Syllabus: Interpreting Contemporary Nationalism in Southeastern Europe

This course will explore different aspects of nationalism in Southeastern Europe. Focusing on former Yugoslavia, the course will also include case studies and discussions on other countries of the Balkans. Following a historical introduction, the class will mostly consider different aspects of nationalism in the social and political development of the past 20 years, ranging from causes of the wars in former Yugoslavia to the role of religion, gender, organized crime and democracy. As a 2-credit course, it is design to first discuss each aspect on a theoretical and general level, followed by specific cases studies drawn from the region.

The purpose of the course is to advance the student’s knowledge of Southeast Europe and to apply different aspects of nationalism studies to this region. The focus on Southeastern Europe is not to suggest that the reason constitute a particularity or even exception in understanding nationalism. Phenomena discussed in class will be applicable to other countries and regions around the world.

The learning outcomes of the course will enable students upon completion to:

  • Engage critically with different theories of nationalism and ethnic conflict;
  • Understand the dissolution process of Yugoslavia;
  • Be familiar with nationalism in Southeastern Europe, in particular in former Yugoslavia;
  • Engage with different disciplinary approaches to the study of nationalism.