European Culture from the Mid 18th to the Mid 19th Century (EURO*1200) | College of Arts

European Culture from the Mid 18th to the Mid 19th Century (EURO*1200)

Code and section: EURO*1200*01

Term: Winter 2017

Instructor: P. Mayer


Course objectives: This course explores developments in European culture from the mid 18th to the mid 19th century, paying particular attention to the time of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. A central theme will be the interaction between political events and cultural trends in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Literature, the visual arts, music and philosophy will be considered. Texts studied are in English translation.


Learning outcomes:  Given that students invest the time and effort necessary, at the end of the course they should be able to:

  • read a literary or philosophical text critically, identifying its aims and strategies
  • produce a well-structured account of the arguments in the texts they read
  • formulate their own arguments about literary or philosophical texts with

          appropriate proofs

  • identify the defining themes of the cultural movements studied


Student Responsibilities

  • to come to class prepared (both for lectures and for seminars)
  • to participate in class discussions
  • to complete work assigned on time
  • to complete course requirements
  • to help maintain an environment conducive to learning:
    • refrain from creating distractions (noise or visual distractions)
    • treat instructors and fellow students with respect


Instructor’s Responsibilities

  • to come to class prepared
  • to help students attain learning objectives
  • to mark and return work in a timely manner
  • to assess all students fairly



Course Reader (CR): EURO 1200 - European Culture from the mid-18th to the mid-19th Century (available to purchase at the Coop Bookstore)


Kidner et al. Making Europe: The Story of the West. Vol. 2 Since 1550, second edition. (available to purchase at the University Bookstore and Coop Bookstore)


The course reader forms the primary source-based document for the course: cultural texts from it will be the focal point of lectures and discussions during class time. Students are expected to read the prescribed pages in advance of the relevant classes.


The textbook Making Europe provides a comprehensive political, economic and social context for the developments in European culture studied in this course. As it is a background text, it will not generally be used in class, but students will be tested on it in quizzes, in the midterm and the final exam. It is students’ responsibility to read the relevant parts of this textbook, at the appropriate time.

Note: you may skip the sections entitled “A new direction” and “Learning from a primary source” unless specifically assigned.


Desire 2 Learn:

For up-to-date information on this class, students should regularly consult the EURO *1200 D2L site at Here you will find, among other things, conferencing facilities; a copy of the course outline; announcements pertaining to specific classes, exams, and assignments; lecture outlines, handouts, and art images.

Method of Presentation: lecture (3 hours/week), compulsory seminar (1 hour/week)


Calendar course descriptions with pre-requisites and restrictions can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar