European Studies Courses

An quick overview of European Studies at UVic
The European Studies program offers three core courses:

European Studies 100 (fall), 200 (spring), and 300 (spring).
In addition, the European Studies program offers a directed studies course (EUS 390), and the NEW 'European borders without walls' course (EUS 490) which can be taken FOR credit OR as a FREE online course for non-degree students.

The EUS courses are intended for use for students wishing to obtain a Minor in European Studies along with their degree, or for POLI students wishing to add a Concentration in European Studies to their parchment.
Students are encouraged to take at least two of the core courses prior to travelling to the States for the Model EU experience (February each year) or to the EU for EUS390 (the EU Study Tour) (summer semester).

EUS 100 - Fall 2017

Introduction to European studies

The European Union consists of 28 European countries with a combined population of almost 500 million people. The continent has a rich and varied history as the birthplace of many important ideologies, art forms, and political institutions.

This course gives a broad introduction to the areas of study in the European Studies Program by doing a ‘Tour of Europe’. In class, we examine different European countries on their own, as well as in relation to each other and to the EU. In doing so, we focus on key issues and contemporary thinkers associated with the study of European integration. This is an interdisciplinary course, including the areas of politics, history, language, law, and economics. Some topics include the history of modern Europe, the debates and ideas behind the creation of the EU, and the cultural and political ramifications of ‘East-West’ legacies in Europe. The course also examines a number of current events and recent challenges facing the EU, to include the debt crisis, identity politics, and issues surrounding further political integration.

Read the 2017 EUS 100 syllabus.

EUS 200 - Spring 2018

Introduction to European cultures and identities

What is Europe? What does it mean to be ‘European’? This course explores the multifaceted question of European culture and identity by means of an interdisciplinary inquiry into key moments in European history. Our inquiry will take its themes and structure from a virtual tour of the European city (Athens, Rome, Paris, London, Florence, Toledo), with its elusive promise of civilization, civility, and citizenship. Guest speakers from the European Studies faculty will aide us in developing a critical understanding of this complex tradition. 

Thomas Heyd will teach the course in Spring 2018. Read the course description and the lecture schedule for more information.

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EUS 300 - Spring 2018

European integration: Socio-economic and political development

EUS 300 gives a critical introduction to the European Union and the European integration process. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it introduces students to a variety of political, legal, economic and administrative struggles, showing how these contests are reshaping European society. It also connects these transformations to the local and global changes that affect our students’ lives, here in Canada and around the world. Students will learn about the history of the European Union, its institutions, their relationships, and their current challenges, focusing on the key concepts and theories needed to connect this knowledge to their broader studies. This course is suitable for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, and is of particular interest to those seeking a critical, well-rounded introduction to European governance. 

This course is open to all POLI Concentration students, EUS Minor students, or others wishing an upper-level EU focused course. EUS 100 or POLI 211 are recommended, but not required.          

Spring 2018 course outline. Keith Cherry (Law) and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (Public Admin) will team teach this course along with guest speakers.
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EUS 390 - May 2018

Directed studies: EU study tour

European studies 390 consists of directed studies in Europe; this can either be a special topics course, the EU Study Tour, or a special project approved by the EUS Director. Every May, EUS 390 is offered as the EU Study Tour, which starts in Brussels, and takes students on a tour through various important EU institutions, and gives students an opportunity to have “face to face” contact and dialogue with presenters and seminar leaders from the ranks of those actively involved in the day to day work of the EU. Students will also meet with representatives of other European institutions, diplomatic representations to the EU (including Canada), policy think tanks, and civil society organizations. 

The 2018 information will be available soon.

EUS 490 - Fall 2018

Special topics course: European borders without walls: What can the world learn from EU borders and immigration policies?

The recent and ongoing migration situation in and around Europe is forcing European policy makers to address past and future challenges to integration. The decisions they are making will have a long-standing impact on the EU. EUS 490 examines how the responses to the crisis are shaping Europe’s borders, migration and related security policies in exemplary ways from a comparative perspective and context.  

The material for this course develops from an EU funded research programme led by UVic with a network of partners in France, Turkey, Japan and Canada. This network conducts innovative and forward-looking research comparing the EU’s evolving border, migration and security policies to policies in Canada, France, Japan and Turkey. The activities in the course are aimed at engaging the greater public, undergraduate and graduate students, young researchers and professors, along with the policy makers in each community.

The course material draws on research conducted by the network and features 12 units developed by Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly:

  1. General introduction: Defining borders
  2. Is our world a borderless world: Borders in history
  3. Cultures and borders
  4. Political communities and borders
  5. Market and functional linkages and borders
  6. Governments and borders
  7. Security policies and borders
  8. Environmental policies and borders
  9. Immigration and borders
  10. Border disputes
  11. Theorizing borders: Borders as a cultural, social, or political object
  12. Theorizing borders: Borders as a functional object

Each unit uses a video presentation by the professor and includes diverse learning activities including video-clips, short readings, quizzes, and discussion forums. Although it is highly recommended you keep pace with the course, you can follow the course material at your own pace. Participating in a timely manner will provide access to a wide range of debates on the history, culture, economics, sustainability, security and governance of borders.

This course is open on a non-credit basis to professionals in the public and private sector, academics, border and migration scholars, and community members with a strong interest in issues of borders and migration; it is co-funded by the Jean Monnet Network: Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy through the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. 

This course can be taken either FOR CREDIT (through MyPage, EUS 490, 1.5units) or FREE through Continuing Studies.

This course is available for free by registering through Continuing Studies. The course is also open to UVic students as an undergraduate credit course (EUS490 CRN 13832), assessed according to university standards and subject to tuition fees. UVic students please contact  

Innovative team taught courses:

The minor program is designed with team taught core courses, in order to encourage innovative modes of teaching based on multi-disciplinarity and diversity in methodology. Students in the European Studies program are also given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of visits to and internships with European institutions, and in exchange programs with European universities.

Elective courses:

To be eligible, the elective must be at the 300 level or above, with an adequate European component, and can be taken from any department in the faculties of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences.

If you wish to count a course as an elective that is not listed below, please consult with the EUS program coordinator.


Eligible courses in Anthropology:

  • ANTH 332: Anthropology of Euope
  • ANTH 337: Anthropology of Eurasia
  • ANTH 341: Paleolithic Archaeology
  • ANTH 349: Paleolithic Art
  • ANTH 391: Selected Problems in Anthropology: Ethnology
  • ANTH 393: Selected Problems in Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology

Art History and Visual Studies

Eligible courses in Art History and Visual Studies:

  • AHVS 339: The Global Renaissance
  • AHVS 341A: Art in Renaissance Florence
  • AHVS 341C: Michelangelo and Leonardo
  • AHVS 342A: Baroque Art in Italy 1550-1700
  • AHVS 342B: Experiencing Baroque Painting
  • AHVS 343A:Art in Venice 1500-1800
  • AHVS 343B: The 18th Century in Northern Europe
  • AHVS 345: People and Things in the Eerly Modern Domestic Interior
  • AHVS 362A: Modern Art in Europe and North America, 1900-1945
  • AHVS 362B: Art in Europe and North America, 1945-Today
  • AHVS 387A: European and North American Architecture, 1750-1900
  • AHVS 387B: Western Architecture since 1900
  • AHVS 392: Special Topics in Art History and Visual Studies
  • AHVS 447: Advanced Seminar in Early Modern Art, c. 1500-1750
  • AHVS 492: Advanced Studies in Art History and Visual Studies


Eligible courses in Economics:

  • ECON 337: History of Economic Thought to 1870
  • ECON 338: History of Economic Thought since 1870
  • ECON 422: Issues in European Economic Integration


Eligible courses in English:

  • ENGL 337: Medieval British Literature in Translation
  • ENGL 341: Old English Literature
  • ENGL 342: Early Middle English Literature
  • ENGL 343: Later Middle English Literature
  • ENGL 350: Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Literature
  • ENGL 353: Studies in Medieval English Literature
  • ENGL 359: Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose
  • ENGL 364: English Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL 366B: Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies
  • ENGL 366C: Shakespeare: Comedies, Problem Plays, and Romances
  • ENGL 372: Special Studies in 18th Century Literature
  • ENGL 373: English LIterature of the Restoration Period: 1660-1700
  • ENGL 376A: The Beginning of the English Novel: 1660-1750
  • ENGL 376B: The English Novel: 1750 to the Early 19th Century
  • ENGL 379: British Fiction and Non-Fiction of the Early 19th Century
  • ENGL 382: The Romantic Period I
  • ENGL 383: The Romantic Period II
  • ENGL 385: Special Studies in 19th Century British Literature
  • ENGL 386: Victorian Poetry
  • ENGL 387: Victorian Culture and Thought
  • ENGL 388: Special Studies in 20th Century British Literature
  • ENGL 433A: Modern Irish Literature
  • ENGL 433B: Contemporary Irish Literature
  • ENGL 434A: British Poetry from 1914 to 1950
  • ENGL 434B: British Poetryfrom1950 to the Present
  • ENGL 436A: 20th Century British Fiction to World War II
  • ENGL 436B: 20th Century British Fiction after World War II


Eligible courses in French:

  • FRAN 325: Studies in Cultures of the French-speaking World (in English)
  • FRAN 335: Studies in Cinema and Literature of the French-speaking World (in English)
  • FRAN 340: Studies in the Literatures or Languages of the French-speaking World (in English)
  • FRAN 350: Advancd Oral French
  • FRAN 402: An Advanced Language Course in Modern French Usage
  • FRAN 404: History of the French Language I
  • FRAN 405: History of the French Language II
  • FRAN 406: Studies in Translation
  • FRAN 430: Studies in French Literatures and Culture before 1800
  • FRAN 431: Medieval Literature
  • FRAN 432: Common Grounds in European Medieval Literature (in English)
  • FRAN 434: Medieval and Renaissance Theatre
  • FRAN 435: Renaissance Poetry
  • FRAN 436: Renaissance Prose
  • FRAN 444: 18th Century French Literature and Culture
  • FRAN 450: Studies in French Literature and Culture after 1800
  • FRAN 452: French Romanticism
  • FRAN 453: Decadence and Symbolism
  • FRAN 456: 20th-Century French Theatre
  • FRAN 457: Breaking New Ground after Extentialism
  • FRAN 470: Studies in Culture, Literature or Language of the French-speaking World


Eligible courses in Geography:

  • GEOG 308: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 314: Global Environment Change and Human Response

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Eligible courses in Germanic Studies and Slavic Studies:

  • GMST 165: Major Figures of German-Speaking Cultures
  • GMST 260: The Development of Modern German-Speaking Cultures
  • GMST 301: Intercultural Explorations (in German)
  • GMST 302: Intercultural Diversity (in German)
  • GMST 353: Literature and Film of the Holocaust and "Third Reich"
  • GMST 401: Topics in Popular Culture (in German)
  • GMST 450: Major Filmmakers
  • GMST 453: After-Images of the Holocaust in Text and Film
  • GMST 499: Honours Graduating Essay
  • SLST 301: Advanced Russian
  • SLST 303: Russian Popular Culture (in Russian)
  • SLST 350: Introduction to Russian Film
  • SLST 351: Forbidden Books, Forbidden Films
  • SLST 361: Imperial Russia, 1689-1917
  • SLST 363/HIST 377: Modern Ukraine
  • SLST 364: Eastern Europe through Western Eyes
  • SLST 401: Advanced Russian Practice

Greek and Roman Studies

Eligible courses in Greek and Roman Studies:

  • GREE 301: Greek Epic
  • GREE 302: Greek Tragedy
  • GREE 303: Greek Historians
  • GREE 304: Plato
  • GREE 305: Greek Orators
  • GREE 306: Greek Comedy
  • GRS 316: Greek and Roman Novels and Romances
  • GRS 320: Greek Tragedy
  • GRS 323: Ancient Comedy and Satire
  • GRS 325A: Topics in Greek Literature
  • GRS 325B: Topics in Roman Literature
  • GRS 326A: Topics in Greek Civilization
  • GRS 326B: Topics in Roman Civilization
  • GRS 328: Myth and Theory
  • GRS 332: Social and Economic History of Greece
  • GRS 334: Democracy and the Greeks
  • GRS 335: Women in the Greek and Roman World
  • GRS 342: Roman Society
  • GRS 348: The City of Rome
  • GRS 349: Jews and Christians in the Roman World
  • GRS 371: Art and Architecure of Ancient Greece and the Aegean
  • GRS 372: Art and Architecture of the Roman World
  • GRS 376: Ancient Technology
  • GRS 377: Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World
  • GRS 379: Early Greek Thought
  • GRS 380: The Life and Times of Socrates
  • GRS 381: Greeek and Roman Religion
  • GRS 442: Roman Law and Society
  • GRS 461: Greece and the Near East
  • GRS 462: Archaeology of Athens
  • GRS 480: Seminar in Ancient History and Archaeology
  • GRS 493: Directed Study in Greek or Roman Civilization
  • GRS 495: Archaeology Filed Work Seminar


Eligible courses in History:

  • British

  • HIST 320: Seminar in Medieval England
  • HIST 320A: Crime and Criminality in Medieval England
  • HIST 321: Tudor-Stuart England
  • HIST 328A: Death and the Afterlife in England 1200-1750
  • HIST 328B: Death and the Afterlife in Englad 1750-Present
  • HIST 329: Power and Popular Culture in England 1300-1900
  • HIST 330: The Bloody Code: Crime in England 1660-1800
  • HIST 338: Seminar in British History
  • HIST 339: Topics in British History
  • European

  • HIST 360: The Renaissance
  • HIST 361: The Reformation
  • HIST 362: Europe from Louis XIV to the French Revolution
  • HIST 363: Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe 1789-1815
  • HIST 364A: France and International Relations 1814-1914
  • HIST 364B: France and International Relations 1914-1982
  • HIST 365: Democracy, War and Nation Building in Europe 1814-1914
  • HIST 366: Europe Between Two World Wars
  • HIST 367: The Second World War and the Recovery of Western Europe
  • HIST 369: France from the Renaissance to Louis XIV
  • HIST 370A: Reaction, Reform and Revolution in France 1814-1914
  • HIST 370B: Reaction, Reform and Revolution in France 1914-1982
  • HIST 371A: Image and Reality: Scandals in France 1785-1870
  • HIST 371B: Image and Reality: Scandals in France 1870-1982
  • HIST 372: Imperial Germany
  • HIST 373: Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • HIST 374: Imperial Russia 1689-1917
  • HIST 376: The Soviet Union and its Successor States 1917-2000
  • HIST 377: Modern Ukraine
  • HIST 380A: Seminar in Medieval Europe
  • HIST 380D: Individual, Family and Community in Medieval Society
  • HIST 380E: Medieval Foundations of the Western Legal Tradition
  • HIST 380G: Medieval Law and Literacy
  • HIST 382A: The Scientific Revolution
  • HIST 382B: The Origins of Modernity
  • HIST 383A: The Enlightenment in Britain
  • HIST 383B: The Enlightenment in Europe
  • HIST 386: Criminality and Violence in Europe 1400-1800
  • HIST 388: Topics in European History
  • HIST 390: War in the Modern World 1755-Present
  • HIST 392: Seminar in the Histroy of the Second World War
  • HIST 393: Topics in the Historical Study of Peace and War
  • HIST 394: Seminar in Peace and War Studies
  • HIST 396: Topics in the History of Science


Eligible courses in Italian:

  • ITAL 306: Italian Culture (in English)
  • ITAL 350: Advanced Italian Grammar
  • ITAL 351: Advanced Italian Language
  • ITAL 470: Dante's Divine Comedy
  • ITAL 474: Italian Comic Theatre
  • ITAL 478: Topics in Modern Italian Literature
  • ITAL 479A: Women in the Hispanic and Italian World
  • ITAL 485: Topics in Italian Film
  • ITAL 495: Directed Reading


Eligible courses in Latin:

  • LATI 301: Vergil
  • LATI 306: Horace
  • LATI 307: Historians of the Republic
  • LATI 308: Cicero
  • LATI 309: Ovid
  • LATI 310: Roman Love Poetry
  • LATI 350: Medieval Latin

Medieval Studies

Eligible courses in Medieval Studies:

  • MEDI 303: The Medieval World
  • MEDI 304: Medieval Studies
  • MEDI 360: Selected Topics in Medeival Culture (only when on European topics)
  • MEDI 401: Seminar in Medieval Culture (only when on Eureopean topics)
  • MEDI 402: Cross-Cultural Encounters and Exchanges (only when on European topics)
  • MEDI 442: Common Grounds in European Medieval Literature
  • MEDI 451: Reading, Writing and the Book in the Medieval World
  • MEDI 452: Selected Topics in Medieval Manuscript Studies

Mediterranean Studies

Eligible courses in Mediterranean Studies:

  • MEST 300: Unity and Diversity in the Mediterranean (in English)
  • MEST 308: Fascism in the Hispanic and Italian World (in English)
  • MEST 310: The Portrayal of the Family in Mediterranean Culture (in English)


Eligible courses in Music:

  • MUS 322: A Composer's Style and Music
  • MUS 323: Forms and Genres in Music
  • MUS 391: Cross-Cultural and Historical Topics in Music
  • MUS 421: Selected Topics in Music History (depending on topics, varies year by year)


Eligible courses in Philosophy:

  • PHIL 301: Plato
  • PHIL 303: Aristotle
  • PHIL 305A: Early Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 305B: Later Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 306: The Rationalists
  • PHIL 307: Hellenistic Philosophy
  • PHIL 308: The Empiricists
  • PHIL 309: Kant
  • PHIL 311: Existentialist Thinkers
  • PHIL 379: Early Greek Thought
  • PHIL 383: The Life and Times of Socrates

Political Science

Eligible courses in Political Science:

  • POLI 300A: Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
  • POLI 300B: Early Modern Political Thought
  • POLI 300C: Post-Enlightenment Political Thought
  • POLI 306: Introduction to Marxism
  • POLI 311: Governments and Politics in Europe
  • POLI 319: Issues in Comparative Politics (if sufficient European content)
  • POLI 349: Issues in International Politics (if sufficient European content)
  • POLI 379: Topics in Contemporary European Politics
  • POLI 414: Politics in the European Union (seminar course)


Eligible courses in Spanish:

  • SPAN 340: Spanish Immersion Literature
  • SPAN 350A: Advanced Composition, Translation and Stylistics I
  • SPAN 350B: Advanced Composition, Translation and Stylistics II
  • SPAN 370: Survey of Spanish Literature from Origins to 1700
  • SPAN 375: Survey of Spanish Literature since 1700
  • SPAN 470: Medieval Literature
  • SPAN 472: Cervantes' Don Quixote
  • SPAN 473A: Prose of the Golden Age
  • SPAN 473C: Drama of the Golden Age
  • SPAN 475: Landscapes of Desire: Visions of Self and Country
  • SPAN 476A: Spanish Literature in the 19th Century
  • SPAN 476C: Literature of Renewal: Prose and Poetry of Spanish Fin De Siglo
  • SPAN 478A: The Spanish Novel from the Civil War to the Present
  • SPAN 478B: 20th Century Drama and Poetry
  • SPAN 478C: Special Topics in Modern Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 479A: Women in the Hispanic and Italian World


Eligible courses in Theatre:

  • THEA 309A: History of Opera to the Late 19th Century
  • THEA 309B: Modern Opera
  • THEA 314: Studies in Theatre of the Ancient World
  • THEA 315: Studies in Medieval Theatre
  • THEA 317: Studies in 19th Century Theatre
  • THEA 319: Studies in Renaissance Theatre
  • THEA 410: Seminar in Theatre History III (depending on topic, varies)