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EURO302 The Culture of the European City

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? EURO302 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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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

Convenors: Dr Cecilia Novero and Dr Peter Barton

Paper Structure

The paper is organised in two- or three-week modules. Each module may cover 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. Some sessions are run in small groups. Attendance and participation are encouraged.

Teaching Arrangements

The paper is delivered through three 1-hour sessions that alternate between seminars and lectures.

This paper is taught in conjunction with EURO202.


The course readings and other supporting materials are available online in Blackboard and/or through the library. You may occasionally wish to purchase one or the other text.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper 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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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 17:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22