Political ideas and values in Europe

leuro1202  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Political ideas and values in Europe
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Engel Vincent;
Main themes
This course explores, from a number of angles, the political ideas which have shaped the history of Europe. Particular attention will be paid to the emergence and development of values fundamental to European political culture, such as democracy, individual freedom, equality and solidarity. We will relate these discussions to current events.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Students will gain a firm grasp of certain political concepts, such as freedom, democracy and equality. They will learn to understand the nuances of these concepts, and how they have evolved through the various schools of thought in Europe.
We will perform a critical analysis of the influence of these concepts on European political history and on contemporary issues in society, illustrating this with topical examples.
Students will examine differences in the way these concepts are interpreted in Member States, in the light of their historical, cultural, political and social development.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Evaluation methods
Oral or written examination.
Online resources
A link to a dropbox file. Password will be given during a lesson.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Culture and Creation

Minor in European Studies

Minor in French Studies

Minor in Literary Studies