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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2640 Western Europe: from the Dictatorships to European Integration, 1930-1992

20 creditsClass Size: 42

Module manager: Professor SW Tolliday
Email: s.w.tolliday@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module focuses on Western Europe since the Second World War, emphasizing the diversity of national patterns of development, and national economic and social systems. It compares the interaction of state and industry, and management and labour in France, Germany, Italy and Sweden; their differing industrial structures, contrasting roles of big and small business, and of conflict and compromise based social settlements; and the interaction of politics and economics in these economies.

Objectives

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- show an informed understanding of the development of the European economy since the 1930s;
- understand the major historical debates on selected themes including, convergence and integration of European economics, and the interaction of politics and economics in these developments;
- reflect critically on the above.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


Syllabus

In the 1930s, Europe retreated from an open economy into dictatorship and autarky, and in the Second World War, it was wrecked by war and genocide. Yet fifty years later the same states had not only progressed to new levels of affluence, but were far advanced on an ambitious program of economic integration and political co-operation. This course focuses on aspects of the economic history of Western Europe since the Second World War, emphasising debates on economic convergence and integration. The course outlines the key trends and shifts in economic performance over the period and studies the origins and evolution of the European community from its uncertain beginnings to the eve of monetary union, and attempts to understand the political and economic dynamics of its progress.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours183.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 183 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be handed in 12 noon Friday of teaching week 730.00
In-course AssessmentOral contribution10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2009

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