Subject: EURO10002 Eurovisions
4 Comments on EURO10002 Eurovisions
Such a fun subject! If you love or even just have an interest in the Eurovision Song Contest this one is for you. Learn about important modern European history (the cold war, breakdown of yugoslavia etc) as well as European political relationships and watch a bunch of videos in lectures while you do it. John and Alison are awesome and so passionate. There are readings which are pretty interesting and aren't really examined, the mid subject test is not easy (you have to revise information about each competing country like population) but mostly multiple choice. Overall a really good Breadth
Such a good subject! Each week looks at a different country and how they relate to the Eurovision Song Contest and Europe. There's a mix of everything in this subject: language, politics, identity, culture, gender studies, history... The lectures and tutorials were enjoyable (it's not often that you get to watch/analyse Eurovision videos in class) and the content was often really interesting - you look at aspects of European history that often aren't taught widely! It probably helps to have an interest in the Eurovision Song Contest but it's really not essential.
John and Alison are warm and enthusiastic teachers and this unit covers a lot of ground. John has an amazing historical knowledge of so much of modern European history. The song contest really is tied into the fabric of Europe more than you would think possible! I took this subject loving the contest but knowing close to nothing about the competing countries, it's been a rewarding class that has touched on the social and political landscape of Europe over the last 70 years. I feel more confident of my contextual knowledge of Europe now. The readings become more and more dense but found they were mostly for interest, you can pass all requirements like presentation and essay with targeted research on your chosen topics instead. The test is predominately multiple choice, with several questions relying on memorisation.
I did this subject in 2018 and was pretty good overall. As someone who had never watched Eurovision, it was easy to understand and was a very interesting starting look into European culture, history and the relationship between the nations from the perspective of the Eurovision contest. Only thing would be make sure you study the Eurovision history for the test if you’re new to it, as it was a lot of information to take in to study for.