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Module

SOC2084 : Social Invention of Central Europe (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dariusz Gafijczuk
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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’.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable