University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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BA European Studies


Course structure

Year 1 (Preliminary Year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for Year 2 entry

The first year comprises a special programme of English for Academic Purposes designed by highly experienced staff from the acclaimed Centre of English Language Learning (CELE) at the University of Nottingham. This is carefully integrated with the study programmes offered by each academic school so as to prepare students fully for years 2-4 of the degree.

Please see Year One programme for more details

Year 2 (Qualifying Year)

In this first year of specialist study you can choose from modules covering the historical, social and cultural foundations of modern Europe. These modules are structured around the student-centred learning approach with extensive reading as you practice the study skills you will need for more independent research later in your degree. You will also embark on your language training, which is designed to foster the multi-lingual communication skills needed to be successful in the international arena today.

Year 3 (Part I)

In this year, you consolidate what you have learnt so far by applying the knowledge you have acquired so far with more in-depth study on how European societies have interacted with other regions including America and Asia. You will also continue your language training at a second higher level.

Please see exchange programme for more details about exchange programmes.

Year 4 (Part II)

Besides a taught module the focus of your study in this final year is an individual dissertation project. This is on a topic of your own choice and consists of guided research spread over the whole academic year. You will also complete your language training with a third more advanced level.


Year 2Semester 1
AS1012 Understanding the West (compulsory) 20
N/A Language 1a(German; French; Spanish; Italian) (compulsory) 20
AS1006 Introduction to Comparative Politics (optional) 20
AS1004 Issues in Global Relations (optional) 20
AS1005 Origins of Capitalism (optional) 20
CS1901 Media and Society (optional) 20
P11612 Work and Society (optional) 10
Year 2 Semester 2  
Code Title Credits
AS1019 Introduction to European Politics (compulsory) 20
N/A Language 1b(German; French; Spanish; Italian) (compulsory) 20
AS1015 The Making of Modern Europe 1789-1945 (compulsory) 20
AS1002 Introduction to International Relations (compulsory) 20
AS1014 The Roots of Globalisation (optional) 20
P11613 Organisational Behaviour (optional) 10
CS1902 Communication and Culture (optional) 20
Year 3 Semester 1  
Code Title Credits
AS2001 The Making of Contemporary Europe 1945-2000 (compulsory) 20
N/A Language 2a(German; French; Spanish; Italian) (compulsory) 20
AS2004 International Political Economy (optional) 20
AS2016 Welfare States (optional) 20
AS2029 Politics and History of the Middle East (optional) 20
AS2037 Global Environmental Governance (optional) 20
P12407 Marketing Strategy (optional) 10
CS2942 Global Media & Communication (optional) 10
Year 3 Semester 2 
Code Title Credits
AS2039 EU: Institutions (compulsory) 20
N/A Language 2b (German; French; Spanish; Italian) (compulsory) 20
AS2002  International Organisations (optional) 20
AS2008 Politics of Development (optional) 20
AS2031 Global Shift: Power, Order, Change (compulsory) 20
AS2011 China, Russia and the US (optional) 20
AS2038 Transnational History and Politics (optional) 20
CS2932 Political Communication (optional) 10
CS2922 Public Relations and Propaganda (optional) 10
P12814 Introduction to Business Operations (optional) 10
P12415  Managing the Marketing Mix (optional) 10
Year 4 Semester 1  
Code Title Credits
AS3035 EU: Policies and the Law (compulsory) 20
N/A Language 3a (German; French; Spanish; Italian) (compulsory) 20
AS3002 Dissertation I: Preliminary Analysis (Part I) (optional) 20
AS3001 China and the World (optional) 20
AS3023 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues (optional) 20
AS3034 Gender: Power & Agency (optional) 20
AS3026 US Foreign Policy (optional) 20
P13608 China and the World Trade Organisation (optional) 10
P13KL8 International Business Environment I (optional) 10
P13701 Consumer Behaviour (optional) 10
P13449 Marketing Service (optional) 10
P13410 Strategic Management I (optional) 10
Year 4 Semester 2  
Code Title Credits
AS3003 Dissertation II: Final Presentation (Part II) (If AS3002 is selected in semester 1, this is compulsory) 40
AS3027 Regionalism in Europe and Asia (If AS3002 is not selected, this is compulsory) 20
N/A Language 3b (German; French; Spanish; Italian) (compulsory) 20
AS3007 Diplomacy: Past, Present (optional) 20
AS3008 The Rise and Falls of British Empire (optional) 20
P13418 Strategic Management II (optional) 10
P13KL9 International Business Environment II (optional) 10
P13501 Marketing and Society (optional) 10