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EURO302 The Culture of the European City

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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 302 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 EURO302
Subject European Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Two 200-level ENGL, FREN, GERM, PORT or SPAN papers
EURO 202, COML 201
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 assists 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.

This paper is taught in conjunction with EURO 202.


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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Through participation in lectures, workshops, readings, assignments and the research essay, EURO 302 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 discourses 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 9-12, 14-15, 17-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-12, 14-15, 17-22