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Britain in Europe: Past, Present and Future

Module Code: LN201
Module Name: Britain in Europe: Past, Present and Future
Module Coordinator: Evan Stewart
Not running 2024-25
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

This module is for incoming exchange students. At a critical time for Britain and Europe, it aims to provide background to current debates. It is designed as an interdisciplinary module, and will deal with topics such as those below, allowing students to focus on areas of particular interest to them in the follow-up module in the second term: LN214 Britain in Europe: Individual Project .

The module will draw on insights from anthropology, cultural studies, historiography, literary excerpts, linguistics, philology, media studies, political theory and sociology. Students do not have to have prior experience of these disciplines.

  • Prehistory and ancient history: Romans, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Normans
  • The constituent parts of the United Kingdom, and the formation of ‘Britain’
  • Britain and Europe from the 15th to the early 20th century
  • Britain and Europe 1945-2016
  • The evolution of languages in the British Isles and the influence of Europe
  • Immigration, migration and citizenship in the UK
  • Brexit 2016 - 2019: causes and effects
  • National Identity and the future of the UK
  • Britain, populism and the future of Europe


  • To introduce visiting students to historical, political, cultural, linguistic, sociological and economic frameworks, theories and ideas, with particular reference to the relationship between Britain and Europe
  • To engage with texts about Britain in Europe in order to appreciate ideas about Britain, Europe and the EU
  • To become familiar with contemporary debates about Britain in Europe
  • To enhance English language skills in reading, writing, speaking
  • To develop skills in presentation and team-working

Learning Outcomes

  • Critical evaluation of historical, political, social and economic ideas about Britain in Europe
  • Socio-historical contextualization of ideas about Britain in Europe
  • Evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of arguments about Britain, Europe and the EU
  • Engagement with relevant secondary sources
  • Ability to present complex ideas in both written and oral form

Assessment Method

commentary on article or review of website resource (1500 words) - 30%

1 x 10- minute presentation and reflective evaluation - 30%

1 video or written essay - 40%