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


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.


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


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



November 9



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



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