DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000597

Balkan Nationalism and Ethnic Conflicts

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič (http://vsotirovic.home.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

Class room

2 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Basic knowledge on the Balkan studies and introductory knowlegde of nationalism studies

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

• To examine the ideological basis for the creation of “Great” Balkan and Southeast European states: Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania and Yugoslavia as united state of all South Slavs. • The students will get knowledge on the subject of rise of national ideologies among the Balkan nations and its long-term impact from the age of Reformation to contemporary attempts of forcible creation of the united national and ethnically homogenous states • To provide the students with understanding of the process of creation of the national idiologies and programmes to create united national states in the Balkans and Southeast Europe, • To evaluate recent eastward enlargement of the European Union, its present as well as possible future consequences based on the key studies of the Balkan countries and nations, and • To provide the students with a basic competence to deal with different political, social, legal and economic problems on contemporary Balkan societies, states and nations.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

• To be able to understand the process of creation of the Balkan 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 Balkan nationalism and ethnic conflicts in the region • By analyzing the policy and process of the atempts to create a united national states at the Balkans and Southeast Europe 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 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


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Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introductory lecture: The Balkans and Southeast Europe: Geographic, national, linguistic, political and economic characteristics of the region

Where are the borders of the Balkan Peninsula? What is the region of Southeast Europe? The microregions of the Balkans and Southeast Europe. What are historical and cultural aspects of the Balkans and Southeast Europe? The ethnolinguistic structure of the Balkans and Southeast Europe. Characteristics of historical development of the Balkan and Southeast European states and regional geopolitics.

4

0

2

0

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. National identities and development of national ideologies from the time of the late Renaissance to Baroque

The Slavic idea in Dalmatia, 1477-1700. Panslavism of Juraj Križanić. The idea of united Illyrian state by count Georgie Branković.

4

0

2

0

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. National identities and development of national ideologies from the time of Baroque till the Balkan Wars 1912-1913

Croatia Rediviva by Pavao Ritter Vitezović. Serbs all and everywhere by Vuk Stefanović Karadžić. Načertanije by Ilija Garašanin. The ideology of Illyrian Movement. Greek Megali Idea. The idea of San Stefano Greater Bulgaria.

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.

4. The 20th–21st centuries national ideologies and inter- ethnic, national conflicts in the Balkans and Southeast Europe

The historical and conceptual foundation of the “Greater Albania” project. Old and new “Macedonian Question”. Boshnjak identity and Bosnian language. Balkan nationalism and destruction of ex-Yugoslavia. Greek-Turkish conflict over Cyprus.

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.

5. Ideological clashes and military conflicts between Balkan and Southeast European nations and states over contested territories
Disputes and conflicts over Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo-Metohija, Transylvania, Dobruja, Dubrovnik, Istria, Thrace and Macedonia. Tolerance and intolerance towards ethnic and confessional minorities in the Balkans and Southeast Europe.

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.

6. The Balkans: A religious backyard of Europe
The role of religion in the Balkans in creation of national identities and national ideologies. Religion and making the conflicts between the regional nations and states. Religious wars in the Balkans and Southeast Europe.

4

0

2

0

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. Balkan nationalism and ethnic conflicts: results and consequences
Common conclusions on the results and political and social consequences of the Balkan nationalism and ethnic conflicts in the region of Southeast Europe during the last centuries. Debates on the future EU enlargement at the Balkans and the consequences of the accession of the Balkan and Southeast European states and nations to the EU. The benefits for the EU member states to include all Balkan states and nations to the EU.

4

0

2

0

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.

8. Exam

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.