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Understanding Europe


“Europe: In uno plures? Many within one?”

Chris Shore (University professor)


Teacher: Angel L. Vidal-Alonso          Lessons: 4 /week


It is the aim of this class to:

  • Introduce students to key themes in European culture, history and politics from the 19th to the 21st century and to give a bird’s-eye view of major trends in culture and arts (from visual arts to literature and including music, cinema, architecture and design) within the European historical and political context.
  • To be able to appreciate and understand the fascinating diversity of Europe form the cultural, historical and political point of view.


The class will focus on an analysis and interpretation of selected trends and issues from European culture, history and politics since middle of the 19th century until today. We will discuss and understand in which degree artworks and cultural trends are influenced by history and politics and how Europe culture, history and politics has influenced and influence –in positive and negative- other cultures. We will also discuss how other cultures have influenced and influence European cultural & political environment. We will pay special attention to the countries that will be visited during the “excursion week” in Europe.
The learning methods will include lectures, group work, class discussion based on audio-visual material, handouts, etc. We will also do research work, individually and in groups.


International People's College, Montebello Allé 1, 3000 Helsingør, +45 49 21 33 61