HIST2012 - Politics, society and culture in Europe after 1945


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades
Term:  Autumn

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades
Term:  Spring

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 6 hours E

Course content

Europe has undergone profound changes after the Second World War. The war and the Holocaust, the decades of the Cold War that divided Europe, the cultural influx from America post-1945 and the efforts towards closer European cooperation in the Western parts, as well as the attempts at "Sovietization", at constructing a radically new type of political, socio-economic, and cultural order (Communism) in Russia and East-Central Europe impacted and shaped all the continent's societies.

The course allows the students to get a good understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural developments in Europe from 1945 until today. The students will be familiarised with central scholarly debates and different theoretical and methodological approaches.

Examples of topics that can be offered

  • Americanization of Europe? How Europe responded, embraced and rejected US efforts to extend their influence
  • East Central European Politics, Culture and Society in the Post-1945 Era
  • Crossing borders: refugees, guest workers and migrants in Europe from 1945 until today
  • The legacy of the Second World: memory, commemoration and reconciliation in Europe
  • Revolts & revolutions: civil rights and emancipation movements in Eastern and Western Europe
  • Citizenship in Cold War era Europe - East and West
  • Tourism: the economic, cultural and social meaning & impact of commercial travelling in Europe
  • The 'Entangled (Transsystemic) History' of Europe's East and West in the Cold War Era

The topics offered will vary from term to term, depending on the department's teaching resources as well as the lecturer's field of expertise and current research focus. Information on topics for the academic year is found under studies on the webpage for the department with academic responsibility.

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate will have acquired

  • in-depth knowledge about the course's topics
  • insights into important scholarly debates in the specific field the course focuses on
  • a solid understanding of different theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches in the field


The candidate will be able to

  • analyse and debate key developments in Europe after 1945 and situate them in the wider global context
  • reflect on central questions and scholarly debates, both orally and in writing
  • apply empirical knowledge and theoretical perspectives and methods in an independent analysis

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and/or seminars. Written assignment. Obligatory activities: Every student is required to write one approved essay during the course (guidelines concerning format, scope, procedures and participation requirements will be specified prior to each term).

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

School exam

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Reading list/compendium and additional materials will be published on Blackboard at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST2915 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Modern History and Society


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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