SOC2084 : Social Invention of Central Europe (Inactive)
SOC2084 : Social Invention of Central Europe (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Dariusz Gafijczuk
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
1. To introduce students to key aspects and debates surrounding the construction of social spaces and
identities from contemporary and historical perspectives, particularly in relation to Central Europe.
2. To encourage students to engage with the questions around the construction of collective identities.
3. To look at the region of Central Europe from a wider contemporary European perspective.
4. To reflect on ways in which collective social identities, such as nationalism and regionalism, are full of ambiguities and contradictions.
5. To explore relationships between history, culture and society in creating and maintaining collective identities.
Summary of Themes:
1. Introduction to the theoretical and historical context of the idea of Europe and the concept of centrality
2. Imagined Geographies – the Ambivalence of Europe
3. Imagined Geographies – porous Territories
4. Construction of Centres – The Self
5. Construction of Centres – Tradition
6. Designing the Nation
7. The Tragedy of Central Europe
8. The Invention of Mitteleuropa
9. Production of Space
10. Pure and Impure Identity: The Eulogy for Sarajevo (1993)
Outline Of Syllabus
This aim of this module is to introduce students to the complexities and dynamics underpinning the invention of geo-political regions and collective identities, such as the notion of Europe and the region of Central Europe. The module will explore the relationship between history, culture and society focusing particularly on the notion of European/Central European identity. Students will encounter a variety of innovative approaches and problems in relation to cultural history and sociology, investigating the construction of a specific place and space, and learning about parallels between past and present, as well as issues that are unique to Europe and its centre as an imagined community. Special attention will be paid to how, historically speaking, places and localities including the idea of a nation, have always been a form of design – of perceptions, perspectives and ‘structures of feeling’.
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
By the end of this course the students will be familiar with:
1. Key dynamics underpinning the construction of social and cultural identities
2. The relationships between history, culture and social identity
3. Forms of perception making up the concept of tradition
4. Critical perspectives in relation to geo-political entities, such as the nation, Europe and ‘the West’
Intended Skill Outcomes
This module will enable students to apply a range of conceptual devices drawn across a range of disciplines, particularly sociology, history, cultural studies and geography, to analyse the construction of collective identities. It will develop skills such as critical thinking through active participation in lectures, seminars and written work. It will foster student’s ability to explore the intricacies, importance and limitations of the concepts surrounding the construction of collective identities.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||2:00||22:00||Timetabled in person sessions (2hr x 11)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||Workshops PiP (timetabled)|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||137:00||137:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Scheduled on-line contact time||1||3:00||3:00||Online live Q & A sessions|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
For 22/23 I plan to move most of the teaching back to the PiP model. The remaining synchronous and asynchronous elements of the module will deliver key knowledge and concepts with regard to theory and methods and relate these to the sociological issues of contemporary relevance. Through live instruction, as well as blended delivery of materials students will be able to interrogate theoretical constructs working with concepts and various epistemic frameworks. Through online methods and theorizing activities, students will practice working with methodological tools and theoretical paradigms. Both the synchronous and asynchronous modes of delivery will further the accumulation of knowledge and development of analytical skills by performing a series of tasks designed to put this knowledge to use.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||40||1,500 - on a European region, tradition or collective identity, investigate its creation/invention.|
Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The essay and the case study will test and encourage students to critically engage with cultural and social realities – past and present. They will also encourage direct, creative engagement with core concepts surrounding identity construction and its relationship to social environments, including physical spaces.
The essay will give students the opportunity to explore more formal conceptualizations of collective identity as well as sharpen their analytical skills by engaging with a theme in-depth.
The case study will provide students with factual/historical information in relation to one of the Central European identities/cultures which can then be affectively used in the final essay, as support materials for more theoretical discussion.
Past Exam Papers
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