The Making of Europe: The Long 20th Century

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Taking the beautiful city of Utrecht as a starting point, this course will offer you the opportunity to step into history. This historical journey, which illuminates Europe from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century, will help you to understand the many social, historical, religious and cultural factors that came to shape modern Europe.

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

Day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Dr. Stefan Cetkovic

Target audience

This 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.

Aim of the course

At the end of this course, you will 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:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
A third party
Extra information about the fee

The final payment deadline for registrations is May 22, 2022. After May 22, 2022, this course will only be available without housing in Berlin, i.e. participants who register and are confirmed after that date will then have to find their own housing in Berlin. In case of cancellation by the participant after May 23, 2022, the service fee (100 EUR) as well as the fee for accommodation at Ju-Li Hostel in Berlin (400 EUR) amounting to a total of 500 EUR cannot be refunded. The remaining amount will be refunded according to our regular cancellation policy.

Additional information

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: 
Registration deadline
22 May 2022