SLL20030 Perceptions of Europe in the Twentieth Century

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module focuses on the perceptions of Europe’s cultures and languages during the 20th and 21st century, and analyses the ways in which they have been imagined, interpreted, and represented by different groups and in different cultural traditions during this period. Following an overview of post-war European integration, the module examines the development of differing conceptions of Europe from within and without the European continent. There is also a section of the module that reflects on multilingualism in contemporary Europe, with a focus on the related policies and practices in this area.
This module is a core module for BA International Modern Languages students, but is also of special interest for International students who spend a trimester or the full academic year in UCD.

This module will delivered predominantly online, with students participating in scheduled interactive classes either online or - where possible - on campus.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
-Demonstrate an understanding of a range of key developments in the process of European integration over the twentieth century;
-Analyse some of the main concepts that inform the idea of Europe in the European and extra-European imagination;
-Critically assess the realities of language policy and multilingualism in Europe today;
-Be able to assess a range of relevant primary and secondary source material;
-Develop study, writing and communication skills commensurate with Level 2.

Indicative Module Content:

Europe in politics, culture and the imagination; language policies in Europe; minority languages in Europe; rememberance and the World Wars; Turkey and (the rest of) Europe; Europe and Latin America

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Contact hours will be conducted partly in the physical and partly in the virtual classroom and will be directed by the university timetable. It will be possible to participate fully online if required and students who are unable to attend physical classes will be fully supported in their learning. All students are expected to engage fully with online classes as scheduled in the timetable.

Teaching and learning will take place in the form of interactive lectures, reflective learning, task-based learning, group work, presentations, blended learning, seminars, discussions. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Poster and Discussion Week 11 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Online Learning Journal Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Two 600-word essays Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive written feedback and have the opportunity for face-to-face feedback on all completed assessments and on their plans/drafts. The learning journal provides the opportunity to reflect on the group presentation.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Paolo Acquaviva Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Diana Battaglia Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Manu Braganca Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Farrelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Bettina Migge Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Máire Ní Chiosáin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sandrine Peraldi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tara Plunkett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Joseph Twist Lecturer / Co-Lecturer