physical and political geography

History of Europe

The progressive evolution of the European identity

European Multiculturalism and Demographics

An examination of inter-racial mix, an unequally spread population, slow demographic growth and an ageing population.

Profile of the 27 member states

Historical, cultural, industrial and economic aspects

The European Union and its institutions

Structures and roles of its institutions; the importance of the European union on the international stage; a possible future enlargement of the European Union and its implications.

Socio-cultural Issues

Regional disparities of standards of living; welfare systems; foreigners and immigration; education; employment; food habits; sport and leisure; culture; cinema; press and television.

Depending on the topic and type of class session, the following research methods are applied:
Lecture with the inclusion of interactive activities such as answering knowledge and comprehension questions, the error correction, the idea paraphrasing, comparison and contrasting, etc.

Directed Discussion with using of the direct, specific and open-ended questions.

Just-in-Time Teaching to motivate students to do the readings and respond to the misconceptions identified from students' prior knowledge.

Inquiry-based Learning (studying of the material in order to meet a challenge, answer question or interpret data).

Problem-based Learning approach review and critique research studies, work in groups on solving an open-ended problems or issues.

Project-based Learning covers creation of students' reports and multimedia presentations. 

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100