Minor Programme in European Studies

Programme Requirements

Elective Courses (five courses from the following)15 units
expand_moreEURO 2005 Contemporary European Societies I: The French-Speaking Countries3 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.

expand_moreEURO 2006 Contemporary European Societies I: The German-Speaking Countries3 units

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.

expand_moreEURO 2015 Model European Union3 units

EURO 2015(3,2,1)

This course seeks to familiarize students with the framework and procedures of international negotiations. It presents the participants with a unique chance of taking part in a simulation of European Council (summit) meetings and thereby gaining �hands-on� experience in perparing for and conducting multicountry political deliberations about current real-life issues. In the process, they will also study in a comparative perspective the political, economic and social backgrounds of European Union member states. The simulation systematically encourages peer learning. The negotiations will include three levels of bargaining: interpersonal, national and international, as participants will be acting as Heads of Governments of all existing EU member states, required to reach political consensus at the end of the simulation.

expand_moreEURO 2115 Summer Course in the EU3 units

EURO 2115

Students may also choose to enroll on summer programme in the European Union (EU) approved by the International Office, HKBU and obtain some units of transfer to count towards the fulfillment of the minor programme requirements. After completing the summer programme, students can apply for transfer of units for EUR02115 'Summer Course in the EU' (3 units).

expand_moreEURO 2116 European Language, Culture and Area Studies (Social Sciences) in the EU6 units

EURO 2116

Students may also choose to enroll on exchange programme in the European Union (EU) approved by the International Office, HKBU and obtain some units of transfer to count towards the fulfillment of the minor programme requirements. After completing the exchange programme, students can apply for transfer of units for EUR02116 'European Language, Culture and Area Studies (Social Sciences) in the EU' (6 units).

expand_moreEURO 3205 Comparative Politics of Post-Communist Central Europe3 units

EURO 3205(3,2,1)

This is a course which examines new European Union Members States in Central Europe (in particular, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) from both historical and comparative perspectives. It begins with a discussion of the nature and weaknesses of the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe and the causes and processes leading to the 1989 upheavals in the region. It then considers the paradoxes and obstacles in the course of post-Communist transitions to democracy, the market economy and the civil society. The key issues of democratic consolidation and pro-market transformation will be addressed.

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.

expand_morePOLS 2205 European Politics and Society: French Political and Government System3 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.

expand_morePOLS 2206 European Politics and Society: German Political Systems and Society3 units

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_morePOLS 3207 Government & Politics of the United Kingdom3 units

POLS 3207(3,2,1)

This is a course which intends to examine the growth and workings of the British system of parliamentary government. It identifies the key features of the British political and administrative systems, seeks to explain both the changes and the continuities within British politics, and examines the various pressures and challenges to which it is currently exposed under the New Labour government from Blair to Brown. It also discusses the British approach to European integration since 1945.

expand_morePOLS 4215 Contemporary Europe & Asia3 units

POLS 4215(3,2,1)

This is a course designed to integrate the study of Europe with a knowledge of Europe�s relations with Asia since 1945. Emphasis is on the post-colonial development of Asian states� ties with Europe, and with Europeans� economic, political, and cultural exchanges with Asia. The problems posed to Euro-Asian relations by relict anti-colonialism, by Cold War rivalries and by geostrategic political economic competition will be examined within the framework of both continents� internal/external dynamics and the development of world trade, communication, and cultural interchange. The increased movement of Asian peoples to Europe and Europeans� renewed movement into Asia as part of the global processes and trends of the forecast �Asia-Pacific 21st Century� will be examined.

expand_morePOLS 4246 Topics in European Politics3 units

POLS 4246(3,2,1)

The course is intentionally designed to be flexible in order to allow discussion of a range of contemporary issues in European politics.