The Making of Europe: The Long 20th Century


20th July 2015
2 weeks



Freie Universität Berlin   View map


Berlin, Germany

This course will be taught in the thrilling city of Berlin, focusing on the making of Europe from a 20th century perspective. You will not only explore the background and history of the World Wars and the era leading up to it, but you will also be introduced to the Interbellum, the Cold War, and the relations of Europe with Russia and the USA. Several excursions will be organised in which you will visit some of the most iconic German landmarks.

Many iconic developments occurred over the course of the 20th century: 2 World Wars were fought, the birth of the United Nations and the fall of communism just to name a few. The city of Berlin is the logical course location for this programme, being such a crucial city in Europe’s history in the 20th century. But of course also a wonderful place for you to spend two weeks in the summer, being one of the most vibrant and ‘happening’ cities in Europe today.

Target audience

Students of the social sciences, including economics and business, political sciences, European studies, international relations, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics. A general background in the social sciences may help, but no specific expertise is required.

Course aim

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate different theories and conceptualisations of the historic development of Europe, including Europe’s role on the world stage
  • Discern and analyse key factors in facilitating this development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments
  • Demonstrate this detailed and critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.

Course fee

€1295 (incl. housing)
Course fee includes entrance fees for all field trips that are part of the course programme.


Advanced Bachelor

Study load

12 hours of lectures per week; 12 hours of field trips per week (obligatory part of the course programme); appr. 30 hours of self study per week