The Making of Europe: The Long 20th Century

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Where better than the thrilling city of Berlin to study the making of Europe in the 20th century? This course traces the European history of the 20th century and then dives into current topics of the European Union such as migration, climate and energy. The course will identify the democratic values that have shaped the rebirth of Europe and discuss current challenges which Europe is facing. Several excursions to key sites in Berlin will be organised as an integral part of the course.

This course provides an overview of the political, socio-economic, and cultural developments that shaped Europe in the long 20th century. Many deeply impacting developments occurred over the course of the 20th century: Two World Wars were fought, the European Union was founded and the fall of Communism unfolded. All these occurences, and still more, streched out over one century. Being such a crucial city in Europe’s history in the 20th century, Berlin is the most fitting location for this course. Special emphasis will also be given to Germany's role in the continent and to the historical origins of the European Union and its present state. The city of Berlin, with all its tangible historical remains, will be dealt with as a city of former crisis with great promises for a better future.

In this course we will try to identify the democratic values that have shaped the rebirth of Europe and discuss the challenges with which present-day Europe is faced. Several excursions will be organised in which you will visit some key historic sites in the city.

NB: You can combine this course in one of our tracks, for example with a course in the Netherlands or even visit Rome next to Utrecht & Berlin

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Dr. Stefan Cetkovic

Target audience

The course is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics. Further, the course requires a minimum language proficiency of B2 in English.

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, with specific attention for Germany; 
  • Show an understanding of various historic monuments and their relation to historic developments; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments; 
  • Demonstrate this critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.

Study load

48 contact hours (6 per day) Students must attend classes, actively engage in class discussions, and regularly contribute ideas to the class to successfully complete this course. There will also be a midcourse exam and a final exam.


Course fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:

Housing through: a third party.

Housing for this course is mandatory. Housing is available from the Saturday before the start of the course until the last Saturday.

More information

Utrecht Summer School | E: | T: +31 30 253 4400

or FUBiS | | + 49 (0)30 838 73472


Application deadline: 01 July 2020