Undergraduate course

Europe after 1945: Resources, Demography, Economy

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course provides a basic overview over the European economy. It offers knowledge and evaluation on the economic development of Europe and its challenges until today. The course provides an overview over important processes which have led to Europe`s economy of today. The course focuses at the demographic and economic development in Europe after 1945.

Main points are:

  1. Economic growth and structural changes after World War II. This includes the use of human and technical resources as well as innovations
  2. Differences in the allocation of resources and reactions upon it, including changes in the amount of population.
  3. Globalization; unification after the collapse of socialism in Eastern Europe.

The course is mandatory for students in the Bachelor-program European studies, but it can be taken by other students as well. The course can be part of the direction of specialization in history.

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Learning Outcomes


After successfully part-taking in the course the students should have knowledge on the development of institutions, systems, and processes which were involved in shaping European history since 1945. Students should know the most important theories and debates on this development.


Students should show their ability to critically evaluate historical problems. Students should demonstrate their know-how by analyzing related literature and their ability to drawing own conclusion on it.

General competence

Students should show their ability to study comprehensive related literature, show their know-how and explain own conclusions in a written exam.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good command of English, both written and spoken.

Access to the Course

The course is open for students enrolled at the University of Bergen. Students without admission may be granted permission to sign up for this course on the basis of an application to the Faculty of Humanities 

Teaching and learning methods

Approximately 15 lectures

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

6-hour written examination.

An examination will also be held in the course-free term (autumn).

Grading Scale

Grades will be set using a scale of A to F.

Reading List

Reading lists with compulsory curriculum are prepared by the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (in total, approximately 1200 pages).

Course Evaluation

The course unit will be evaluated regularly


Contact Information


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    09.05.2018, 09:00
    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam