BSocSc (Hons) in European Studies
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Programme Requirements

I. Major Required Courses36 units
European Language (French or German) Studies:
Either
expand_moreFREN 1008-9 European Language in Context I (French)
Or
expand_moreGERM 1008-9 European Language in Context I (German)
16 units

FREN 1008-9(8,6,6)

This course is designed for the French stream of the European Studies programme. It seeks to introduce the French languages in the context of living, studying and working in the French speaking areas of Europe. At the end of this course students achieve the A2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as laid down by the Council of Europe.

GERM 1008-9(8,4,8)

This course is designed for the German stream of the European Studies programme. It seeks to introduce the German languages in the context of living, studying and working in the German speaking areas of Europe. At the end of this course students achieve the A2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as laid down by the Council of Europe.

Either
expand_moreFREN 2008-9 European Language in Context II (French)
Or
expand_moreGERM 2008-9 European Language in Context II (German)
16 units

FREN 2008-9(8,6,6)

Prerequisite: FREN 1008-9 European Language in Context I (French)

This course is the continuation of FREN 1008-9 and aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue academic studies as well as internships in France during year III. To this end, the course will help the students to: reach a sufficient and autonomous level in spoken/written French language; collect useful information about French civilization and contemporary society; and last but not least, acquire the right attitudes that will enhance their learning and communication strategies. Students at the end of this course achieve the B2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as laid down by the Council of Europe.

GERM 2008-9(8,4,8)

Prerequisite: GERM 1008-9 European Language in Context I (German)

This course is the continuation of GERM 1008-9 and aims to equip students to pursue academic studies as well as internships in the German speaking areas of Europe during year III. To this end, the course will help the students to reach a sufficient and autonomous level in spoken and written German language; collect useful information about German civilization and contemporary society; and last but not the least, acquire the right attitudes that will enhance their learning and communication strategies. Students at the end of this course achieve the B2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) laid down by the Council of Europe.

Either
expand_moreFREN 4008-9 European Language in Context III (French)
Or
expand_moreGERM 4008-9 European Language in Context III (German)
4 units

FREN 4008-9(2,2,0)

Prerequisite: FREN 1008-9 European Language in Context I (French) and FREN 2008-9 European Language in Context II (French)

This language course is based upon the experience and knowledge acquired by the students during one year in a European French- speaking country. That is why at the very beginning of the first semester, a test will be given to assess the students� proficiency in oral and written French. The results of this test will determine the content, organization and progression in the course, which may vary from year to year. Nevertheless, the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing will always remain the main components of this course.
The students are expected to be able to talk about various aspects of European French-speaking countries (social, economic, political, etc.) studied in EURO 4015 Contemporary European Societies II: questions d�actualit as well as of Hong Kong/ mainland China in a correct and adequate style. They are also requested to make an oral presentation about the topic chosen for their Honours Project dissertation, which is to be followed by a group discussion. Small activity workshops will be set up in which the students will improve their writing skills (syntax, style, grammar, etc.) according to their needs in the perspective of the preparation of their Honours Project dissertation.

GERM 4008-9(2,2,0)

Prerequisite: Internship year in Europe or equivalent

Depending on the acquisitional level reached during their internship year abroad, students will further develop their oral/aural and reading/writing skills within an integrated communicative approach. The course will systematically focus on topics related to the social sciences (German area studies) and students� own research for the honours projects. Remedial work on selected grammatical aspects on the upper-intermediate level will be included. The class is held entirely in German. Up-todate reading lists and structured assignments will be presented each semester on the course homepage. This course is open to European Studies majors only.

European Area Studies:
expand_moreEURO 1008 Europe: Unity and Diversity I
expand_moreEURO 1009 Europe: Unity and Diversity II

3 units
3 units

EURO 1008(3,2,1)

This is the first part of a two-semester course which provides students with the necessary initial background knowledge of Europe as a whole. It seeks to stimulate the students� interest by looking at European history through the particular prism of the shifting balance between unity and diversity, concentrating on particular turning points. It introduces students to the various definitions of �Europe� and Europe�s historical roots in the antique Mediterranean civilizations. The synthesis of the Greco- Roman and Christian with the Germanic heritages in the Middle Ages and the subsequent Renaissance laid the foundations for the culturally multi-faceted modern European societies, which nonetheless share a common tradition in thought and action.

EURO 1009(3,2,1)

Prerequisite: EURO 1008 Europe: Unity and Diversity I or equivalent

This course is a continuation of EURO 1008. It will focus on early modern Europe from the 16th to 18th centuries. It discusses the gradual emergence of a �European model of development� characterized by representative forms of government, essential freedom of economic activity and protection of private property rights, as well as a set of cultural values stimulating growth and social development.
The course will discuss the formation of European composite and (eventually) nation states and their interminable domestic and external conflicts, which crucially led to the projection of European power overseas. It will analyse cultural conflicts attendant to the break-up of medieval Christian unity, and the rise of national and regional diversities still extant today. In the process, two competing models of societies evolved: an essentially market-driven, potentially liberal, decentralized structure, and a conservative-autocratic model of governance, typified here by the Dutch United Provinces and the kingdom of France, respectively. Out of their conflicts arose the all-European cultural movement called the Enlightenment, which arguably remains the single most important source for the values and principles on which the modern European Union and a common European identity are founded.

Either
expand_moreEURO 2005 Contemporary European Societies I: The French-Speaking Countries
Or
expand_moreEURO 2006 Contemporary European Societies I: The German-Speaking Countries
3 units

EURO 2005(3,2,1)

Prerequisite: EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity

This course will enable students to acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of the main features of French-speaking countries of Europe (France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland). It will prepare them for their stay in Europe during Year III by training them to critically evaluate the social, political, cultural and economic conditions in these countries. It will also help them to elaborate the conceptual framework to be used when gathering information in Europe for the final year Honours Project.

EURO 2006(3,2,1)

Prerequisite: EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity

This is the first part of a course, which spans the internship year in Europe. It acquaints students with salient characteristics of the social, cultural, political and economic life in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as these have a direct impact on individual life styles and life experiences. The course also prepares students to gather and systematize HP-relevant information during their third year in Europe.

expand_moreEURO 2007 The Political Economy of the European Union3 units

EURO 2007(3,2,1)

This is a course which examines the causes and historical evolution of European integration and looks analytically at the institutions and the policies of the European Union. It provides a focused examination of the political economy of European integration, highlighting the dynamic relationship between economic and political integration and the respective roles of the member states, the EU institutions, and the market. Moreover, it highlights the complexities and difficulties in constructing a European constitutional order and offers a critical examination of the process of institutional building. It provides a critical review of the main theoretical contributions to the debate on European integration, and explores the prospects for the enlarged EU in the post-communist era.

Either
expand_morePOLS 2205 European Politics and Society: French Political and Government System
Or
expand_morePOLS 2206 European Politics and Society: German Political Systems and Society
3 units

POLS 2205(3,2,1)

Prerequisite: EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity or POLS 1005 Foundations of Political Science

After a brief presentation of the legacy of the past (i.e. the French Revolution and the various regimes which followed), the core of the course is an examination of the evolution of the French political and government system from the unstable structures of the Fourth Republic to the more effective presidential regime that exists today.
Basic concepts of political science, theories and methodologies acquired in POLS 1510 Foundations of Political Science are applied here to the study and analysis of one of the major nation states in Europe.

POLS 2206(3,2,1)

Prerequisite: EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity or POLS 1005 Foundations of Political Science

The course studies the structure of successive political systems in Germany within their historical context. Special emphasis will be placed on the traumatic experience of the Third Reich, its origins and its consequences in the post-war construction of a �socialconstitutional state�, a �social market economy�, and the current multi-tiered political system of the Federal Republic of Germany, as it is embedded today in the European Union.

expand_moreEURO 4005 Current Issues of European Integration3 units

EURO 4005(3,2,1)

This course aims at offering students a clear overview of the economic, political, social and diplomatic issues raised by recent institutional developments of the European Union. On the one hand, it consolidates knowledge of institutional structures and key policy-making processes in the recent years. On the other, it raises critical awareness of the deeper theoretical and practical questions these developments pose. One of the main components of the course is the growing importance of globalization and the opening of Europe to other regions of the world, in particular China and East-Asia. The course integrates theoretical perspectives and case studies.

Either
expand_moreEURO 4006 European Economic & Business Life: travailler en contexte international
Or
expand_moreEURO 4007 European Economic & Business Life: Wirtschaft in Wandel/Deutsch-chinesische Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
3 units

EURO 4006(3,3,0)

Prerequisite: FREN 4008 European Language in Context III (French) and EURO 4015 Contemporary European Societies II: questions d�actualit� or equivalent


This is mainly a project-based course in which students will use Web resources to set up a simulated professional situation involving representatives from the French-speaking European countries and their international partners (from Hong Kong and/ or the People�s Republic of China).
Students are expected to develop their knowledge about the business world and its environment and to acquire a �knowhow� tool set in an occupational context. The course will also enhance the students� communication and interpersonal skills in an international professional setting, with a special focus on the French-language work environment. These multi-faceted competencies will build a savoir d�action (�how to act�) transferable for successful transitions to work, and ultimately, careers within global companies/organizations.

EURO 4007(3,3,0)

Prerequisite: GERM 4008 European Language in Context III (German) and EURO 4016 Contemporary European Societies II: Struktur und Zukunft der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft or equivalent

This course discusses recent developmental trends in the economies of German-speaking Europe and, in particular, economic relations between China/Hong Kong and the Germanspeaking countries. It will look at specific business processes and current issues affecting enterprises in Europe and China/ Hong Kong. Its objective is to familiarize students with actual business challenges arising from general political and economic changes, thereby providing insights into potential career fields for graduates.
The course may include guest speakers from the business sector and visits to enterprises and business-related institutions in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.
The course is held entirely in German.

Either
expand_moreEURO 4015 Contemporary European Societies II: questions d'actualite
Or
expand_moreEURO 4016 Contemporary European Societies II: Struktur und Zukunft der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft
3 units

EURO 4015(3,2,1)

Prerequisite: EURO 2005 Contemporary European Societies I: The French-Speaking Countries and Internship year in French-speaking Europe or equivalent or Ability to use French for Academic Purposes in speech, writing and reading

This is the second part of a course which spans the year in Europe and builds on the themes examined in the first part (EURO 2005) in the light of students� living and learning experience in a European French-speaking country. The course outline varies from year to year, since it consists of a review of the current events and trends to be observed in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in the social, political and economic field. Support materials mainly comprise the latest press articles and various official and non-governmental institutions� data available online in French.

EURO 4016(3,3,0)

Prerequisite: EURO 2006 Contemporary European Societies I: The German-Speaking Countries and Internship year in German-speaking Europe or equivalent or Ability to use German for Academic Purposes in speech, reading and writing

This course examines the economies of the German-speaking area of Europe from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on the German �Social Market Economy�. Where appropriate, it takes students� working experience in Year III internships into account. Based on earlier traditions, the Federal Republic of Germany purposely developed a specific political and economic system, the �Social Market Economy�. It created an extensive welfare state, but also institutions, which emphasized non-confrontational, cooperative action of employers and employees within a free market. Austria and Switzerland pursued similar strategies. These neo-corporatist structures underpinned the post-war �economic miracles� and decisively shaped contemporary culture.
In recent years, however, SMEs face serious challenges. Social services expansion outpaced economic growth. The systems became too costly and are further affected by demographic trends, structural change in the industry and attendant unemployment, European integration and the globalization of trade and capital markets. Germany has also had to cope with the unforeseen cost of reunification. As a consequence, the SMEs are undergoing lengthy and painful reforms. New industrial, labour, fiscal and educational policies are pursued to sustain the development of globally competitive, �post-industrial� service economies, while at the same time trying to retain as much as possible the original consensus models.
This course is held entirely in German.

II. Honours Project6 units
expand_moreEURO 4898-9 Honours Project (European Studies)6 units

EURO 4898-9(6,*,*)

Prerequisite: Year IV Standing in the European Studies major

The Honours Project is an independent academic research project about a topic chosen and produced individually by the student under the supervision of a member of staff. The topic should fall within the general area of social sciences, with an emphasis on Europe and/or the geographic areas covered in the European Studies programme.

III. European Academic / Internship Semesters21 units
expand_moreEURO 3008 European Academic/Internship Semesters I
expand_moreEURO 3009 European Academic/Internship Semesters II

9 units
12 units

EURO 3008-9(21,*,*)

Prerequisite: FREN 2009 European Language in Context II (French) or GERM 2009 European Language in Context II (German) and sufficient GPA in Year II

The European Academic/Internship Semester provides full linguistic and cultural immersion into the societies of French- or German-speaking countries through a combination of intensive language training, academic study and, whenever feasible, supervised working experience on location in Europe. Semester I is usually spent at a university. Semester II is spent at a university and/or a work placement (internship/traineeship) in a private company or public institution.
Students will be placed individually or in very small groups at selected partner institutions of the European Studies Course/the Department of GIS. The course of study will normally comprise intensive foreign language tuition (French or German) and selected academic courses, as they are available at the respective partner institutions. In case of internships, students will be placed individually with the assistance of the programme co-ordinators. Internships may vary in length but shall not extend six months of duration. Internship placements are subject to availability of places, suitability of the student and approval by host companies.

IV. General Education Courses38 units
V. Free Electives3 units