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EUST3006: Balkan Identities

Balkan Identities focuses on the development of the Balkan nations as a geopolitical space in the broader context of Europe. The social, religious, cultural, and political identities of the Balkan peninsula are studied with reference to the effects of Ottoman occupation as the primary defining influence into the 20th century. Literature and film are used as the primary means of understanding the main issues of ethnic and national identities over this period. The formation of the Republic of Yugoslavia and its disintegration in the wars of the 1990s are studied with reference to contemporary source documents.

Code EUST3006
Academic unit European Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in the European Studies or in French and Francophone Studies or Germanic Studies or Italian Studies or Modern Greek or Spanish and Latin American Studies or Classical Hebrew or Modern Hebrew or Jewish Civilisation Thought and Culture or Arabic Language and Cultures or International and Comparative Literary Studies or English

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Accurately and comprehensively identify and discuss the geographical, ethno-cultural, social, political and historical aspects of the Balkans in culturally sensitive language. (Information & understanding).
  • LO2. Critically analyse and interpret aspects of Balkan histories, cultures, societies and politics in clear, accurate and succinct language at appropriate levels of theoretical and methodological sophistication (Analysis & interpretation).
  • LO3. Construct arguments and hypotheses in response to specific research questions with reference to issues of Balkan history and identity (Thesis-building & argumentation).
  • LO4. Undertake individual scholarly research with clear guidelines and under supervision on an aspect of Balkan history, identity or politics (Research).
  • LO5. Apply relevant disciplinary and methodological approaches to the evaluation of aspects of social, cultural and political change in the Balkans (Disciplinary Theoretical and Methodological understanding).
  • LO6. Make informed contributions to group discussions of relevant material and provide critical and/or analytical reflections on group discussions and assignments regarding Balkan materials (Collaborative discussion, communication).
  • LO7. Engage in detailed, theoretically sophisticated and informed presentation, feedback and discussion of aspects of Balkan history and identity in a culturally and inter-culturally sensitive, tolerant and ethical manner (Presentation, communication and inclusiveness).

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.