Contemporary Europe

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Simona Iammarino STC S410


This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Environment and Development and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course provides an introduction to society, economy and polity of contemporary Europe.
The main focus is upon the economic, social and political challenges the EU as a whole, and individual nation states within Europe, are facing. These include the issues of integration, competitiveness, cohesion, enlargement, ageing, migration, employment trends, gender divisions and social polarization and the emergence of regionalism and nationalism. Particular stress is laid upon the geographical constitution of these themes, including regional issues.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 18 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 3 hours of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce a minimum of two class essays during the year and will also be expected to give class papers.

Indicative reading

A Rodriguez-Pose, The European Union: Economy, Society and Polity, 2000; R Baldwin and C Wyplosz, The Economics of the European Integration, 3rd edition, 2009; S Senior Nello, The European Union. Economics, Policies and History, 2009; H Wallace, W Wallace and M A Pollack, Policy-Making in the European Union, 2005; D. Perrons, D., Fagan, C., McDowell, L., Ray, K and Ward, K. (eds) Gender divisions and working time in the new economy. Changing patterns of work, care and public policy in Europe and North America, 2007; W Molle, European Cohesion Policy, 2007


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words) in the LT.

Student performance results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

Classification % of students
First 20.3
2:1 43.8
2:2 27.3
Third 8.6
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2012/13: 22

Average class size 2012/13: 12

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills