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Examining European democracy, dictatorship, war and revolution

Course

Democracies and Dictatorships in Europe in the 20th Century

7.5 credits

AS2019

100%

Campus

This course provides basic understanding of the key events of the 20th century, including the world wars, communist revolutions, European dictatorships and democracies and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. You will analyse the economic, ideological and social factors underlying these changes, and how they were influenced by historical events.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Analysing the past for keys to the future Studying historical events helps you see and analyse complex sequences of events from overall and long-term perspectives. Many people who have studied History choose to work as teachers or researchers, or in museums or in the heritage sector. The subject is also suitable if you want to work as a journalist, external analyst or in public administration.
Examine and analyse the key events of the last century This course examines the key events of the 20th century, including the world wars, communist revolutions, European dictatorships and democracies and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. Through the critical examination of both secondary and primary sources, you will learn to describe key political events and actors and events in 20th century European and Soviet history, using central themes and focusing on the rise and fall of dictatorships and democracies. You will also explain European history against the background of important ideological constructs, including liberalism, socialism, nationalism and fascism, and take different perspectives on the historical interpretations of events in modern European history. The course provides examples of, and explains, major causal relationships and turning points in modern European economic, social and political history, and you will analyse the economic, ideological and social factors underlying these changes, as well as how these factors have themselves been influenced by historical turning-points. Course design Teaching is conducted through a combination of lectures and seminars, and may also take place outside the university, e.g. in museums. The course is examined through oral and written seminar assignments, active and well-prepared participation in seminars and exercises, and a written take-home exam.
Tools for understanding and analysis History provides knowledge to help you understand the world we live in, as well as the tools to analyse it. Investigating and explaining historical processes, events and decisions help us understand contemporary society and major societal issues. For example, a historical perspective on current societal phenomena can show us the changes that have taken place and led us to where we are today.