Free course

Who are Europeans?

Free statement of participation on completion

What is Europe and what defines a European? This free course, Who are Europeans?, looks at the development of identities within Europe and the European Union. You will assess the mechanisms through which a new identity commitment is being formed and the limitations of and oppositions to this process. Can a genuine European identity ever be created in an expanding multicultural European Union?

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise that ‘European identity’ is a socially constructed attribute
  • appreciate the basis for the unities as well as the divisions among Europeans
  • understand the ways European identities are assessed and measured
  • appreciate the key role of ‘culture’ in the organisation of a common European identity
  • understand that European identity could be a bottom-up process as well as a top-down one.