DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000066

Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Globalization

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

2 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Basic knowledge on thoeretical approaches of ethnic identity, national grouping, multicultural civic society and globalization

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

Course content: This course examines historical, structural and global processes and critically assesses meanings of democracy, freedoms and civil society, multiethnicity and multiculturalism and problems of their practical application. Critique of the old and common heroic myth that “only unitary ethnolinguistic state can save the nation” will help students to understand and examine how myths can produce constant obstacle to the establishment and maintenance of pluralistic democratic world. Discussions on the right to national identity and the right of minorities to participate in the decision-making institutions will enable to research and identify the complex problems of managing public affairs in conformity with the constitution and the laws. The course will suggest rethinking the traditional understanding of nation state and civil society and introduce globalization as challenge and historical novelty in contemporary world. The purpose/aims of the course are: 1. To provide theoretical knowledge and skills for students to understand, investigate and critically evaluate complexities of and interconnections among ethnic identity (name of group, symbols, cultural artifacts and cultural heritage), phenomenon of multiculturalism in plural national, linguistic and religious societies, and aspects of globalization. 2. To provide knowledge on the main concepts, namely, ethnic identity, national grouping, multicultural civic society and globalization. 3. To teach methods analyzing contemporary global development and train necessary skills to understand, investigate and critically evaluate complexities of and interconnections among ethnic identity (name of group, symbols, cultural artifacts and cultural heritage), phenomenon of multiculturalism in plural national, linguistic and religious societies, and aspects of globalization.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

•To be able to understand notion and characteristics of ethnicity, concepts of multicultural society and the phenomenon of the process of globalization • To be able to present and discuss scientific research results upon studies on ethnicity, multiculturalism and globalization. • By analyzing the phenomenon of globalization to be able to explain how this process was historically going on and what are the results • 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 political 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


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Ethnicity, nation and nationalism

Theoretical concepts of ethnicity, nation, state and nationalism with critical overview. Models of state formation and nation-building with historical overview.

4

0

2

0

0

0

6

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. Language and group identity

Linguistic basis, concepts and models of group identity and national state formation. Two types of ethnolinguistic dispersions in the mixed ethnolinguistic communities. Linguistic differences in vernacular and literal language as group unifying and segregation roles.

4

0

2

0

0

0

6

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. Concept of multicultural society

Theories about multiculturalismand multicultural concept of society with critical overview. Multicultural vs. unicultural concepts of society.

4

0

4

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 study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

4. Private and public domains in multicultural societies

Characteristics and differences between unitary and plural societies. Concepts of plural society and multicultural coexistence. Functions of private and public domains in plural multicultural society. Different policies and results of minority integration.

4

0

4

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 study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

5. Individual/group identity and citizenship in multicultural societies

Historical overview of the concepts of citizenship from the Greek antique “polis” city-states up today. Notion of “homo politicus”, citizenship and multicultural society in modern world. The ethno-linguistic, ethno-cultural and ethno-confessional minority’s right protection.

4

0

2

0

0

0

6

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. Understanding globalization

Theories about globalization and their critical approaches. Practical and popular understanding of the process of globalization and its results. The roots of anti-globalization movement, its program and results

4

0

2

0

0

0

6

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.

7. Global democracy for the global world

Theoretical model of cosmopolitan democratic political system and its practical possibilities to be established and maintained.
Processes of globalization and their impact on meanings of ethnicity, citizenship and
multicultural society.

4

0

4

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 study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

8. Exam

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

42

Integral test to check theoretical and practical knowledge

Overall

28

0

20

0

0

0

2

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.