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1 Studieordning for KANDIDATUDDANNELSE I EUROPASTUDIER DET HUMANISTISKE FAKULTET AARHUS UNIVERSITET 2008

2 Title 1. Framework provisions Master s Degree in European Studies/kandidatuddannelsen i europastudier On successful completion of the Master s degree in European Studies, the student will be entitled to use the title Master of Arts in European Studies/cand. mag. i europastudier Prepared by Institute for History and Area Studies Effective date Commences on 1 September 2008 Prescribed points 120 ECTS Edition 2008 The objective of the degree Academic competences and qualifications The objective of the Master s Degree Programme is to develop the specialist knowledge and abilities of students and increase their theoretical and methodical qualifications and independence compared with the Bachelor level, give students specialist insight by using advanced elements of the disciplines and methods of the subject area/areas, including training in academic work and methods, developing the ability of students to perform more specialised vocational functions and to participate in academic development work, and qualify students for further study, including PhD programmes. By working on the specialist material of this field, students acquire the following qualifications and skills: Qualifications: Knowledge of European cultural and political affairs; Knowledge of European institutions; Understanding of historical and contemporary perceptions of the idea of Europe; Knowledge of qualitative methodologies for collecting and analysing data; Knowledge of project design; Knowledge of working with research based projects; Knowledge of working in an international and interdisciplinary context; Knowledge of written and oral presentation techniques for different audiences. Competences: The ability to identify and collect relevant data for understanding and analysing cultural and political affairs in Europe; The ability to identify different theoretical positions and evaluate their analytical potentials; The ability to construct analytical frameworks and understand the consequences of theoretical and methodological choices. The ability to plan and accomplish research projects; The ability to participate in intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration

3 with people from other national and educational backgrounds and to work with materials from different academic disciplines; The ability to communicate academic analyses to different audiences. Authority Admission requirements and prerequisites The Education Ministerial Order, order no. 338 of 6 May 2004 regarding Bachelor s and Master s degree programmes at universities, VTU, see Admission to the Master s Degree Programme in European Studies, line A requires a degree in a relevant Bachelor s degree programme from within the humanities or social sciences or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. Admission to line B requires that the Bachelor s degree contains the supplementary programme from European Studies, Århus University. (2). Language requirements: Since English is the language of instruction, non-native speakers of English are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency equivalent to B level English from a Danish entrance examination. This programme gives access to Transitional regulations The Master Degree Programme in European Studies gives access to the Ph.D Programme in History, Transcultural, International and Area Studies. Students who were admitted to European Studies before 2008 can have previous exams transmitted to this programme in the following manner: 2007 Study Regulations 2008 Study Regulations History of the idea of Europe European institutions Theories of Culture Current Affairs European Cultural Analysis Elective topic The Project affairs History of the idea of Europe Analysing European political institutions Theories of Culture and Society Current Affairs Analysing Culture & Society in Europe Elective topic Interdisciplinary perspectives on European

4 2. Structure of the programme The Master s Degree Programme in European Studies lasts two years full time. The entire degree programme comprises 120 ECTS credits European Studies Line A Module Title of exam ECTS Term Evaluation Evaluation Subject type Theories of Culture and Society/ Teorier om kultur og samfund 10 1 Marked 7-point Fundamental Introduction to Culture, Society and Political Institutions in Europe/ Introduktion til kultur, samfund og politiske institutioner i Europa Analysing Culture and Society in Europe / Kultur og samfundsanalyse I Europa 10 1 Marked 7-point Internal internal coexaminer Internal internal coexaminer Fundamental Analysing European Political Institutions/ Analyse af europæiske politiske institutioner 10 1 Marked 7-point Internal Internal coexaminer Fundamental Analysing European Political Institution in combination with Theories of Culture and Society/Analyse af europæiske politiske institutioner kombineret med teorier om kultur og samfund Marked 7-point Internal Internal coexaminer Fundamental Analysing Culture and Society in Europe in combination with Theories of Culture and Society / Kultur og samfundsanalyse i Europa kombineret med teorier om kultur og samfund 20 1 Marked 7-point Internal Internal coexaminer Fundamental

5 Interdisciplinar y perspectives on European Affairs/ Tværfaglige perspektiver op europæiske forhold Europe Past and Present/ Europa før og nu MA Thesis/ Speciale Project Theme 1 & 2/ Projekttema 1 & 2 Research Design, Qualitative Methods and Presentation Techniques/ Forskningsdesign, metode og formidling History of the Idea of Europe/ Europaideens historie Current Affairs/ Aktuelt emne Optional Course 1 or Internship 1 / Valgfag 1 eller praktik Marked 7-point internal Internal coexaminer 10 2 Pass/fail Test without internal coexaminer 10 3 Marked 7-point 10 3 Marked 7-point 10 3 Marked 7-point or Pass/fail MA Thesis / Speciale 30 4 Marked 7-point Internal internal coexaminer External external coexaminer Internal Internal coexaminer External external coexaminer Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory Optional course Fundamental and compulsory Line B Module Title of exam ECTS Term Evaluation Evaluation Subject type Europe in the present/ Europa lige nu Current Affairs/ aktuelt emne 10 1 Marked 7-point External external coexaminer Fundamental and compulsory Theories of Culture and Society in Europe/ Teorier om kultur og samfund i Europa 10 1 Marked 7-point Internal internal coexaminer Fundamental Analysing Culture and Society in Europe/ analyse af teorier om kultur og samfund i Europa 10 1 Marked 7-point Internal internal coexaminer Fundamental

6 Analysing Culture and Society in Europe in combination with Theories of Culture and Society / Kultur og samfundsanalyse i Europa med teorier om kultur og samfund 20 1 Marked 7-point Internal Internal coexaminer Fundamental Interdisciplinar y perspectives on European affairs/ tværfaglige perskektiver på europæiske forhold Optional/ Valgfag Project Theme 1 & 2/ projekttema 1& 2 Research Design, Methodologies and Presentation Techniques/ Forskningsformidling, metode og projektdesign Optional Course 1/valgfag Marked 7-point Internal internal coexaminer 10 2 Pass/fail Test without internal coexaminer 10 3 Marked 7-point Internal internal coexaminer Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory Optional MA Thesis/ speciale Optional Course 2/valgfag 2 Optional Course 3/valgfag Marked 7-point 10 3 Marked 7-point Internal internal coexaminer Internal internal coexaminer Internship 1/ Praktik Pass/fail Internal Internal coexaminer Internship 2 / Praktik Pass/fail Internal Internal coexaminer Internship 3 / Praktik Pass/fail Internal Internal coexaminer Ma Thesis/ speciale 30 4 Marked 7-point external external coexaminer Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Fundamental and compulsory 2.1. Guidelines for academic process

7 The Student can only register for the examinations in the module Interdisciplinaryl Perspectives after the examination in Analysing Culture and Society in Europe and Analysing European Institutions have been passed. The examination in Theories of Culture and Society may, on Line A, be combined into one exam with the examination in either Analysing Culture and Society in Europe or Analysing European Political Institutions, which then merits 20 ECTS. Students enrolled on Line B may combine Theories of Culture and Society and Analysing Culture and Society into one exam. The student can only register for the examination in The Project Theme 1 & 2 if he or she registers for the examinations in Research Design, Methodology and Presentation Techniques during the same semester. On Line A, the Student must choose between either Optional Course or Internship within the module Optional. On Line B, the Student may freely combine examinations within the module Optional in such a manner, that a total of 30 ECTS are achieved. l The student may only submit his or her thesis after all other examinations in the Master s degree programme have been passed module Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Analysing Culture, Society and Political Institutions in Europe Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: knowledge of social and cultural theories and skills in applying them; knowledge of how to analyse cultural, social and political issues of European relevance; knowledge of European institutions and their role in European decision making processes; knowledge of political topics of relevance to European integration and cooperation. understanding of social and cultural affairs in Europe; knowledge of how to analyse cultural, social and political arguments in relation to European affairs. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding: the ability to approach a specific topic theoretically and analytically; the ability to identify and analyse different theoretical positions and evaluate their analytical potentials.

8 the ability to apply social and cultural theories in analytical work. the ability to analyse and discuss current aspects of European integration and cooperation; the ability to understand European institutions the ability to understand social and cultural affairs in Europe. Disciplines of the module The Analysis Module consists of the following disciplines; Theories of Culture and Society, Analysing Culture and Society in Europe, Analysing European Political Institutions. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on European Affairs Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: experience with interdisciplinary academic work knowledge of relevant research topics; knowledge of qualitative methods; knowledge of research project design; skills relating to data collection in a European context; experience in analysing data; knowledge of how to work on a research project; understanding of how to form a functional work organisation; knowledge of how to work in an interdisciplinary and international context; knowledge of different presentation techniques. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills in regards to: the ability choose and use relevant methods; the ability to identify, collect and analyse relevant data; the ability to participate in an international and interdisciplinary environment; the ability to contextualise current debates about European affairs; the ability to present academic work for specific audiences; time management in a longer-term research project. Disciplines of the module The Interdisciplinary Perspective Module consists of the following disciplines: Project Theme 1 & 2, Project Design, Methodology and Presentation Techniques.

9 Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Europe past and present Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: knowledge of different historical and contemporary perceptions of the idea of Europe; insight into different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe. knowledge of the preconditions for the contemporary political and cultural landscape in Europe through an understanding of the history of the idea of Europe; comprehension of current affairs with cultural, political and social relevance in Europe. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding to: the ability to identify different representations of Europe with regards to the history of the idea of Europe; the ability to identify and analyse different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe; the ability to contextualise current debates about European affairs; the ability to present academic work for an academic audience. Disciplines of the module The Europe Past and Present Module consists of the following disciplines: History of the idea of Europe, Current Affairs. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Optional topic/internship Qualifications Through the module optional topic/internship the student has the opportunity to give his or her Master s degree programme a particular emphasis by including other relevant subject areas and thus to enhance their individual competency profile. The module gives the student the opportunity to achieve the following academic skills When an internship is chosen knowledge of how academic skills and qualifications are applied in a workplace; skills in combining knowledge from the European Studies programme with the requirements of a workplace through an internship; knowledge of an area or topic of relevance to the students specialisation.

10 When an optional topic is chosen knowledge of the theories and methods relevant to the topic in question; skills in supplementing knowledge from the European Studies programme with that of an optional course; knowledge of an area or topic of relevance to the students specialisation. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills in: When an internship is chosen ability to reflect on the contributions of approaches and topics not covered in the European Studies programme; ability to identify, combine, and apply relevant methods and perspectives to solve specific problems in practice; ability to contribute to the solution of a concrete task in a workplace. When an optional topic is chosen ability to supplementing knowledge and approaches from the European Studies programme with that of other academic disciplines or programmes; ability to identify, combine, and apply relevant methods and perspectives to solve specific problems in the context of other academic disciplines. Disciplines of the module Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) The Optional module consists of the following courses Optional topic or Internship Master s Thesis The thesis module gives the student the following qualifications and skills: Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: ability to apply key terminology, theories and methodology selected from one or more disciplines within European Studies; analytical skills; skills in time management in a long-term project; skills in presentation techniques. Competences Through working on the subject matter, the student obtains academic and

11 social skills in: identifying, combining, and applying relevant methods and perspectives to solve a specific academic question or problem; designing a project to match specific requirements of time and length; analysing, synthesising, and evaluating the use of a combination of perspectives, tools, theories, and methodologies for a major project. Disciplines of the module The Master s Thesis module consists of the following discipline: Master s Thesis 2.3. The individual exams of the programme For each discipline the following is stated: Discipline title Theories of Culture and Society The objective is to introduce the student to theories of culture and society and to give the student knowledge of selected theories relevant to the European Studies programme. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to develop an understanding of how these theories are applied in analysis. - demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories of culture and society introduced during the course; - is able to present and evaluate these different theories; - is able to choose relevant theories and to discuss the choice of theory in relation to specific cases and problems; - demonstrates knowledge of course literature. Instructions will typically involve lectures, class discussions and student presentations. Furthermore tuition in smaller groups may be offered tol allow students to discuss and reflect on theoretical positions orally and in writing. English The examination consists of a written 6 hour written examination where the student answers questions in the course literature. The student may bring course literature, course notes, and dictionaries and refer to this during the exam. The student may use computer or laptop during the exam. Discipline title Analysing European Political Institutions

12 The objective is to introduce the student to the development and functioning of European political institutions. The purpose is furthermore to give the student an understanding of the formal and informal political processes of the functioning of these institutions and to allow the student to work with some of the theories introduced during the course Theories of Culture and Society in relation to specific cases. o o o o demonstrates knowledge of the European institutions dealt with during the course; demonstrates knowledge of the formal and informal working of and the decision-making processes in Europe political institutions; demonstrates knowledge of the relevant theories; demonstrates knowledge of the course literature. Instructions will typically take the form of lectures, class discussions, research activities and tuition in smaller groups. During the lectures the main points from the syllabus will be explained and put into perspective. In class discussions and through tuition the student will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect how to analyse developments in European institutions. Moreover the students may be expected to work in a student research group and to discuss ongoing research progress during seminars. English The examination is a portfolio examination consisting of two steps: 1) a 3 hour test where the student may bring course literature, course notes, dictionaries and a laptop or personal computer; 2) a research paper of minimum 5 and maximum 6 pages. The research paper should be developed in connection with the specific focus of the seminars chosen by the instructor and include references to the syllabus. The research paper should be handed in at the end of the course. The two parts of the portfolio have equal weight in determining the grade. Discipline title Analysing European Political Institution in combination with Theories of Culture and Society The objective is to allow the student to make an extensive analysis of a topic relevant for the course Analysing European Political Institutions. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to combine theoretical and empirical knowledge about European political institutions with theories introduced in the course Theories of Culture and Society and to refine his or her analytical skills on the basis of working with a concrete academic question or problem developed in consultation with the instructor.

13 - demonstrates the ability to develop an academic problematique and analysis which is relevant to the study of European political institutions as introduced in the course; - demonstrates the ability to combine knowledge from the two courses Analysing European Political Institutions and Theories of Culture and Society; - demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes introduced during the two courses; - demonstrates the ability to evaluate and analyse social and cultural issues in combination with questions relating to European political institutions; English The examination consists of a written paper of a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 24 pages about a relevant topic of the student s choice. The topic must be approved by the instructor of the course Analysing European Political Institutions before the end of this course. Discipline title Analysing European Culture and Society The objective is to give the student a comprehensive understanding of making social and cultural analysis in a European context. Furthermore the purpose is to allow the student to work with the theories introduced during the course Theories of Culture and Society and to apply these to specific cases. - demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes dealt with during the course; - demonstrates knowledge of course literature; - demonstrates the ability to use theories in analysis; - demonstrates the ability to evaluate and analyse social and cultural issues; - demonstrates the ability to situate social and cultural issues in a European context. Instructions will typically involve lectures, student presentations and class discussions. There may be some work with case studies, and some group work. English

14 Discipline title The examination consists of a written paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on a topic of the students own choice. The topic, which must be relevant for the course should be discussed with and approved by the instructor before the end of the course. The paper must include relevant parts of the syllabus. Analysing Culture and Society in Europe in combination with Theories of Culture and Society The objective is to allow the student to make a social and cultural analysis on a more extensive empirical material. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to combine theoretical and empirical knowledge about society and culture in Europe with those introduced in Theories of Culture and Society and to refine his or her analytical skills on the basis of working with a concrete academic question or problem developed in consultation with the instructor. - demonstrates the ability to develop an academic problematique and analysis which is relevant to the study of culture and society in Europe as introduced in the course; - demonstrates ability to combine knowledge from the two courses: Analysing Culture and Society in Europe and theories of Culture and Society; - demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes introduced during the two courses; - demonstrates ability to evaluate and analyse social and cultural issues; English The examination consists of a written paper of minimum 20 and maximum 24 pages about a relevant topic of the student s choice. The topic must be approved by the instructor of the course Analysing Culture and Society in Europe before the end of this course. Discipline title Project Theme 1 & 2 The course Project Theme 1 & 2 should be seen as integral with the course Research Design, Methodologies and Presentation Techniques. The exams of these two courses should be taken in combination, and within the same semester. The purpose is to give the student the unique opportunity to combine theoretical, analytical and methodological research within an interdisciplinary framework, and to undertake various forms of data

15 collection. This work may consist of the completion of a task related to one of the Department s research projects, or proposed by an organisation external to the Department, or it may consist of contributing to a conference publication. The purpose of Project Themes 1 & 2 is to introduce students to the relevant theoretical and empirical literature of two different disciplines relating to a specific theme, and enable the student to do interdisciplinary academic analysis. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to independently identify and work with further literature and to make an individual contribution to a larger project. Project Theme 1 & 2 must be taken together with the course Research Design, Methodologies and Presentation Techniques. - demonstrates understanding of the different disciplinary approaches introduced in Project Theme 1 & 2; - demonstrates the ability to combine different disciplinary approaches in analysis; - demonstrates the ability to combine different kinds of data in analysis; - is able to contribute independently to a larger project. Instructions will typically consist of lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions. English The examination consists of a paper written individually or in smaller groups (from 2-3 group members) in relation to the project theme. The topic of the paper is to be discussed with and approved by the instructor(s). If the paper is written individually it is of pages. If the paper is written in a smaller group, the students can write 5-7 pages collectively (typically introduction and conclusion) and 15 pages for each student contributing to the group s work. Each group member is graded individually. It therefore has to be possible to evaluate each group member s individual contributions. A first draft of this paper is to be presented and discussed at a students conference as part of the examination in Project Design, Methodologies and Presentation Techniques (see below). The final draft is to be handed in the beginning of June. Discipline title Disciplinbeskrivelse Project Design, Methodology and Presentation Techniques The objective of this course is to further develop the student s ability to plan, design and carry out an interdisciplinary research project and to present it to a particular audience. During the course, the student will be

16 introduced to literature on how to design a research project, to identify, collect and analyse relevant data, to write a relevant contribution in the context pf an interdisciplinary research project and to present the research results to a target audience. - demonstrates knowledge of research design; - demonstrates ability to argue for theoretical and methodological choices; - demonstrates knowledge of how different forms of data and material can be combined; - is able to reflect on choice of methodology; - can analyse qualitative data - demonstrates the ability to present own research results to a target audience. Instructions will typically take form as lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions. English The examination consists of active participation. Participation contains a two-step portfolio consisting of a) a paper of minimum 5 and maximum 6 pages outlining and discussing the design and methodological foundation of the research paper written in relation to the course Project Theme 1 & 2 and b) an oral presentation based on the paper written for Project Theme 1 & 2, which will typically take place during a student conference at the end of term. In grading the portfolio, the paper weights 80 % while the oral presentation weights 20 % of the grade. Discipline title History of the Idea of Europe The objective is to introduce the student to the ambiguous and contested meanings of the concept of Europe. Furthermore the purpose is to provide the student with an understanding of how different ideas of Europe frame the current understanding of Europe as they appear in the discussion of e.g. Europe s borders, the meanings of the European Union, and European identity. - demonstrates knowledge of different historical and contemporary perceptions of the idea of Europe; - is able to evaluate different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe; - demonstrates knowledge of the preconditions of the contemporary political and cultural landscape through an

17 insight into ideas of Europe; - is able to identify and analyse historical ideas and relate them to the contemporary context. Instructions will typically take the form of lectures combined with instruction in smaller groups. During the lectures the main points from the syllabus will be explained. The group sessions will give the student the opportunity to discuss further the problems and issues raised in the lectures and in course literature. English The examination consists of a paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on a topic of the students own choice. The topic must be relevant for the course and should be discussed with the instructor before the end of the course. The paper must include relevant parts of the syllabus. Discipline title Current Affairs The purpose is to allow the student to work with a topical European problematique and to apply relevant theories and methods. During the course the student will have the opportunity to familiarise him- or herself with relevant literature in relation to the topic of the course, to acquire appropriate empirical and theoretical insight into this topic, and to discuss it in an academic setting. - demonstrates appropriate knowledge and understanding of the course literature; - demonstrate analytical understanding of the topic of the course; - demonstrates knowledge of the theoretical and empirical considerations introduced during the course; - is able to discuss a current topic academically; Instructions will typically involve lectures, student presentations, and class discussion. English The examination consists of a paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages written on a given topic. There is one week to write the paper. Dates will be announced by the secretariat of European Studies close to the end of term. Discipline title Optional course 1

18 The objective of the optional course is to allow the student to give his or her Master s degree programme a particular academic emphasis by adding an optional course and thus to enhance the student s individual competency profile. The student can choose a course within or outside the Institute of History and Area Studies. The Board of Studies must approve the course selection if chosen outside of The Institute for History and Area Studies. demonstrates a knowledge and an understanding of the course literature; is able to formulate a relevant academic question or problem and answer it; demonstrates an understanding of the terminology, concepts, theories and methodologies introduced during the course. If the course is chosen from the department of European Studies, please check the relevant course for teaching forms; if the course is chosen from another department or institute, information about teaching methods can be found in their study regulations. The language of instruction. For optional courses chosen among courses at the European Studies department: the examination will consist of an oral exam based on a paper of 4-5 pages. The topic for the paper is chosen by the student with reference to the syllabus and must be approved by the instructor. The paper is written without supervision. It must be handed in one week before the oral exam. The duration of the oral examination is 30 minutes including evaluation. The examination starts with a 10 minutes presentation by the student and continues as a dialogue between the student and the examiner. Discipline title Internship 1 The optional course can be exchanged for an internship in a Danish, European or international workplace. The purpose of this is to allow the student to get experience in applying academic knowledge to concrete work assignments. The internship must be of a minimum of 1 month and equal hours of work experience. The student must carry out work that matches his or her academic skills and competences. Before the internship begins, an agreement must be signed between the internship host and the Board of Studies. This agreement should as a minimum contain: Place of work Kind of work Duration of internship Contact person/supervisor Wage (if applicable) Publication (if applicable) Copy right (if applicable)

19 student - reflects on how he/she applied skills acquired at European Studies, - shows the ability to use academic skills to analyse a topic relevant to both European Studies and the host of the internship. The internship will give the student an opportunity to learn by doing. English The examination consists of a research paper of minimum 12 and maximum 14 pages. It must be written about a topic defined by the student and approved by a supervisor at European Studies. The topic must be relevant for the tasks undertaken by the student during the internship. Discipline title Master s Thesis The objective of the thesis is to allow the student to develop his or her ability to work independently, analytically, methodologically and theoretically with a comprehensive body of material. Through supervision the student learns to structure his or her work with the material, to identify relevant issues and problems, and to deal with them theoretically and methodologically. The student applies to the Board of Studies to be assigned a supervisor. is able to design a coherent project which is relevant in a European context; is able to reflect on relevant methodologies; is able to apply theory in analysis; is able to independently analyse and reflect on a topic of European relevance; is able to discuss relevant literature on relation to the thesis topic; demonstrates an ability to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired through the European Studies programme. employs a variety of the skills and competences acquired through the programme in European Studies within a single analytical framework. is able to present complex issues convincingly in an academic form. Thesis seminar and individual supervision

20 English or Danish The thesis is a written text of minimum 50 and maximum 60 pages plus a summary of maximum 2 pages. The summary is evaluated as part of the thesis. The student chooses a topic in consultation with a supervisor at the beginning of the fourth semester. The thesis is due at the end of the fourth semester. European Studies, line B Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Europe in the present Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: insight into different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe. comprehension of current affairs with cultural, political and social relevance in Europe. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding to: the ability to identify and analyse different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe; the ability to contextualise current debates about European affairs; Disciplines of the module The Module Europe in Present consists of the following discipline: Current Affairs. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Analysing Culture, Society and Political Institutions in Europe Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: knowledge of social and cultural theories and skills in applying them; knowledge of how to analyse cultural, social and political issues of European relevance; knowledge of European institutions and their role in European

21 decision making processes; knowledge of political topics of relevance to European integration and cooperation. understanding of social and cultural affairs in Europe; knowledge of how to analyse cultural, social and political arguments in relation to European affairs. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding: the ability to approach a specific topic theoretically and analytically; the ability to identify and analyse different theoretical positions and evaluate their analytical potentials. the ability to apply social and cultural theories in analytical work. the ability to analyse and discuss current aspects of European integration and cooperation; the ability to understand European institutions the ability to understand social and cultural affairs in Europe. Disciplines of the module The Analysis Module consists of the following disciplines; Theories of Culture and Society, Analysing Culture and Society in Europe, Analysing European Political Institutions. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on European Affairs Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: experience with interdisciplinary academic work knowledge of relevant research topics; knowledge of qualitative methods; knowledge of research project design; skills relating to data collection in a European context; experience in analysing data; knowledge of how to work on a research project; understanding of how to form a functional work organisation; knowledge of how to work in an interdisciplinary and international context; knowledge of different presentation techniques. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills in regards to:

22 the ability choose and use relevant methods; the ability to identify, collect and analyse relevant data; the ability to participate in an international and interdisciplinary environment; the ability to contextualise current debates about European affairs; the ability to present academic work for specific audiences; time management in a longer-term research project. Disciplines of the module The Interdisciplinary Perspective Module consists of the following disciplines: Project Theme 1 & 2, Project Design, Methodology and Presentation Techniques. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Optional topic/internship Qualifications Through the module optional topic/internship the student has the opportunity to give his or her Master s degree programme a particular emphasis by including other relevant subject areas and thus to enhance their individual competency profile. The module gives the student the opportunity to achieve the following academic skills When an internship is chosen knowledge of how academic skills and qualifications are applied in a workplace; skills in combining knowledge from the European Studies programme with the requirements of a workplace through an internship; knowledge of an area or topic of relevance to the students specialisation. When an optional topic is chosen knowledge of the theories and methods relevant to the topic in question; skills in supplementing knowledge from the European Studies programme with that of an optional course; knowledge of an area or topic of relevance to the students specialisation. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills in: When an internship is chosen ability to reflect on the contributions of approaches and topics not covered in the European Studies programme; ability to identify, combine, and apply relevant methods and perspectives to solve specific problems in practice; ability to contribute to the solution of a concrete task in a workplace.

23 When an optional topic is chosen ability to supplementing knowledge and approaches from the European Studies programme with that of other academic disciplines or programmes; ability to identify, combine, and apply relevant methods and perspectives to solve specific problems in the context of other academic disciplines. Disciplines of the module Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) The Optional module consists of the following courses Optional topic 1, 2 and 3 and/or Internship 1,2 and 3 Master s Thesis The thesis module gives the student the following qualifications and skills: Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: ability to apply key terminology, theories and methodology selected from one or more disciplines within European Studies; analytical skills; skills in time management in a long-term project; skills in presentation techniques. Competences Through working on the subject matter, the student obtains academic and social skills in: identifying, combining, and applying relevant methods and perspectives to solve a specific academic question or problem; designing a project to match specific requirements of time and length; analysing, synthesising, and evaluating the use of a combination of perspectives, tools, theories, and methodologies for a major project. Disciplines of the module The Master s Thesis module consists of the following discipline: Master s Thesis The individual exams of the programme Discipline title Current Affairs The purpose is to allow the student to work with a topical European problematique and to apply relevant theories and methods. During the course the student will have the opportunity to familiarise him- or herself

24 with relevant literature in relation to the topic of the course, to acquire appropriate empirical and theoretical insight into this topic, and to discuss it in an academic setting. - demonstrates appropriate knowledge and understanding of the course literature; - demonstrate analytical understanding of the topic of the course; - demonstrates knowledge of the theoretical and empirical considerations introduced during the course; - is able to discuss a current topic academically; Instructions will typically involve lectures, student presentations, and class discussion. English The examination consists of a paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages written on a given topic. There is one week to write the paper. Dates will be announced by the secretariat of European Studies close to the end of term. Discipline title Theories of Culture and Society The objective is to introduce the student to theories of culture and society and to give the student knowledge of selected theories relevant to the European Studies programme. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to develop an understanding of how these theories are applied in analysis. - demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories of culture and society introduced during the course; - is able to present and evaluate these different theories; - is able to choose relevant theories and to discuss the choice of theory in relation to specific cases and problems; - demonstrates knowledge of course literature. Instructions will typically involve lectures, class discussions and student presentations. Furthermore tuition in smaller groups may be offered tol allow students to discuss and reflect on theoretical positions orally and in writing. English

25 The examination consists of a written 6 hour written examination where the student answers questions in the course literature. The student may bring course literature, course notes, and dictionaries and refer to this during the exam. The student may use computer or laptop during the exam. Discipline title Analysing European Political Institutions The objective is to introduce the student to the development and functioning of European political institutions. The purpose is furthermore to give the student an understanding of the formal and informal political processes of the functioning of these institutions and to allow the student to work with some of the theories introduced during the course Theories of Culture and Society in relation to specific cases. o o o o demonstrates knowledge of the European institutions dealt with during the course; demonstrates knowledge of the formal and informal working of and the decision-making processes in Europe political institutions; demonstrates knowledge of the relevant theories; demonstrates knowledge of the course literature. Instructions will typically take the form of lectures, class discussions, research activities and tuition in smaller groups. During the lectures the main points from the syllabus will be explained and put into perspective. In class discussions and through tuition the student will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect how to analyse developments in European institutions. Moreover the students may be expected to work in a student research group and to discuss ongoing research progress during seminars. English The examination is a portfolio examination consisting of two steps: 1) a 3 hour test where the student may bring course literature, course notes, dictionaries and a laptop or personal computer; 2) a research paper of minimum 5 and maximum 6 pages. The research paper should be developed in connection with the specific focus of the seminars chosen by the instructor and include references to the syllabus. The research paper should be handed in at the end of the course. The two parts of the portfolio have equal weight in determining the grade. Discipline title Analysing European Political Institution in combination with Theories of Culture and Society

26 The objective is to allow the student to make an extensive analysis of a topic relevant for the course Analysing European Political Institutions. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to combine theoretical and empirical knowledge about European political institutions with theories introduced in the course Theories of Culture and Society and to refine his or her analytical skills on the basis of working with a concrete academic question or problem developed in consultation with the instructor. - demonstrates the ability to develop an academic problematique and analysis which is relevant to the study of European political institutions as introduced in the course; - demonstrates the ability to combine knowledge from the two courses Analysing European Political Institutions and Theories of Culture and Society; - demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes introduced during the two courses; - demonstrates the ability to evaluate and analyse social and cultural issues in combination with questions relating to European political institutions; English The examination consists of a written paper of a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 24 pages about a relevant topic of the student s choice. The topic must be approved by the instructor of the course Analysing European Political Institutions before the end of this course. Discipline title Analysing European Culture and Society The objective is to give the student a comprehensive understanding of making social and cultural analysis in a European context. Furthermore the purpose is to allow the student to work with the theories introduced during the course Theories of Culture and Society and to apply these to specific cases. - demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes dealt with during the course; - demonstrates knowledge of course literature; - demonstrates the ability to use theories in analysis; - demonstrates the ability to evaluate and analyse social and

27 cultural issues; - demonstrates the ability to situate social and cultural issues in a European context. Discipline title Instructions will typically involve lectures, student presentations and class discussions. There may be some work with case studies, and some group work. English The examination consists of a written paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on a topic of the students own choice. The topic, which must be relevant for the course should be discussed with and approved by the instructor before the end of the course. The paper must include relevant parts of the syllabus. Analysing Culture and Society in Europe in combination with Theories of Culture and Society The objective is to allow the student to make a social and cultural analysis on a more extensive empirical material. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to combine theoretical and empirical knowledge about society and culture in Europe with those introduced in Theories of Culture and Society and to refine his or her analytical skills on the basis of working with a concrete academic question or problem developed in consultation with the instructor. - demonstrates the ability to develop an academic problematique and analysis which is relevant to the study of culture and society in Europe as introduced in the course; - demonstrates ability to combine knowledge from the two courses: Analysing Culture and Society in Europe and theories of Culture and Society; - demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes introduced during the two courses; - demonstrates ability to evaluate and analyse social and cultural issues; English The examination consists of a written paper of minimum 20 and maximum 24 pages about a relevant topic of the student s choice. The topic must be approved by the instructor of the course Analysing Culture and Society in Europe before the end of this course.

28 Discipline title Project Theme 1 & 2 The course Project Theme 1 & 2 should be seen as integral with the course Research Design, Methodologies and Presentation Techniques. The exams of these two courses should be taken in combination, and within the same semester. The purpose is to give the student the unique opportunity to combine theoretical, analytical and methodological research within an interdisciplinary framework, and to undertake various forms of data collection. This work may consist of the completion of a task related to one of the Department s research projects, or proposed by an organisation external to the Department, or it may consist of contributing to a conference publication. The purpose of Project Themes 1 & 2 is to introduce students to the relevant theoretical and empirical literature of two different disciplines relating to a specific theme, and enable the student to do interdisciplinary academic analysis. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to independently identify and work with further literature and to make an individual contribution to a larger project. Project Theme 1 & 2 must be taken together with the course Research Design, Methodologies and Presentation Techniques. - demonstrates understanding of the different disciplinary approaches introduced in Project Theme 1 & 2; - demonstrates the ability to combine different disciplinary approaches in analysis; - demonstrates the ability to combine different kinds of data in analysis; - is able to contribute independently to a larger project. Instructions will typically consist of lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions. English The examination consists of a paper written individually or in smaller groups (from 2-3 group members) in relation to the project theme. The topic of the paper is to be discussed with and approved by the instructor(s). If the paper is written individually it is of pages. If the paper is written in a smaller group, the students can write 5-7 pages collectively (typically introduction and conclusion) and 15 pages for each student contributing to the group s work. Each group member is graded individually. It therefore has to be possible to evaluate each group member s individual contributions. A first draft of this paper is to be presented and discussed at a students conference as part of the examination in Project Design, Methodologies and Presentation Techniques (see below). The final draft is to be handed in the beginning of June.

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