University of Miskolc

Faculty of Humanities and Arts

Institute of Applied Social Sciences

2017/2018 Academic year

Fall Semester



Central Europe: Approaches from Social Theory and Social Psychology



Instructor

György Csepeli



The aim of the subject

The students will be introduced into the social psychological characteristics of the Central European societies with a special emphasize on the structures and contents of collective identities such as national, ethnic, religious identities. Due to the historical vicissitudes of the region majority and minority patterns of identity have been intertwined. Antisemitism fueled by resentment on behalf of the majority, anti-Gypsy sentiments and xenophobia will be discussed in detail.



Requirements

All students will be required to submit an essay dealing with an issue related to the field of study.



Schedule

September 14

Where is Central Europe?

 

September 21

Passages to Modernity

 

September 28

Theories of the Nation

 

October 5

Social entropy and its default

 

October 12

The stock of knowledge of national identity

 

October 19

Spontaneous national identity, membership and national pride

 

October 26

Nationalism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia

 

November 2

Break

 

November 9

Antisemitism

 

November 16

Anti-Roma sentiments

 

November 23

Migration and the emergence of new minorities in Europe

 

November 30

András Monory Mész’s film: Meteo

 

December 7

Disappearance of Central Europe?

 

December 14

Students’ presentation

 

e-learning site

ELTE TaTK

E-tananyagok

Csepeli György-Örkény Antal: Inter-Ethnic Relations in Europe

Schoepflin, G. Europe: An Epistemological Crisis. In Jensen, J. Miszlivezt, F. 2015. Refraiming Europe’s Future.  Challenges and Failures of the European Construction. London: Routledge