DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000054

Comparative History of Central and Southeast Europe (1683- up to the Present)

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič (http://vsotirovic.home.mruni.eu vsotirovic@mruni.eu)

a. o: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Bachelor

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

1 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Introductory knowleadge of European history

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

• The purpose and guiding idea of the course is to focus on a comparison of historical, cultural, political, social and economic developments of two distinctive but closely related regions of Europe conventionally defined as Central and Southeast. • The subject covers the period of the last three centuries in the context of the Central-Southeast European civilization, from the time of the Great Viennese War (1683?1699) up to the present time. • It will help to search for the understanding of historical development of the nations at the borderlands of the multiethnic empires (especially the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire). This situation affected the social-economic, political and cultural structures of the nations at the borderlands where center-periphery dimensions were juxtaposed, adopted or resisted by the local population. Historical phenomenon of the regions is that regardless on the changeable borders through the centuries, Central and Southeast Europe had always multinational character. • Methodological technique of comparison is directed to present, discuss and compare the major problems of the Central-Southeast European cultural, political, economic and social developments in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The tensions between the “westerners” or externalism and the “nativists” or internalism, between the conflicting metaphors of orientalism and nationalism, the national awakening in the 18th century, the rise of national states, first in the Southeast Europe in the 19th century, then in the Central Europe in the 20th century, cultural dimension in the historical experience of the Central-Southeast European nations in the period of the formation of national identity, national state and national ideology, increases the complexity of comparisons. • The course is divided into two parts and each devoted to a different time period. Chronologically, the first part deals with the period from 1683 (the beginning of the Great Viennese War) to 1878 (the San Stefano Peace Treaty), while the second part deals with the period from 1878 (the Berlin Congress) to the present day. • Regular attendance at all class meetings is essential. Students are expected to take an active part in discussion and to have one seminar presentation.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

• To be able to understand the process of creation of the Central and Southeast European nations and states and characteristics of the regional ethnic conflicts • To be able to present and discuss scientific research results, historical sources and documents upon the studies on Central and Southeast European history of the modern time • By analyzing the policy and process of the atempts to create independent national states at Central and Southest Europe in modern time to be able to explain how this process was historically going on and what are the results with the future perspectives • To be able to analyze a case study by individual or group work • To be able to choose an adequate research strategy and methods • To be able to do case study and scientific problem analyze • To be able to criticize an opponent’s view within a framework of tolerance and competence

Lectures, seminars, formulation of the problem questions Learning to cooperate and discuss Presentations Independent studies Individual and group work Case studies Practical solving-problem work Learning and organization work at the Moodle electronic-study system Problem learning Co-operative learning method

Students’ work achievement is evaluated within the framework of the 10 point scale following publically announced assessment criteria, methods and procedure by the Mykolas Romeris University. Assessment methods – examination (frontal, individual), individual presentation evaluation and the integral test of theoretical and practical knowledge


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Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introductory lecture: the Central and Southeast Europe: Geographic, national, linguistic, political and economic characteristics of the regions

Where are the borders of the Central and Southeast Europe? What are historical and cultural aspects of the Central and Southeast Europe? The ethnolinguistic structure of the Central and Southeast Europe. The characteristics of historical development of the Central and Southeast European states and nations and the regional geopolitics.

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

2. Borderlands and history of the Central and Southeast Europe

The main characteristics of the borderlands history of the Central and Southeast Europe from 1683 to the present time. The Central and Southeast Europe between Germany and Russia.

6

0

4

0

0

0

0

10

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

3. The Central and Southeast European nations and societies

The main characteristics of the national and social developments of the Central and Southeast European societies from 1683 to the present. Habsburg, Prussian/German, Venetian/Italian, Russian and Ottoman/Islamic impacts on the societies from both regions.

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

7

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

4. The Central Europe: Birthplace of the Modern World?

The “Phenomena of Vienna 1848?1938”. Vienna, Prague and Budapest and the cultural identity of the Central Europe in modern time. The Central European cultural and intellectual innovation and Modern World.

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

7

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

5. The Ottoman society and state organization in the Southeast Europe
The main characteristics and development of the Ottoman type of the society, state structure and economy in the region of the Southeast Europe. The Ottoman cultural inheritance in the region.

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

7

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

6. Comparative political history of the Central and Southeast Europe from 1683 to 1914
The Great Vienna War of 1683?1699, Poland-Lithuania between Prussia, Habsburg Monarchy and Russia. Three divisions of the “Republic of Two Nations” (Poland-Lithuania) between Prussia, Habsburg Monarchy and Russia. Habsburg and Russian wars against the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century. Creation of national states in the Southeast Europe in the 19th century. Two Balkan Wars of 1912?1913 against the Ottoman Empire.

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

7

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

7. Comparative political history of the Central and Southeast Europe from 1914 to the present
The First World War, 1914?1918. The Interwar years, 1918?1939. The Second World War, 1939?1945. The Cold War, 1948?1989. The post-Cold War history up to the present.

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

8

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

8. Exam

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

42

Integral test to check theoretical and practical knowledge

Overall

28

0

20

0

0

2

0

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Examination

50

Session period

The test consists of open and closed questions (varying difficulties, from understanding to evaluation), each question is worth one point. Assessment: 5: Excellent knowledge and skills. 45-50% of correct answers. 4: Good knowledge and skills; may be minor errors. 35-44% of correct answers. 3: Average knowledge and skills; there are errors. 25-34% of correct answers. 2: Knowledge and skills are below average; there are (basic) errors. 15-24% of correct answers. 1: Knowledge and skills to satisfy the minimum requirements; lots of errors. 5-14% of correct answers. 0: Does not meet minimum requirements. 0-4% of correct answers.

Report

30

Semester period

Assessment: The structure of presentation (evaluation criteria: clear and consistent layout (introduction, body and conclusion)) up to 1 point; Conceptualism of presentation (evaluation criteria: complete and reasonable disclosure of the chosen topic) up to 2 points; Failure to deliver presentation - 0 points.

Tasks

20

Semester period

20% - to actively and constructively participate in discussions, to answer questions, to formulate problems and issues, to provide critical comments; 10% - to participate in the debate, to answer to frequently asked questions; 0% - almost does not participate in the discussion or spent more than 1/3 of the seminars.