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Inter-Ethnic Relations in Europe

Author

György Csepeli, Antal Örkény

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Purpose and contents of the module

The course is aimed at to introducing students into the world of nations and large groups. The idea of the course is start with the primarily formation of group existence that provide a basic social psychological grammar of group life. Ethnocentrism, is presented as a corner stone of this grammar and student will see how the varieties of ethnocentrism endure throughout the ages. Nations are conceived as modern manifestations of group life and students will see the challenges modern nations’ face as a result of globalization.

The method of the course is blended learning which means a combination of face-to-face interaction in class and distance learning by using E-contents provided by the instructors. Each class has a slide show, a set of task to be resolved by the students, and required literature.

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Units of the module

Units

  1. Social groups and their boundaries
  2. Ethnocentrism
  3. Ethnic groups in harmony and tension
  4. Theories of the nation
  5. Social entropy and its default
  6. Passages to modernity
  7. The three historical regions of Europe
  8. Ethnic minorities in the modern nations states
  9. The stock of knowledge of the national consciousness
  10. Spontaneous national identity, membership and national pride
  11. Nationalism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia
  12. Antisemitism
  13. Anti-Roma sentiments
  14. Migration and the emergence of the new minorities in Europe

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Students are expected to

Minimum level

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Literature of module

Compulsory reading

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Keywords

Social groups and their boundaries,ethnocentrism, ethnic groups in harmony and tension, Theories of the nation, social entropy and its default, Passages to modernity ,The three historical regions of Europe, Ethnic minorities in the modern nations states, The stock of knowledge of the national consciousness, Spontaneous national identity, membership and national pride, Nationalism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia, Antisemitism, Anti-Roma sentiments, Migration and the emergence of the new minorities in Europe

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