European History and Civilization

History seminar with Prof. BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI (UK)

This major is intended to equip future leaders with an excellent understanding of European integration, while at the same time inspiring them to re-imagine ‘Europe’ and its future by studying Europe’s past – in depth and in breadth. It benefits from the full-time presence at the Natolin campus of the European Civilization Chair. Building on the first semester’s foundations, this major features courses on big themes such as democracy, totalitarianism, geopolitics and diplomacy, the making of the global economy and the fallout from European empires, as well as focused topics in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. Students are encouraged to cross disciplinary boundaries between history, economics, sociology, law, philosophy and memory.

The second semester study trip is an integral part of the academic programme, participation is obligatory and students are expected to attend all related conferences and activities. It counts for 2 ECTS. 

Compulsory core course

The core course characterizes the major and is compulsory.

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI R. - Topics in European History (20h, 4 ECTS)

Optional specialist courses

In addition to the compulsory core course, students must take five optional specialist courses. In this way, students can shape their chosen major according to their specific interests.

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI R. - Geopolitics and Diplomacy in Europe: from Constantinople to Rome (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • CASSIS Y. - The Global Economy from the Industrial Revolution to the Internet (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • CICHOCKI M. A. - From the Greek Agora to the Ukrainian Euromaidan: the History of Ideas of Democracy in Europe (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • LEWIS M.A. - History of the Balkans (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • MOORHOUSE R. - Totalitarian ideologies and Dictatorships in Twentieth-Century Europe (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • WEEKS T. - Culture and Politics in the Modern European City (20h, 4 ECTS)
  • WONGSURAWAT W. - The Empire Strikes Back: Decolonization in Asia and its Impact on Europe (20h, 4 ECTS)

Students can also choose two optional specialist courses (maximum) from the lists of the other majors, limited to the courses marked with an asterisk (*).

Research colloquium

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI R., MINK G. & CLURE G. - History Research colloquium (0 ECTS)

Compact seminars

  • ABULAFIA D. - History of the Mediterranean (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI R. - Res Publica: the Heritage of Liberty in East-Central Europe (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • ESPADA J.C. - Liberalism (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • LEWIS M.A. - Crimes against Humanity and International Justice (8h, 0 ECTS)
  • NOWAK A. - Russian Ideologies: The Last Two Centuries (from Pushkin and Karamzin to Dugin and Putin) (10h, 0 ECTS)

Students can also choose one compact seminar (maximum) from the lists of the other majors, limited to the seminars marked with an asterisk (*).


  • LUCAS E. - Journalism and Strategic Communication in a Digital Age (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • MINK G. (organized in cooperation with Warsaw Museums) - Les politiques historiques et mémorielles (10h, 0 ECTS)
  • WIŚNIEWSKI R. - Public Diplomacy (10h, 0 ECTS)

Simulation game

  • BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI R. - The Paris Peace Conference of 1919-20 (6h, 0 ECTS)

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