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EUS 2001 Section 007F THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE: A HUMANITIES PERSPECTIVE Center for European Studies University of Florida

Spring 2013
Class Hours: MWF Period 4 (10:40-11:30)) Classroom: Turlington L005 Instructor: Esther Romeyn Email: Esromeyn@ufl.edu Telephone: 480-603-5706 Office Hours: MWF 1:00-2:00pm and by appointment Office: 3342 Turlington Hall

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a broad interdisciplinary course that aims to introduce students to the study of Europe and the academic field of European Studies. The course is part of a twocourse series designed to examine Europe from a broad variety of disciplines, approaches and experiences. Key questions that these courses will raise are: What is Europe, more than a geographic area, an assemblage of nations, an economic unit (a common market), or a set of political of institutions? Is there such a thing as a European identity and if so, what does that identity consist of? What is the history of the idea, or concept of Europe? What are the key questions facing Europe today? While this course examines these questions from the perspective of the arts and the humanities (including literature, music, film), the second course in this series (EUS 200: European Experience: A Social Science Perspective) will examine these same questions through the lens of the social sciences (including anthropology, political science, and sociology). These courses can be taken in any order, or students may choose to take only one course of the series. READINGS: There is no textbook for this course. Instead, readings have been chosen from a variety of sources and will be available online. Readings will be posted on the UF e-learning system under Resources. For the description of the reading assignments see the syllabus below. ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING: Grades will be based on the following:

Class Attendance: Bi-Weekly Quizzes: Mid-Term Exam: Final Exam: GRADING SCALE: A: A-: B+: B: B-: C+: C: C-: D+: D: E:

10% 30% 30% 30%

90-100 87-89 84-86 80-83 77-79 74-76 70-74 70-73 64-66 60-63 59 % or below

Letter Grade: A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E Points: 4.0 3.67 3.33 3.0 2.67 2.33 2.0 1.67 1.33 1.0. 0.67 0

ATTENDANCE: Please note that class attendance is required for this course and constitutes 10% of your grade. You will be permitted 3 unexcused absences, after which you loose ALL your attendance points. Missing more than 6 classes without excuse will result in a failing grade. I will circulate an attendance sheet which you should sign. Signing for others is considered academic dishonesty. Repeated absences may affect your performance on exams and quizzes since they will be based on class lectures. Missing class also means possibly missing quizzes (unannounced). According to the Office of the Registrar, acceptable reasons for absence from class include illness, serious family emergencies, special curricular requirements, military obligation, severe weather conditions, religious holidays and participation in official university activities such as music performances, athletic competition or debate. Absences from class for court-imposed legal obligations (e.g. jury duty or subpoena) must be excused. QUIZZES: There will be 8 unannounced quizzes throughout the semester based on course readings and class discussion and lectures. The format will be a combination of short answer, multiple choice or fill in the blank questions. These will not be difficult, but they are intended to test whether you have done the readings, paid attention, and are prepared for class. Together these will constitute 30% of your grade. Your grade for this portion of the class will be based on the 6 highest scores you have received on the quizzes. (Basically each quiz is worth 5 points) That also means that you can miss 2 of the unannounced quizzes and still get the full score.

There will be no make-ups for the quizzes. Please come to class on time because you might miss a quiz. ENTRY AND EXIT SURVEYS: You will be asked to complete an entry and exit survey, at the beginning and end of the course, to monitor the learning curve. This is not part of your grade; it is simply a requirement. MID-TERM AND FINAL EXAM: The Mid-Term and Final Exam together are worth 60% of your grade. The Mid-Term is scheduled for February 27 and the Final Exam for Wednesday May 1, 3:00-5:00 pm. They will be in multiple choice format. The only reasons for missing the Mid-Term or Final Exam are the ones recognized by the University as acceptable reasons for absences. (See above). ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Academic dishonesty, including cheating on exams and plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Any student engaging in such activities will be dealt with in accordance with University policy. It is your responsibility to know what constitutes plagiarism. Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog on more information on the Student Honor Code. (http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/students.html ). STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in class, you should contact the Dean of Students Office so that special arrangements can be made to accommodate you. It is your responsibility to do so at the beginning of the semester. WEBSITE: There will be a UF Sakai website for the course which will post the course readings, and course power points. The website is listed at http://lss.at.ufl.edu/. You sign in with your UFL username and user id. Course power points will be posted AFTER the lecture for review. NOTE: Reading notes for the course online does not substitute for attending class!!! The notes are rudimentary and do not cover all the material discussed in class!!! EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES: During the semester there will be a few opportunities for obtaining ADDITIONAL extra credit. This will be announced in class. The points you earn by attending these events, such as public lectures, and writing a report about them, will be added to your final score.

COURSE SCHEDULE Week One: Monday January 7: Welcome, Syllabus

Wednesday January 9: Definitions: Europe as a Geographical Area Friday January 11: Europe: The Institutional Definition Readings: Anthony Pagden, Europe: Conceptualizing a Continent, 33-54 Week Two: Monday January 14: Europe: The Cultural Definition: Contested Narratives Readings: J. Pocock, Some Europes in Their History Wednesday January 16: Friday January 18: Alternative Readings Readings: Stuart Hall, Europes Other Self Week Three: Monday January 21: MLK Holiday Wednesday January 23: Friday February 25: Week Four: Monday January 28: Identities and Boundaries Wednesday January 30: The Europe of the Greeks Friday February 1: The Europe of the Romans Week Five: Monday February 4: The Muslim as Other Readings: Talal Asad: Muslims and European Identity Wednesday February 6: The Europe of Medieval Christianity Friday February 8: The Jew as Other Readings: Sennett, Fear of Touching Week Six: Monday February 11: Expanding Europe: The Native as Other Readings: Elliott, The Discovery of America and the Discovery of Man Wednesday February 13: The Europe of Humanism Friday February 15: Europe as Civilization Ideal: Enlightenment Europe

Week Seveb: Monday February 18: Europe in the colonies Readings: Toni Morrison, Dancing in the Dark excerpt Wednesday February 20: The Racial Contract Readings: Wright, The Racial Contract Friday February 22: Nationalism, race and sexuality Readings: Bogdal, Europe Invents the Gypsies Week Eight: Monday February 25: Nationalism and its Others: Jews Wednesday February 27: MIDTERM EXAM Friday March 1: Nationalism and its Others: Readings: Greene, Stamboul Express, excerpt Week Nine: SPRING BREAK March 2-9 Week Ten: Monday March 11: Imperialism and the construction of whiteness Readings: Anita Desai, The Inheritance of Loss, excerpt; Rudyard Kipling, White Mans Burden Wednesday March 13: Imperialism and Orientalism Readings: Edward Said, Orientalism, excerpt Friday March 15: Imperialism, Race and Genocide Readings: Lisa Karlson Blom, Haunted Museums Week Eleven: Monday March 18: WWII, The Final Solution Readings: Primo Levi, Survival In Auschwitz, Excerpt Wednesday March 20: The Dialectics of Enlightenment Readings: Tony Judt, From the House of the Dead: an Essay on Modern European Memory Friday March 22: The Uniting of Europe and Struggle for Freedom Readings: Denis de Rougemont, The Idea of Europe, excerpt Week Twelve: Monday March 25: Uniting of Europe: Post-Colonialism Readings: Peo Hansen, European Identity and the Colonial Legacy

Wednesday March 27: Europe Divided: Communism and the Free World of Capitalism Readings: Kundera, excerpt Friday March 29: The Uniting of Europe: EU Enlargements and the Balkan Crisis Reading: Etienne Balibar, We, the People of Europe, 85-100 Week Thirteen: Monday April 1: The Immigration Crisis Readings: El Tayeb, Birth of a European Public Wednesday April 3: New Trends and Old Roots Readings: Casanova, Religion, European Secular Identities, and European Integration Friday April 5: Fortress Europe Week Fourteen: Monday April 8: Europe and the World Readings: Marc Abeles, Globalization, Power, Survival Wednesday April 10: European anxiety Readings: Delanty, Fear of Others Friday April 12: Week Fifteen: Monday April 15: EU in Crisis Readings: Torreblanca, Five Reasons Europe is Cracking Up; Democracy in a State of Emergency Wednesday April 17: Friday April 19: Week Sixteen: Monday April 22: Conclusion Wednesday April 24: Last day of classes: Questions and Review Final Exam Date: May 2