Undergraduate Students - NCRE - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Undergraduate Programme

In general, an arts degree broadens your understanding of the world and encourages a questioning mind. It develops your writing, communication, research and analytical skills, preparing you for a wide range of employment opportunities. Studying towards a BA majoring in European Union Studies you will be able to choose from a multidisciplinary teaching programme such as Geography, Diplomacy, Economics, Histor, Law, etc

Six students

Any questions? Email ncre@canterbury.ac.nz to get more information on assessments, lecturers or Course Outlines.

Blair Marett
Initially, EURO101 was just a gap filler course but turned out to be my favourite first year course. The multidisciplinary nature of the course allowed me to taste a range of subjects, which was really helpful for picking courses later on in my degree. All the lectures and tutorial were really interactive which was a refreshing change from other subjects. Also, the staff were all really passionate and approachable, they all really helped stimulate my interest in the subject.

Blair Marett, NCRE Honours 2012

Stay with us during the year!
Following some of our most popular courses:

EURA/EURO101 Global EUrope

In 2017, the European Union (EU) turned 60 years old. The transformation of Europe since 1957 into an integrated Union of 27 countries and an emerging global power is of historic importance and an understanding of how the EU operates is an essential component to any contemporary analysis of the modern world. This course is designed as a broad introduction to the European Union as a political, economic, legal, social and cultural phenomenon. The course is built around four blocs which examine identities and values, institutional relations, EU policies and the challenges of further enlargement.

See the Course Information system for more details: EURA/EURO101

EURA/EURO201 Melting Pot or European Soup?: The EU and its Multicultural Societies

Currently, Europe and the EU are involved in complex political and economic matters that rank among the most significant changes on the continent since World War II. The changing profile of European societies serves to underline the necessity for comprehensive analysis of contemporary Europe, one of the dominant economic, political and cultural counterparts of New Zealand. The leading theme of this course 'What is Europe and Who are the Europeans now?' will be explored from a multidisciplinary perspective and with an interactive approach. This course aims to examine the notions of Europe and its many identities in its interactions with the world, as well as the place of the European Union in this dialogue.
For more details see the Course Information System: EURA/EURO201

Your benefits in these two courses are

  • No final exams!
  • Hone your presentation skills
  • Multidiscliplinary - taste different areas
  • No EU background required
  • Small classes

EURA/EURO224 The EU's Democratic and Economic Evolution

This course is designed to acquire sufficient knowledge and understanding of recent economic developments and democratisation processes in Europe as a whole and within the EU as an institution. It will examine the institutional and policiy changes that have happened since the Euorpean "reunification" in 1989, but significant attention will be paid to the economic and political history of the continent also.

All Courses Offered

Students can choose courses from the following list of options.

Level 100 Courses:

Course Title Semester
EURA/EURO101 Global EUrope first
EURA/EURO104 European Languages in Europe and Beyond second

Level 200 Courses:

Course Ttitle Semester Information
EURA/EURO201 Melting Pot or European Soup?: The European Union and Its Multicultural Societies first core course option
EURA/EURO210 European Integration from Community to Union second  
EURA/EURO218 The European Union in the Asia-Pacific second  
EURA/EURO226 The Rise and Fall of Soviet Domination in Eastern Europe 1944-1991 second  
EURA/EURO223 Remaking the New Europe summer (Jan 14)  
EURA/EURO224 The EU's Democratic and Economic Evolution summer (Nov 13)  
EURA/EURO227 Doing Business in Europe: EU Policy, Business Strategy and Trade summer (Jan 14)  
EURA/EURO232 Human Rights: Agendas, Issues and the European Union summer (Nov 13)


EURA/EURO234 European Foreign and Security Policy in the 21st Century summer (Jan 14) NEW

Level 300 Courses:

Course Title Semester
EURA/EURO301 Melting Pot or European Soup? The European Union and its Multicultural Societies first
EURA/EURO310 European Integration from Community to Union second
EURA311 European Integration from Community to Union first
EURA/EURO318 The Eu in the Asia-Pacific second
EURA/EURO324 The European Union’s Democratic and Economic Evolution first
EURA/EURO326 The Rise and Fall of Soviet Domination in Eastern Europe 1944-1991 second
EURA333 European Public Law second

Want to speed up your degree? Missed some courses during the year? Pick up extra credits with NCRE Summer School courses!

All courses are taught by absolute experts from NZ and overseas. As a unique multidisciplinary research centre we offer you a wide range of courses on the European Union (EU and Europe). Have a look at our courses on the NCRE SU page, then download the Summer School flyer and enrol today!

Useful Links

The following links offer some more useful information for prospective undergraduate students to the National Centre for Research on Europe:

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