Course: Nations and nationalism

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Course title Nations and nationalism
Course code KHI/NACIT
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Rychlík Jan, prof. PhDr. DrSc.
Course content
Lectures: 1) What is a nation; objectivistic (primordial) and subjective concepts of the nation; political and ethnic nation. 2) The emergence of modern nations in Europe; the emergence of nationalism. 3) Formation of national identity and possibilities of its change. 4) Conflicts between nations; possibilities of resolving national conflicts. 5) National and multinational state; possibilities of resolving national disputes in multinational states. 6) The emergence of nation-states in Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. 7) Disintegration of multinational states.¨(separate lectures for particular countries) 8) Conclusions.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 42 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 39 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 39 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with different concepts of the concept of nation and nationalism and to point out the importance of nationalism as a modern ideology. Exercises: The lectures are followed by exercises where students will interpret important sources on particular key topics of the period and discuss them (inter alia on the features of national propaganda, attempts to change the national identity of the population, the roots and genesis of national conflicts in multinational states and demise of multinational states).
It corresponds to the definition of the subject and to the demands given in syllabus.
Fulfilment of previous study obligations, see the study program.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Active attendance on discussions (lessons); fulfilment of homework; study of recommended literature. Every student must read at least three books dealing with the topic (it is possible to read also other books than those on the list) and must write a short essay.
Recommended literature
  • Arnošt (Ernest)Gellner:. Národy a nacionalismus.
  • Eric Hobsbawm. Národy a nacionalismus po roce 1780. Program, mýty, realita.
  • Galandauer, J. Vznik Československé republiky 1918. Praha 1988.
  • Jan Rychlík a kol. Mezi Vídní a Cařihradem. Utváření balkánských národů.
  • Jan Rychlík a kol. Terstem a Istanbulem. Balkánské národy ve 20. století.
  • Jan Rychlík. Rozdělení Československa. Česko-slovenské vztahy 1989-19.
  • Jan Rychlík. 1918 ? vznik Československa a rozpad RakouskaUherska.
  • Miroslav Hroch. Národy nejsou dílem náhody. Příčiny a předpoklady utváření moderních evropských národů. 2009.
  • Miroslav Hroch. Pohledy na národ a nacionalismus.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): - (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter