HIST 2085 - Protest and Revolution in Modern Europe

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course focuses on the role of protest and revolution in shaping modern Europe. By looking at a number of case studies, from the anti-Nazi uprisings at the end of World War II to street protests and riots in contemporary Europe, the course will explore the causes, the course and the consequences of political protest movements. Under what circumstances do such protest movements emerge? What methods are used by governments to neutralise or suppress mass protest? When, and for what reasons, do protest movements succeed in bringing about lasting change?

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HIST 2085
    Course Protest and Revolution in Modern Europe
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study
    Course Description This course focuses on the role of protest and revolution in shaping modern Europe. By looking at a number of case studies, from the anti-Nazi uprisings at the end of World War II to street protests and riots in contemporary Europe, the course will explore the causes, the course and the consequences of political protest movements. Under what circumstances do such protest movements emerge? What methods are used by governments to neutralise or suppress mass protest? When, and for what reasons, do protest movements succeed in bringing about lasting change?
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gareth Pritchard

    Room 406 Napier Building
    Telephone: 8313 4529
    Email: gareth.pritchard@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The course consists of three contact hours per week. Formal contact hours include lectures, large-group discussions and tutorials.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
    1 A broad knowledge of the history of protest and revolution in modern Europe from 1943 to the present day.
    2 An understanding of the main conceptual approaches to the interpretation of protest and revolution.
    3 The ability to identify, access, contextualise and evaluate a wide variety of relevant primary and secondary sources.
    4 The ability to construct evidence-based arguments about the causes, course and consequences of protest and revolution in various formats and in a planned and timely manner.
    5 The ability to communicate ideas effectively both in writing and orally.
    6 Proficiency in the use of relevant technologies to accumulate and analyse data and to present findings.
    7 Knowledge of the conventions concerning scholarly debate and the presentation of arguments and the ability to apply these conventions in relevant contexts.
    8 An awareness of the relationship between protest and revolution and underlying issues of social justice both in the past and in the present day.
    9 The ability to conceptualise and execute a substantial and analytically sophisticated research project on some aspect of protest and revolution in modern Europe.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 9
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6, 9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7, 9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 9
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Tony Judt, Postwar (London: Penguin, 2010)
    Available at the University of Adelaide Bookshop

    Recommended Resources
    The following general histories of modern Europe are very useful because they contain short sections or chapters on most of the protests and revolutions that we cover in this course.

    Buchanan, T., Europe’s Troubled Peace, 1945-2000 (2006) 940.5 B9189e

    Crampton, R.J., Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century (1994) 947.084 C889e E-Book

    Hitchcock, W.I., The Struggle for Europe (2004) 940.55 H674s

    Horn, G.R. and Kenney, P., Transnational Moments of Change: Europe 1945, 1968, 1989 (2004) 940.55 H8134t

    Larres, K., A Companion to Europe since 1945 (2009) 940.55 L333c

    Swain, G. and Swain, N., Eastern Europe Since 1945 (2009) 335.430947 S971e.4 E-book

    Urwin, D.W., A Dictionary of European History and Politics, 1945-1995 (1996) 940.5503 U83d

    Urwin, D.W., Western Europe since 1945 (1997) 940.55 U83.3

    Wegs, J.R., Europe Since 1945: A Concise History (2006) 940.55 W412e.4
    Online Learning
    This course is fully supported on Myuni, where you will find bibliographies, links, videos, quizzes etc. All lectures are recorded and made available on Myuni. There are hundreds of relevant websites, many of which are listed in the course bibliography (available on Myuni).

    An important part of the course involves using our knowledge of modern European history, and of theories of protest and revolution, to interpret popular protest in Europe today. Students are strongly advised to try to an eye on news websites. Particularly recommended are:

    Aljazeera (Europe) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/
    BBC New (Europe) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/europe/
    BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
    Spiegel Online http://www.spiegel.de/international/
    The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
    The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Every week you will have three hours of formal classes. These will include traditional lectures, interactive lectures and tutorials. In addition to formal class hours, there will also be regular office hours and opportunities to meet with the lecturer or tutor on a one-to-one basis. Myuni will be used as an interactive tool to facilitate your learning. How much use you make of it will be up to you, but you will find there a wide range of tools and resources.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Formal contact hours 36 hours
    Preparatory activities for classes 12 hours
    Research and writing of assignments 78 hours
    General reading and private study 30 hours

    N.B. Apart from the 36 hours of formal contact (lectures and tutorials), the time assigned for other activities is only indicative. An important principle of this course is that students take responsibility for their own learning, and have the freedom to use the alloted time as they see fit.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures are designed to give you the 'big picture'. Some of the lectures will include class discussion and debate, and you may be given short preparatory exercises. Tutorials will look in more depth at the issues raised in the lectures, and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion. Most of our activities will be based around questions and problem solving.

    Topics that we will cover in the course include: Antifascist resistance and protest at the end of World War II; Communist protest in Western and Southern Europe, 1944-49 (especially the Greek Civil War); Anti-Communist resistance in Eastern Europe, 1944-50 (especially armed resistance in Poland, the Baltic States and Ukraine); Anti-Stalinist protest and revolution in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Poland and Hungary, 1953-56; Youth rebellion in the 1950s; Student protest in the 1960s and 1970s (including the emergence of the feminist and gay rights movements, and left-wing terrorism in France, Italy and West Germany); Workers' unrest and strikes, 1968-85 (especially in Britain and Poland); Nationalist protest movements and terrorism in Northern Ireland, the Basque lands, Brittany and Wales; The anti-Communist revolutions of 1989 in East-Central Europe; The "Colour Revolutions" of 2000-2005 in Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine; Protest in contemporary Europe, including youth riots, anti-war and anti-austerity protests.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements for HIST2085 Protest and Revolution in Modern Europe.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    In the tutorials, students will be divided into small groups and each group will be asked to do some research on protest and revolution in a particular European country since 2000. Each member of each group will be required to give a short oral presentation on some aspect or episode of protest and revolution in that country. Though the presentations will be linked to this group project, they will be assessed individually.

    In addition to this formal element of small-group discovery, there will also be plenty of opportunity for small-group work in tutorials and interactive lectures.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment regime for this course consists of an oral presentation, two short written assignments and a research project.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    There are no specific assessment requirements for HIST2085 Protest and Revolution in Modern Europe.
    Assessment Detail
    The various assessments are designed to link together to form a coherent whole. The main assessment, which is submitted at the end of the course, consists of a research project on some aspect of protest and revolution in modern Euruope. The other assessments (oral presentation and written assignments) are designed to build your knowledge of relevant factual information and theoretical approaches. Your research project can be on almost any theme providing it is comparative (i.e. it must look at your chosen theme across a range of the protest events and revolutions that we cover in the course).
    All your assignments (with the exception of the oral presentation) will be submitted electronically. Full details on how to do this, as well as formatting guidelines, information about extensions, penalties for late submission etc. will be given to you at the start of the course.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    For more detail, please see the course handbook for HIST2085, which will be available on Myuni.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Information on submission details will be given to you at the start of the course, and will be available in the course handbook that will be published on Myuni.
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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    At the end of the course, you will receive a written response to the comments you made in your SELT questionnaires.
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