Module Identifier EL10820  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor David A Trotter  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Mr Jose M Goni Perez, Mr Adriano Vincentelli, Dr Winifred V Davies  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours written examination (2 essay questions)60%
Semester Assessment 2 x 1500 word essays40%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours If no continuous assessment has been submitted, the exam will be 3 hours (3 essays questions)100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to

Brief description

The module provides an introduction, by a variety of case-studies focused on France, Germany, Italy and Spain, to issues of identity, nationality, and language which have been of central importance to the development of Europe.   

The module will explore fundamental conflicts between nationality and `Europeanness?; centre and periphery; regions and nation-states; cultural and historical particularism and a shared European heritage and identity.   

It will draw on expertise in the Department and offer students a combination of approaches embedded in specific languages and cultures which they are unlikely to have experienced before. It will ensure that students in European Languages have the opportunity to acquire some understanding of the broader European picture into which their chosen language(s) fit(s). It will provide a non-language-specific general preparation for subsequent study of society, politics, language and culture of all the languages taught in the Department. It will be open to students outside the Department and presupposes no linguistic competence.

The module is deliberately `thin? in order to allow students, over the duration of the module, to assimilate the ideas concerned and to deepen their understanding of the underlying general themes.

Reading Lists

Baranski, Z G & West, R J (2001) The Cambridge companion to modern Italian culture Cambridge University Press
Barbour, S & Carmichael, C (eds) (2000) Language and Nationalism in Europe Oxford University Press
Barbour, S & Stevenson, P (1990) Variation in German Cambridge University Press
Carr, Raymond (2001) Modern Spain 1875-1980 Oxford University Press
Clyne, M (1995) The German Language in a Changing Europe Cambridge University Press
Elliott, J H Imperial Spain 1469-1716 Penguin
Forgacs, D & Lumley, R (1996) Italian cultural studies: an introduction Oxford University Press
Hooper, J (1995) The New Spaniards Penguin (or later edition)
Kurlansky, M The Basque History of the World Jonathan Cape
Le Roy Ladurie, E (2001) Histoire de France des regions: la peripherie francaise des origines a nos jours Seuil
Maiden, M (1995) A linguistic history of Italian Longman
Ross, Christopher J (2000) Spain 1812-1996 Arnold
Sahlins, Peter (1989) Boundaries: the making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees University of California Press
Stevenson, P (1997) The German-Speaking World Routledge
Tosi, Arturo (2001) Language and society in a changing Italy Multilingual Matters
Wesseling, H L (2002) Certain Ideas of France: Essays on French History and Civilization Greenwood Press


This module is at CQFW Level 4