EU458      Half Unit
Public Policy and Cultural Narratives in a Global Europe

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Joseph Downing COW G.05


This course is available on the MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict, MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in Human Rights and MSc in International Migration and Public Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.

This is a capped course. Students are required to obtain permission from the teaching department to take this course.

Course content

This course is concerned with cultural politics in contemporary states. In Europe today there is a growing rejection of multiculturalism and a reaffirmation of cultural cohesion and shared identity. Taking a narrative approach, this course will examine competing policy responses towards minorities and migrants. Europe will be a major focus. Nevertheless, students with interests and expertise outside of Europe should feel free to include this wider perspective in their seminar discussions and assignments.


12 hours of lectures and 12 hours of seminars in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students are required to submit one policy review and one video proposal.

Indicative reading

P. Aufder, Documentary Film Making: A Very Short Introduction, 2008; Z. Bauman, Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts, 2003; B. Buzan, O. Weaver and J. de Wilde, Security: A New Framework For Analysis,1998; J. Jackson-Preece, Minority Rights: Between Diversity and Community, 2005; W. Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship, 1995; C. K. Riessman, Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences, 2008; G. Rose, Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching With Visual Materials,  2012.A more detailed reading list is available from Dr Jackson-Preece.


Essay (50%, 2500 words) and other (50%) in the LT.

Students will produce a short video in the LT.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2017/18: 43

Average class size 2017/18: 14

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication