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European Modernism (EURO20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeEURO20002
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European modernism refers to a wide range of experimental and avant-garde trends in literature and arts at the end of the 19th and early 20th century and has proven a major influence on current (Western) literature, film and the arts. This course introduces students to key themes of modernist literature, theatre, and film in Europe. The course familiarizes students with key writers and thinkers of this period and will address the ways in which they provoked their readers/viewers through new and complex forms and styles. Major themes comprise the crisis of representation, the representation of cosmopolitanism and urban cultural dislocation, consciousness and memory, and sexuality. (Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer).

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the major debates concerning modernism and modernity in Europe;
  • communicate knowledge effectively about a range of experimental and avant-garde trends in literature and arts at the end of the 19th and early 20th century that constitute European Modernism;
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of the ways in which the representation of cosmopolitanism, urban cultural dislocation, consciousness, memory, and sexuality shaped modernist discourses in Europe;
  • be able to consolidate research skills in the constituent disciplines of European modernism studies and learn to contextualise modernist European movements in their historical and aesthetic contexts;
  • have acquired broad critical insights through their engagement with European history as well as European artistic and literary traditions that prepare them for becoming good global citizens;
  • be able to work with independence, self- reflection and creativity to meet the assessment goals;
  • be able to work effectively in groups to meet a shared goal with people whose disciplinary and cultural backgrounds differ from their own.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have an increased understanding of social and cross-cultural diversity;
  • have developed critical self-awareness and shape and strengthen persuasive arguments;
  • be able to communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others in speech.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
EURO30003 European Modernism 12.5

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • A team project consisting of a 500 word written assignment and 10 minute oral presentation (due during semester period; equivalent to 1,000 words) [25%]
  • A mid-semester written assignment (equivalent to 1000 words) due in Week 8 [25%]
  • A final essay (2000 words due at the end of semester) [50%]

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 14 August 2019