SPS516 Balkans in the World Culture

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
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SPS516 Balkans in the World Culture 3 0 6 Monday 10:00-13:00
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Course Objectives • To introduce students with the available imaginations of the Balkans in historiography and literature;
• To explore the efforts to re-define the Balkans in more positive terms in current history and literature;
• To explore the political, social, economic and cultural histories of the Balkans;
• To survey main approaches and debates towards the disintegration of former Yugoslavia;
• To provide students with basic dynamics of post-conflict resolution and future prospects of the Balkan states.
Textbook Said, Edward W. (1979) Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books. Bjelic, Dusan I., Savic, Obrad ed. (2002) Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Todorova, Maria ed. (2004) Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory, London: Hurst & Company. Jezernik, Bozidar. (2004) Wild Europe: The Balkans in the Gaze of Western Travellers. London: Saqi Books in association with The Bosnian Institute. Djokić, Dejan, Ker-Lindsay, James ed. (2011) New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies, London: Routledge.
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Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the political, social, economic and cultural histories of the Balkans.
  2. Discuss current imaginations of the Balkans.
  3. Explain current political, social and economic issues facing former Yugoslavian states.
  4. Explain dynamics of post-conflict resolution and future prospects of the Balkan states.
  5. Conduct research to critically analyse current and possible imaginations of the Balkans in the current literature.
Teaching Methods Class lectures, discussions, presentations, assignments
Teaching Method Delivery Teaching Method Delivery Notes
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Course introduction
Week 2 Orientalism, Balkanism and Occidentalism Orientalism: Introduction+Chapter1
Week 3 Orientalism, Balkanism and Occidentalism Orientalism: Chapter 2
Week 4 Orientalism, Balkanism and Occidentalism Orientalism: Chapter 3
Week 5 Balkan Identity and Nationality Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory, Part I
Week 6 Balkan Identity and Nationality Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory, Part I
Week 7 Balkan Identity and Nationality Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory, Part II
Week 8 Balkan Identity and Nationality Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory, Part II
Week 9 Take Home Assignment
Week 10 Trauma & Myth Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation
Week 11 Trauma & Myth Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation
Week 12 Travel Writing on the Balkans Wild Europe: The Balkans in the Gaze of Western Travelers
Week 13 Travel Writing on the Balkans Wild Europe: The Balkans in the Gaze of Western Travelers
Week 14 New Perspectives on Yugoslavia New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies
Week 15 Review
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Essay 1 30 1-5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Written Assignments 4 20 1-5
Presentations 4 20 1-5
Participation 1 10 1-5
Take Home Assignment 1 20 1-5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Home Study 3 15 45
Written Assignments 5 4 20 Final Essay 20 1 20
Take Home Assignment 20 1 20
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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