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.