Minorities in Europe II: Cont. Issues

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LHF055P05
Vaknaam Minorities in Europe II: Cont. Issues
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Minorities in Europe II: Contemporary Issues
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the course unit, students are able to:

1. Analyse issues concerning minorities in contemporary Europe using selected theories and concepts from the fields of anthropology and sociology. (TER 1.1)
2. Break down key political and cultural debates concerning minorities, especially migrant minorities, in Europe into their constituent elements (such as positions, implicit and explicit assumptions, meaning-making, etc.) and analyse these, both separately and in connection to each other. (TER 1.2)
3. Analyse how local, national and transnational authorities and governments in Europe engage with minorities and the cultural and linguistic diversity they embody. (TER 1.2)
4. Identify the role that culture, religion, politics, language and other aspects of culture and society play in minority group formation and the minoritisation of specific communities in contemporary Europe. (TER 1.5)
5. Discuss specific case studies of minority issues in contemporary Europe, concerning both local and migrant minorities, and taking into account global, regional, transnational, national and local contexts. (TER 1.5)
6. Recognise both the linguistic and social dimensions of minority issues in contemporary Europe (TER 2.3.)
7. Compose a well-structured podcast that lucidly conveys, to a broad audience, an analysis of a contemporary minority issue in Europe. (TER 4.1)
Omschrijving National cultures in Europe are not as monolithic as they might seem. European nation states contain all kinds of groups of people who differ from the mainstream of the social majority: minorities. This course, which focuses on World War II onwards history, introduces students to so-called localized minorities, who (claim to) share a language, a history, ethnic traits, etc. As a consequence of the ongoing process of globalization, there are large groups of migrants recently immigrated into Europe which are often seen as migrant minorities. Whereas the localized minorities are the embodiment of Europe’s ideal of cultural and linguistic diversity, the migrant minorities usually are ‘invited’ to integrate, also linguistically and culturally speaking. Over the seven weeks of this course students will receive a thorough overview of the great cultural diversity of Europe in recent history, the most dominant points of view held on minorities, as well as on the gains and threats of multicultural society. Students will deepen their knowledge on cultural diversity in Europe through discussing texts by major authors in this field and the in-depth analyses of case-studies. Through reading and discussing key texts of case studies of minorities in different parts of Europe, students will broaden their empirical knowledge of theoretical discussions to help them understand how conflicts come about and how they can be avoided or solved.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
(2 uur werkcollege, 2 uur hoorcollege)
Toetsvorm podcast, tentamen
(schriftelijk 3 hours)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator F.H. Eiró de Oliveira, PhD.
Docent(en) F.H. Eiró de Oliveira, PhD. , S. Lee, PhD.
Entreevoorwaarden Students are not required to have completed the course Minorities in Europe I: Histories
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 1 semester II b verplicht
Ba Europese talen en culturen (tot en met cohort 2021)  (Keuzevak) 1 semester II b keuze
Ba Minorities & Multilingualism 1 semester II b verplicht