University of Miskolc
Faculty of Humanities and Arts
Institute of Applied Social Sciences
2017/2018 Academic year
Central Europe: Approaches from Social Theory and Social Psychology
The aim of the subject
The students will be introduced into the social psychological characteristics of the Central European societies with a special emphasize on the structures and contents of collective identities such as national, ethnic, religious identities. Due to the historical vicissitudes of the region majority and minority patterns of identity have been intertwined. Antisemitism fueled by resentment on behalf of the majority, anti-Gypsy sentiments and xenophobia will be discussed in detail.
All students will be required to submit an essay dealing with an issue related to the field of study.
Where is Central Europe?
Passages to Modernity
Theories of the Nation
Social entropy and its default
The stock of knowledge of national identity
Spontaneous national identity, membership and national pride
Nationalism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia
Migration and the emergence of new minorities in Europe
András Monory Mész’s film: Meteo
Disappearance of Central Europe?
Csepeli György-Örkény Antal: Inter-Ethnic Relations in Europe
Schoepflin, G. Europe: An Epistemological Crisis. In Jensen, J. Miszlivezt, F. 2015. Refraiming Europe’s Future. Challenges and Failures of the European Construction. London: Routledge