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EURO202 The Culture of the European City

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The study of twentieth-century literary and film texts in the context of contemporary urban Europe, with particular reference to Paris, Prague, Berlin, Madrid, St. Petersburg and Bucharest.

Will your career in cultural studies, media, international law, education, global commerce, international languages, literary studies or history involve Europe and its many cultures or even take you to study there? EURO 202 The Culture of the European City opens the way to an understanding of the complexity of selected European-city cultures within their varied social, political and historical contexts.

Paper title The Culture of the European City
Paper code EURO202
Subject European Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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Two 100-level ENGL, FREN, GERM, PORT or SPAN papers (excluding ENGL 126)
COML 201, EURO 302
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for all students with an interest in major European cities and their literary, intellectual, visual art and screen cultures. All material is taught in English.
Teaching staff

Convenor: Dr Simon Ryan, with contributing guest lecturers.

Paper Structure

The paper is organised in two- or three-week modules. Each module presents for understanding and analysis examples from the literary, intellectual or screen culture of a different European city. Paris, Berlin, St Petersburg or Moscow, Prague, Bucharest, Rome, Madrid or Barcelona have all featured in recent semesters. Framing lectures assist students to understand the connections between cultural productions from different modules and different epochs.

Teaching Arrangements
The paper is delivered through two 1-hour lectures per week and a weekly workshop or tutorial.

The course readings and other supporting materials are available online in Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Through participation in lectures, workshops, readings and assignments students will gain:
  • A capacity to relate examples of European urban literary, intellectual or screen culture to changes occurring in European social, political and cultural life since the late 19th century
  • An understanding of the role of literary, film or other discourse in the ongoing construction of notions of "Europe" and "Europeanness"
  • Competence in demonstrating an understanding of the contribution of selected examples of European urban culture to the international reception of ideas about Europe's cultural heritage
  • An ability to discern and articulate some of the key formal and aesthetic practices operative in selected examples of European urban literary, intellectual or screen culture in relation to critical perspectives from literary or film theory and cultural analysis

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 15-22