European Courses

The purpose of these informational documents is to help GRS students choose courses that would be of interest for their regional focus. This is an overview of current courses offered 2017-2018, although they may change in the future. The most updated information can be found on the UBC course website.

As there are many courses related to studies of the European region, the courses listed here are separated into categories of Inter-country, Germany, Britain, France, Russia, and Italy specific courses.


Inter-country Studies

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 225 – Art in Europe to the Sixteenth Century
  • ARTH 226 – Art in Europe and North America from the Sixteenth Century to the Present
  • ARTH 311 – Art in the Early Medieval West
  • ARTH 338 – Visual Culture in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution (1715-1830)
  • ARTH 339 – 19th-Century Art and Social Space

Central, Eastern and Northern Europe Studies Courses

  • CENS 202 – Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English).
  • CENS 404 – Gender and Nation: Women’s State in Modern Central, Eastern and Northern European Literatures and Cultures

Classical Studies Courses

  • CLST 105 – Greek and Roman Mythology
  • CLST 111 – Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome
  • CLST 231 – Ancient Greece
  • CLST 232 – Ancient Rome
  • CLST 333 – Greek Religion
  • CLST 312 – Women in the Roman World of Republican and Imperial Times
  • CLST 402 – Seminar in Classical Literature

Economics Courses

  • ECON 334 – Economic History of Modern Europe

English Courses

  • ENGL 344A – Medieval Studies
  • ENGL 359A** – Studies in Romanticism

Film Studies Courses

  • FIST 336 – Seminar in European Cinema

History Courses

  • HIST 102 – World History from 1500 to the Twentieth Century
  • HIST 220A – History of Europe
  • HIST 364 – Europe in the Late Middle Ages
  • HIST 365 – Renaissance Europe
  • HIST 366 – Europe During the Reformation
  • HIST 367 – Europe in the Age of the Enlightenment
  • HIST 368 – Europe in the 19th Century
  • HIST 369 – Europe, 1900-1950
  • HIST 370 – Europe Since 1950
  • HIST 432 – International Relations of the Great Powers in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST 441 – History of the Holocaust

Italian Studies Courses

  • ITAL 303 – Italian Literature and Culture of the Medieval and Early Modern Period

Medieval Studies Courses

  • MDVL 210 – Introduction to the Middle Ages
  • MDVL 301 – European Literature from the 5th to the 14th Century

Music Courses

  • MUSC 352 – History of Medieval Music

Political Science Courses

  • POLI 352A – Comparative Politics of Public Policy
  • POLI 514B** – Comparative Western Governments

Romance Studies Courses

  • RMST 221 – Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World I: Medieval to Early Modern
  • RMST 222 – Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World II: Modern to Post-Modern

Scandinavian Studies Courses

  • SCAN 333 – Major Works of Scandinavian Literature (in English)
  • SCAN 411A – Scandinavian Drama and Film in Translation
  • SCAN 413B – The Literatures of the Baltic in English Translation
  • SCAN 414 – Topics in Danish and Northern European Cultural Studies (in English)

Slavic Studies Courses

  • SLAV 307A – Literature and Film in Eastern Europe


Germany Specific Courses

Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies Courses

  • CENS 303A – German Respresentations of the Holocaust (in English)

English Courses

  • ENGL 318 – History of the English Language: Late History
  • ENGL 319 – History of the English Language: Early History

German Studies Courses

  • GERM 301 – German Literature 1900 – 1945 (in English)
  • GERM 302 – German Literature after 1945 (in English)
  • GERM 402 – Words and Music in German Literature
  • GERM 403A – Studies in Modern German Culture (in English)
  • GERM 405 – The Literature of Growing Social Consciousness
  • GERM 408 – Selected Issues in German Culture

Philosophy Courses

  • PHIL 416A – Topics in 19th-Century Philosophy


Britain Specific Courses

English Courses

  • ENGL 221 – Literature in Britain: the 18th Century to the Present
  • ENGL 462A – Twentieth-Century British and Irish Studies

History Courses

  • HIST 317 – Britain, 1850-1918
  • HIST 318 – Early Twentieth-Century Britain
  • HIST 319 – Britain, 1945 to the Present


Russia Specific Courses

Russian Studies Courses

  • RUSS 206 – Nineteenth-Century Russian Writers in Translation
  • RUSS 207 – Twentieth-Century Russian Writers in Translation
  • RUSS 306 – Russian Literature in Translation


France Specific Courses

French Studies Courses

  • FREN 122 – Contemporary French Language and Literature I
  • FREN 123 – Contemporary French Language and Literature II
  • FREN 220 – Introduction to Early French Literature and to Textual Analysis
  • FREN 221 – Introduction to Modern Literature written in French and to Textual Analysis


Italy Specific Courses

Italian Courses

  • ITAL 303 – Italian Literature and Culture of the Medieval and Early Modern Period
  • ITAL 304 – Italian Literature and Culture of the Modern and Contemporary Age

Italian Studies Courses

  • ITST 231 – Introduction to Italian Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period
  • ITST 232 – Introduction to Italian Civilization II: From the Modern to the Post-Colonial Age
  • ITST 245 – Italian Fascism in Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • ITST 385 – Italian Cinema: Neorealism
  • ITST 419 – Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture in Translation
  • ITST 432 – Italian Cinema and Its Cultural Background


** Undergraduate students are sometimes able to take graduate level courses with special permission. Please ask.

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Previously available courses (may be available again in the future):

  • FREN 125 French Through Culture and Civilization
  • FREN 334 French Civilization
  • FREN 421 French or Francophone Cultures (in English)
  • FREN 427 Francophone Cinema
  • FREN 468 Romance Linguisitcs
  • GEOG 493 (3) Geography of Eastern Europe
  • GEOG 494 (3) Geography of the Ex-Soviet States
  • HIST 101 World History to Oceanic Contact
  • HIST 101 Europe From the Fall of Rome to the Reformation
  • HIST 120 European History from the Renaissance to the Present
  • HIST 202 Modernization in Historical Perspective
  • HIST 306 History of France, 1461-1715
  • HIST 310 The British Empire
  • HIST 311 The British Empire After 1850
  • HIST 313 The Renaissance
  • HIST 316 European Social History
  • HIST 324 History of East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • HIST 334 Europe in the 19th Century
  • HIST 370 Social and Economic History of Medieval Europe
  • HIST 372 Ideas and Institutions of the Middle Ages
  • HIST 371 Europe in the Early Middle Ages
  • HIST 375 Economic History of Pre Modern Europe
  • HIST 400 Self and Society From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
  • HIST 405 Russia Before 1917
  • HIST 406 France, 1715-1900
  • HIST 407 History of Modern Germany
  • HIST 408 History of the Habsburg Monarchy
  • HIST 409 France, 1900 to the Present
  • HIST 415 Early Modern Britain
  • HIST 419 Contemporary Britain, 1945 to the Present
  • HIST 435 Communist Movements in Eastern Europe Since 1900
  • HIST 438 History of the Soviet Union
  • HIST 461 Politics and Culture in Fin-de-Siecle Europe (1890-1914)
  • POLI 325 Communist and Post-Communist Politics
  • POLI 326 European Politics: Selected Cases
  • POLI 327 European Integration
  • POLI 364A International Organizations
  • POLI 425 Communist movements in eastern Europe since 1900
  • RELG 310 Jewish Responses to Catastrophe
  • RMST 468 Romance Linguistics