DU European Studies En

Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines

39 E , rue Camille Guérin 87036 LIMOGES Cedex


Nathalie Bernardie-Tahir

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The programme

« European Studies » is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English and focusing on European culture, history, institutions, economy and society. It includes classwork but also workshops and field trips in the Limousin region.

It is open to:

  • all undergraduate students of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Limoges who are in their 2nd or 3rd year
  • international students spending one or two semesters at the University of Limoges. There are no extra fees to pay for these courses.

All students, whether from Limoges or exchange students, have two options:

  1. either follow the whole programme: two 24-hour modules every semester for 2 years or, for the  international students spending only one year in Limoges, four 24-hour modules every semester

Students who follow the whole programme and are successful in their exams will then be awarded a diploma in European Studies (D.U. “European Studies”), worth 32 ECTS for international students. 2. or choose some of the modules, or parts of the modules:

  •  students from Limoges will have to check if the modules are part of the list of optional courses – OSMP – offered by their department
  • exchange students can choose whatever courses they wish

Teaching staff

The teachers in this programme are all members of staff at the University of Limoges, from the Faculty of Arts (FLSH), the Law School (FDSE), or from the Art School (ENSA), and they are all specialists in their own fields.

Courses take place at the Faculty of Arts


Fall Semesters

1. European Economic and Judicial Perspectives (24h) 4ECTS

– European Institutions- 12h

– An Economic Approach to Europe (Denis-Henri Faguet) – 12h

Abstract: The twelve-hour course will deal with the economics of the European Union and the economies of Europe. Its aim is to familiarize students with some of Europe’s current economic issues and debates: European integration, the single currency, the financial crisis, deindustrialisation, labour markets, population trends…, using mainly the press and video reports.

2. European Nature and Landscapes (24h) 4ECTS

– Nature and Landscapes : a European Perspective (Sylvain Guyot, Emilie Chevalier) – 24h

Abstract : Contrary to common belief, nature and landscapes are socially and culturally built objects. The aim of this module is therefore to explain how various social actors, in particular the inhabitants themselves, occupy natural spaces, especially through the production of cultural and artistic representations.We will primarily use a comparative approach, using French, European and international examples and contexts (the United Kingdom, Sweden…). This module comprises two field trips (2x6h), two conferences (2x2h) and four 2-hour classes (4x2h).

1.European Historical and Artistic Heritage (24h) 4ECTS

– European Art (Till Kuhnle) – 12h

Abstract : In this course, we will analyze the works of some great European artists, including some from Central and Eastern Europe. We will investigate whether these famous aesthetic movements cover the whole of Europe or if regional specificities can be found. The period under study will be the 20th century.

– Americans and France from Jefferson to Josephine Baker (Clotilde Druelle-Korn) – 12h

Abstract: Every man has two countries, his own and France – Thomas Jefferson, I have two loves, my country and Paris

– Josephine Baker, America is my country and Paris is my hometown – Gertrude Stein.

In 1783, Benjamin Franklin signed in Paris the Treaty ending the American Revolutionary War. From this time onwards, the two countries and their people have developped close yet paradoxical bonds. The goal of the course is to study together why so many famous Americans (artists, writers, painters, musicians), as well as laymen, have chosen to live in France for several years or for the rest of their lives.

2. European Literature and Cinema (24h) 4ECTS

–  European Literature and Cinema Masterworks (Till Kuhnle and Bertrand Westphal) – 24h

Abstract: Europe also means the myth of its cities. Dublin, Venice, Prague, Paris, Berlin…they always call to mind great characters and famous stories. Masterpieces of literature and cinema are therefore an opportunity to participate in this particular journey.

Spring semesters

1. The Idea of Europe (24h) 4ECTS

– History of the Idea of Europe in Europe and in the World. (Bertrand Westphal) -12h

Abstract : Our purpose is to follow the path which led to the emergence of the European entity. We will go from Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages, we will continue with Humanism and the Enlightenment before reaching modern times. We will try to pinpoint the limits of Europe whose dreamt identities have been marked by ethnocentrism. This journey includes literature, fine art and the historical narrative.

– Great Britain and Europe (Daniel Ruff) – 12h

Abstract : This course studies the origins of the European project in the wake of the Second World War, and the role played – or not played – by the United Kingdom in its early stages. We will then study the development of what is now the European Union over the decades; how Britain related to, tried, and ultimately managed to join the ‘Common Market’; the UK’s influence on its progress; and their sometimes stormy relationship. Students will have the opportunity to study some key texts and speeches and to present their analyses to the rest of the group.

2. Migrants and Minorities in Europe (24h) 4ECTS

– European Minorities in Europe (Cécile Kovacshazy) – 12h

Abstract : We will begin by considering the theories about the relative notion of « minority », before taking the example of one of the largest European minorities: Gypsies. We will consider its representation in the cultural field, and particularly in the artistic field (literature, films). Before classes start, students are required to watch at least 2 films by Tony Gatlif, including Latcho Drom (1993).

– Migrants and Migrations in Europe (Nathalie Bernardie-Tahir) – 12h

Abstract : This course will focus on European migrations, especially on the so-called “irregular” migrations often covered by the media and used by politicians. Following long, chaotic and dangerous routes, migrants arrive in Europe where they settle down for a while, producing specific territories connected by the intensive circulation of people and information. This course will use audiovisual documents like documentaries or films.

1. European Media (24h) 4ECTS

– European Press Review  – 24h

Abstract : Which types of media are influential in Europe? Who controls them? What is to be found in online papers and how is it expressed? Every week, we shall read mainly online papers and do a European press review to understand them better and have a critical approach to European media.
2. European Popular  Cultures (24h) 4ECTS

– European sociology of culture (S. Dorin) – 12h

Abstract : The course will focus on some of the popular genres shown in the online museum « Popular Roots of European Culture » (main result of a European research program me http://www.popular-roots.eu/). Through French, English and German examples, the emergence of a European shared mass-culture will be examined, with particular attention being paid to its multimedia dimension.