PART IV : TEACHING & LEARNING

4.1 Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)
4.2 Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) at Programme Level
4.3 Subject syllabi
4.4 Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs)
4.5 Units in Relation to Teaching
4.6 Integration of European Studies Courses with Language-related Studies
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4.1 Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

These programme aims can be expressed in the form of the following programme intended learning outcomes (PILOs):

Knowledge

The programme should enable students:

1. To acquire solid and up-to-date knowledge, firmly grounded in the social sciences, so as to be able to analyze contemporary European societies, with an emphasis on the European Union and its member states, and to show their understanding by independent research and critical appraisal of the relevant basic and current scientific literature.

Skills

The programme should enable students:

2. To acquire high, professionally relevant proficiency in one major European language (other than English), so as to apply these skills both orally and in written form to academic and/or professional purposes; and

3. To acquire solid IT skills and high proficiency in English as an academic and professional language, as well as Putonghua, so as to be able to work as skilled and knowledgeable communicators between Hong Kong / China and Europe.

Attitude

The programme should enable students:

4. To live for an extended period of time in European academic and/or professional settings, and to interpret and synthesize first-hand social experience with relevant academic concepts and arguments.

The PILOs correspond to the HKBU Graduate Attributes (GAs; see above 4.41) in the following way:



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4.2 Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) at Programme Level

All courses of the B.Soc.Sc (Hons) in European Studies are aligned with the Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) so as to ensure that the programme goals / objectives can be reached:

  Programme Learning Outcomes
To acquire solid and up-to-date knowledge, firmly grounded in the social sciences, so as to be able to analyze contemporary European societies, with an emphasis on the European Union and its member states, and to show their understanding by independent research and critical appraisal of the relevant basic and current scientific literature To acquire high, professionally relevant proficiency in one major European language (other than English), so as to apply these skills both orally and in written form to academic and/or professional purposes To acquire solid IT skills and high proficiency in English as an academic and professional language, as well as Putonghua, so as to be able to work as skilled and knowledgeable communicators between Hong Kong / China and Europe To live for an extended period of time in European academic and/or professional settings, and to interpret and synthesize first-hand social experience with relevant academic concepts and arguments

European Language Studies (French or German)

FREN 1008-9 Language in Context I (French)
 
GERM 1008-9 Language in Context I (German)
 
FREN 2008-9 Language in Context II (French)
 
GERM 2008-9 Language in Context II (German)
 
FREN 3008-9 Language in Context III (French)
 
GERM 3008-9 Language in Context III (German)
 

European Area Studies

EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity & Diversity
   
EURO 2005 Contemporary European Societies I: The French Speaking Countries
 
EURO 2006 Contemporary European Societies I: The German Speaking Countries
 
EURO 2007 The Political Economy of the European Union
 
EURO 4005 Current Issues of European Integration
 
EURO 4006 European Economic & Business Life: travailler en contexte international
EURO 4007 European Economic & Business Life: Wirtschaft im Wandel/Deutsch-chinesische Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
EURO 3008-9 European Academic / Internship Semester I & II
 

Honours Project

EURO 4898-9 Honours Project (European Studies)
POLS 2205 European Politics & Society: French Political & Government System
   
EURO 4015 Contemporary European Societies II: questions d’actualité
 
POLS 2206 European Politics & Society: German Political & Government System
   
EURO 4016 Contemporary European Societies II: Struktur und Zukunft der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft
 

Elective Studies

EURO 3205 Comparative Politics of Post-Communist Central Europe
   
HIST 3900 Twentieth Century European History
 
POLS 2007 Introduction to Research Methods    
POLS 1005 Foundations of Political Science    
POLS 3207 Government & Politics of the United Kingdom
   
POLS 4215 Contemporary Europe & Asia
 
POLS 4246 Topics in European Politics
 

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4.3 Subject syllabi

I. Major Required Courses36 units
European Language (French or German) Studies:
EITHER:
FREN 1008-9
OR
GERM 1008-9

European Language in Context I (French)
/
European Language in Context I (German)

(8,6,6)
/
(8,4,8)
16 units
FREN 1008-9 - This course is designed for the French stream of the European Studies programme. It seeks to introduce the French languages in the context of living, studying and working in the French speaking areas of Europe. At the end of this course students achieve the A2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as laid down by the Council of Europe.
GERM 1008-9 - This course is designed for the German stream of the European Studies programme. It seeks to introduce the German languages in the context of living, studying and working in the German speaking areas of Europe. At the end of this course students achieve the A2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as laid down by the Council of Europe.
EITHER:
FREN 2008-9
OR
GERM 2008-9

European Language in Context II (French)
/
European Language in Context II (German)

(8,6,6)
/
(8,4,8)
16 units
FREN 2008-9 - Prerequisite: FREN 1008-9 European Language in Context I (French)
This course is the continuation of FREN 1008-9 and aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue academic studies as well as internships in France during year III. To this end, the course will help the students to: reach a sufficient and autonomous level in spoken/written French language; collect useful information about French civilization and contemporary society; and last but not least, acquire the right attitudes that will enhance their learning and communication strategies. Students at the end of this course achieve the B2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as laid down by the Council of Europe.
GERM 2008-9 - Prerequisite: GERM 1008-9 European Language in Context I (German)
This course is the continuation of GERM 1008-9 and aims to equip students to pursue academic studies as well as internships in the German speaking areas of Europe during year III. To this end, the course will help the students to reach a sufficient and autonomous level in spoken and written German language; collect useful information about German civilization and contemporary society; and last but not the least, acquire the right attitudes that will enhance their learning and communication strategies. Students at the end of this course achieve the B2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) laid down by the Council of Europe.
EITHER:
FREN 4008-9
OR
GERM 4008-9

European Language in Context III (French)
/
European Language in Context III (German)
  4 units
FREN 4008-9 - Prerequisites: FREN 2008-9 European Language in Context II (French) and European Academic/Internship Semesters I-II
Depending on the level of acquisition reached during their academic year abroad, students will further develop their oral/aural and reading/writing skills within an integrated communicative approach. The course will systematically focus on topics related to academic writing and students’ own research for the Honors Projects. Remedial work on selected grammatical aspects on the upper-intermediate level will be included. Students at the end of this course shall achieve the C1/C2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) laid down by the Council of Europe and are eligible to appear for the DALF examination required for admission to French tertiary institutions of education.
GERM 4008-9 - Prerequisite: GERM 2008-9 European Language in Context II (German) and European Academic/Internship Semesters I-II
Depending on the level of acquisition reached during their internship & academic year abroad, students will further develop their oral/aural and reading/writing skills within an integrated communicative approach. The course will systematically focus on topics related to academic writing and students‘ own research for the Honours Projects. Remedial work on selected grammatical aspects on the upper-intermediate level will be included. Students at the end of this course achieve the C1/C2-Level of Competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) laid down by the Council of Europe and are eligible to appear for the TestDaF examination required for admission to German tertiary institutions of education.
European Area Studies:
EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity & Diversity(3,2,1)6 units
EURO 1008 - This is the first part of a two-semester course which provides students with the necessary initial background knowledge of Europe as a whole. It seeks to stimulate the students’ interest by looking at European history through the particular prism of the shifting balance between unity and diversity, concentrating on particular turning points. It introduces students to the various definitions of “Europe” and Europe’s historical roots in the antique Mediterranean civilizations. The synthesis of the Greco-Roman and Christian with the Germanic heritages in the Middle Ages and the subsequent Renaissance laid the foundations for the culturally multi-faceted modern European societies, which nonetheless share a common tradition in thought and action.
EURO 1009 - Prerequisite: EURO 1008 Europe: Unity and Diversity I or equivalent
This course is a continuation of EURO 1008. It will focus on early modern Europe from the 16th to 18th centuries. It discusses the gradual emergence of a ‘European model of development’ characterized by representative forms of government, essential freedom of economic activity and protection of private property rights, as well as a set of cultural values stimulating growth and social development.
The course will discuss the formation of European composite and (eventually) nation states and their interminable domestic and external conflicts, which crucially led to the projection of European power overseas. It will analyze cultural conflicts attendant to the break-up of medieval Christian unity, and the rise of national and regional diversities still extant today. In the process, two competing models of societies evolved: an essentially market-driven, potentially liberal, decentralized structure, and a conservative-autocratic model of governance, typified here by the Dutch United Provinces and the kingdom of France, respectively. Out of their conflicts arose the all-European cultural movement called the Enlightenment, which arguably remains the single most important source for the values and principles on which the modern European Union and a common European identity are founded.
EITHER:
EURO 2005
OR
EURO 2006

Contemporary European Societies I:
The French-Speaking Countries
/
Contemporary European Societies I:
The German-Speaking Countries

(3,2,1)
/
(3,2,1)

3 units
EURO 2005 - Prerequisite: EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity
This course will enable students to acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of the main features of French-speaking countries of Europe (France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland). It will prepare them for their stay in Europe during Year III by training them to critically evaluate the social, political, cultural and economic conditions in these countries. It will also help them to elaborate the conceptual framework to be used when gathering information in Europe for the final year Honours Project.
EURO 2006 - Prerequisite: EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity
This is the first part of a course, which spans the internship year in Europe. It acquaints students with salient characteristics of the social, cultural, political and economic life in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as these have a direct impact on individual life styles and life experiences. The course also prepares students to gather and systematize HP-relevant information during their third year in Europe.
EURO 2007The Political Economy of the European Union(3,2,1)3 units
Prerequisite: For GIS/ES major: POLS 1005 Foundations of Political Science or EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity
This is a course which examines the causes and historical evolution of European integration and looks analytically at the institutions and the policies of the European Union. It provides a focused examination of the political economy of European integration, highlighting the dynamic relationship between economic and political integration and the respective roles of the member states, the EU institutions, and the market. Moreover, it highlights the complexities and difficulties in constructing a European constitutional order and offers a critical examination of the process of institutional building. It provides a critical review of the main theoretical contributions to the debate on European integration, and explores the prospects for the enlarged EU in the post-communist era.
EITHER:
POLS 2205
OR
POLS 2206

European Politics & Society:
French Political & Government System
/
European Politics & Society:
German Political Systems & Society

(3,2,1)
/
(3,2,1)

3 units
EURO 2205 - Prerequisite: EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity or POLS 1005 Foundations of Political Science
After a brief presentation of the legacy of the past (i.e. the French Revolution and the various regimes which followed), the core of the course is an examination of the evolution of the French political and government system from the unstable structures of the Fourth Republic to the more effective presidential regime that exists today.
Basic concepts of political science, theories and methodologies acquired in POLS 1510 Foundations of Political Science are applied here to the study and analysis of one of the major nation states in Europe.
EURO 2206 - Prerequisite: EURO 1008-9 Europe: Unity and Diversity or POLS 1005 Foundations of Political Science
The course studies the structure of successive political systems in Germany within their historical context. Special emphasis will be placed on the traumatic experience of the Third Reich, its origins and its consequences in the post-war construction of a “socialconstitutional state”, a “social market economy”, and the current multi-tiered political system of the Federal Republic of Germany, as it is embedded today in the European Union.
EURO 4005Current Issues of European Integration(3,2,1)3 units
Prerequisite: For GIS major: POLS 2006 Introduction to Political Economy or POLS 1005 Foundations of Political Science
      For ES major: EURO 2007 The Political Economy of the European Union
This course aims at offering students a clear overview of the economic, political, social and diplomatic issues raised by recent institutional developments of the European Union. On the one hand, it consolidates knowledge of institutional structures and key policy-making processes and results in recent years. On the other hand, it raises critical awareness of the deeper theoretical and practical questions these developments pose. One of the main components of the course is the growing importance of globalization and the opening of Europe to other regions of the world, in particular China and East Asia. The course integrates theoretical perspectives and case studies.
EITHER:
EURO 4006
OR
EURO 4007


European Economic & Business Life:
travailler en contexte international
/
European Economic & Business Life:
Wirtschaft in Wandel / Deutsch-chinesische Wirtschaftsbeziehungen

(3,3,0)
/
(3,3,0)


3 units
EURO 4006 - Prerequisite: FREN 4008 European Language in Context III (French) and EURO 4015 Contemporary European Societies II: questions d’actualité or equivalent
This is mainly a project-based course in which students will use Web resources to set up a simulated professional situation involving representatives from the French-speaking European countries and their international partners (from Hong Kong and/or the People’s Republic of China).
Students are expected to develop their knowledge about the business world and its environment and to acquire a “knowhow” tool set in an occupational context. The course will also enhance the students’ communication and interpersonal skills in an international professional setting, with a special focus on the French-language work environment. These multi-faceted competencies will build a savoir d’action (“how to act”) transferable for successful transitions to work, and ultimately, careers within global companies/organizations.
EURO 4007 - Prerequisite: GERM 4008 European Language in Context III (German) and EURO 4016 Contemporary European Societies II: Struktur und Zukunft der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft or equivalent
This course discusses recent developmental trends in the economies of German-speaking Europe and, in particular, economic relations between China/Hong Kong and the Germanspeaking countries. It will look at specific business processes and current issues affecting enterprises in Europe and China/Hong Kong. Its objective is to familiarize students with actual business challenges arising from general political and economic changes, thereby providing insights into potential career fields for graduates.
The course may include guest speakers from the business sector and visits to enterprises and business-related institutions in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.
The course is held entirely in German.
EITHER:
EURO 4015
OR
EURO 4016


Contemporary European Societies II:
questions d'actualite
/
Contemporary European Societies II:
Struktur und Zukunft der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft

(3,2,1)
/
(3,3,0)


3 units
EURO 4015 - Prerequisite: EURO 2005 Contemporary European Societies I: The French-Speaking Countries and Internship year in French-speaking Europe or equivalent or Ability to use French for Academic Purposes in speech, writing and reading
This is the second part of a course which spans the year in Europe and builds on the themes examined in the first part (EURO 2110) in the light of students’ living and learning experience in a European French-speaking country. The course outline varies from year to year, since it consists of a review of the current events and trends to be observed in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in the social, political and economic field. Support materials mainly comprise the latest press articles and various official and non-governmental institutions’ data available online in French.
EURO 4016 - Prerequisite: EURO 2006 Contemporary European Societies I: The German-Speaking Countries and Internship year in German-speaking Europe or equivalent or Ability to use German for Academic Purposes in speech, reading and writing
This course examines the economies of the German-speaking area of Europe from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on the German “Social Market Economy”. Where appropriate, it takes students’ working experience in Year III internships into account.
Based on earlier traditions, the Federal Republic of Germany purposely developed a specific political and economic system, the “Social Market Economy”. It created an extensive welfare state, but also institutions, which emphasized non-confrontational, cooperative action of employers and employees within a free market. Austria and Switzerland pursued similar strategies. These neo-corporatist structures underpinned the post-war “economic miracles” and decisively shaped contemporary culture.
In recent years, however, SMEs face serious challenges. Social services expansion outpaced economic growth. The systems became too costly and are further affected by demographic trends, structural change in the industry and attendant unemployment, European integration and the globalization of trade and capital markets. Germany has also had to cope with the unforeseen cost of reunification. As a consequence, the SMEs are undergoing lengthy and painful reforms. New industrial, labour, fiscal and educational policies are pursued to sustain the development of globally competitive, “post-industrial” service economies, while at the same time trying to retain as much as possible the original consensus models.
This course is held entirely in German.
II. Honours Project6 units
EURO 4898-9Honours Project (European Studies)(6,*,*)6 units
Prerequisite: Year IV Standing in the European Studies major
The Honours Project is an independent academic research project about a topic chosen and produced individually by the student under the supervision of a member of staff. The topic should fall within the general area of social sciences, with an emphasis on Europe and/or the geographic areas covered in the European Studies programme.
III. European Academic / Internship Semesters21 units
EURO 3008-9European Academic / Internship Semester I: Language(21,*,*)21 units
Prerequisites: FREN 2009 European Language in Context II (French) or GERM 2009 European Language in Context II (German) and sufficient GPA in Year II
The European Academic/Inter nship Semester provides full linguistic and cultural immersion into the societies of French- or German-speaking countries through a combination of intensive language training, academic study and, whenever feasible, supervised working experience on location in Europe. Semester I is usually spent at a university. Semester II is spent at a university and/or a work placement (internship/traineeship) in a private company or public institution.
Students will be placed individually or in very small groups at selected partner institutions of the European Studies Course/the Department of GIS. The course of study will normally comprise intensive foreign language tuition (French or German) and selected academic courses, as they are available at the respective partner institutions. In case of internships, students will be placed individually with the assistance of the programme co-ordinators. Internships may vary in length but shall not extend six months of duration. Internship placements are subject to availability of places, suitability of the student and approval by host companies.
IV. General Education Courses (Go to GE webpage) 38 units
V. Free Electives 3 units

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4.4 Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs)

The B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) in European Studies uses a broad variety of teaching and learning arrangements, which range from the traditional forms of lecture / tutorial to innovative methods, especially for language learning. Special emphasis is given to forms of experimental, technology-enhanced learning / teaching (E-Learning) and self-directed learning in the programme’s Self-Access Learning Unit. The particular approach of European Studies is detailed further in the sections of the French and German Streams below.

Lecture / Lecture-Discussion

A lecture is essentially an information-imparting session focusing on broad overviews and/or introductions to the systematic academic analysis of European affairs. The lecture-discussion enables the teacher to deliver factual content, present ideas critically, offer intellectual challenge, in such a way that students are stimulated or provoked to participate in discussion, either during or at the end of the session. Students are also encouraged to raise questions. Lectures are always combined with follow-up tutorials.

Tutorial

Tutorials are conducted in small groups. The tutorial may take a variety of forms, ranging from discussion-answers to prearranged questions, or in-depth probing of particular points raised in a lecture-discussion. It also offers an opportunity for the teacher to get to know the student individually. In addition, teachers make themselves available for individual tutorial consultation at regular times each week.

Class

A class is an instructional / communicative session, appropriate for example in language learning/teaching, where student response and feedback are usually ongoing. Most of the 39 units allocated to the European language are of this type.

Seminar

This is a session in which students, individually or in small groups of 2-3, deliver oral presentations on previously agreed topics. This is followed by class discussion and comments from the teacher. Seminars can be organized in alternative forms such as problem or issue-oriented project work over an extended period of time. They are then usually accompanied by additional regular progress meetings between teachers and students.

Workshop

A session in which students present previously gathered information on a hands-on topic or problem. The entire group may then process the results to produce a consolidated project outcome.

Self-Access Learning

European Studies teachers develop and test self- study materials for language and area studies subjects. These are accessible through the course’s Self Access Learning Unit (SALU), located in the Department of Government and International Studies. Students work individually or in small groups to enhance language acquisition and/or area-specific knowledge. The purpose of these activities is to further develop the ability for independent, autonomous study and ongoing critical self-assessment.

E-Learning

Students are encouraged to make extensive use of information technology (IT), in particular the Internet, to gather and process information from/about Europe and to enhance language proficiency via online discussion and communication / collaboration projects. These activities are normally closely linked to other forms of learning and teaching, such as tutorials, classes, workshops and seminars. The programme maintains an extensive online learning presence on the WWW, which is constantly updated and revised in light of new IT developments.

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4.5 Units in Relation to Teaching

The programme uses the unit system. A unit is normally equivalent to one hour of classroom activity per week in semester time (normally 15 weeks per semester). However, and in order to achieve the prescribed aims and objectives, the eight units of each first and second year language course are equivalent to twelve contact hours per week (i.e. one unit = 1.5 contact hours). In addition, students are required to conduct monitored self-access language learning hours and may also have additional one-on-one tutorial sessions with teachers if necessary. In the final year, and sometimes earlier than that, the actual amount of teacher contact may vary, depending on the nature of the learning task set.

Teachers, subject to monitoring by the Department, may vary their interpretation of ‘units’. A very common pattern however is for a 3-unit subject to consist of two lectures / lecture-discussions and one weekly tutorial. This means that if the class size is large, teachers may give several tutorials in one week.

With the increased and by now fully incorporated usage of IT learning tools and considering the intensive nature of language training necessary in the course, the number of units does not reflect the actual workload of teachers, which is equivalent to at least double the amount of units per course or hours/course.

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4.6 Integration of European Studies Courses with Language-related Studies

This is considered to be a desirable goal to be achieved inasmuch as it will counter a tendency for European Studies courses (taught initially in the medium of English) to become separated from language-related studies. The programme therefore emphasizes in its language training component content and skills as they are relevant to social-science related (European) studies and to genuine communication situations as they appear in academic and professional situations in Europe and in Hong Kong.

Guidelines for the development of this approach are provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), issued by the Council of Europe, and the principles of the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology, as it is being developed in line with European Union policies for developing multilingualism. As language classes focus on European area studies content and European area studies classes are increasingly conducted in the foreign languages, there is no strict separation of "content" from "language" in the European Studies programme.

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