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Concepts and Interpretations of Balkan History - JTM053
Title: Concepts and Interpretations of Balkan History
Guaranteed by: Department of Russian and East European Studies (23-KRVS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 16 / unknown (15)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: prof. PhDr. Kateřina Králová, Ph.D., M.A.
Teacher(s): prof. PhDr. Kateřina Králová, Ph.D., M.A.
Class: Courses for incoming students
The course will introduce students to the main concepts of Southeast European history and interpretations of this complex area. Although histories and discourses on and about the region – commonly referred to as the Balkans – have evolved and developed, many stereotypes still persist both among outsiders and locals. Hence, in this course, we will seek to uncover and interpret the (self-)ascribed meanings of the history interpretation based on readings and visual material and through peer debates.
Last update: Tomečková Jiřina, Mgr. (26.09.2023)
Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to introduce students to specific forms of historical thinking about the given region of Europe that relate to the constructions and conflicts of states, nations and identities. Students will be trained in deep reading, critical thinking and teamwork combined with time management and presentation skills. Finally, they will put their knowledge and skills into practice by creating posters and writing up case studies.

Last update: Tomečková Jiřina, Mgr. (26.09.2023)
Course completion requirements

Grading is based on the Dean's Measure no. 20/2019:

91% and more => A
81-90% => B
71-80% => C
61-70% => D
51-60% => E
0-50% => F

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Last update: Lochmanová Sára, Bc. (05.10.2023)
Reading will be available for the registered students in Moodle.
Last update: Tomečková Jiřina, Mgr. (26.09.2023)
Teaching methods
The course combines individual preparation and class discussion based on assigned readings, augmented by teamwork, written/graphic assignments and peer reviews supervised by the course instructor.
Last update: Tomečková Jiřina, Mgr. (26.09.2023)
Requirements to the exam

The students are expected to:

  • independently prepare for each class
  • actively engage in class debates
  • discuss the assigned reading
  • create a poster
  • peer review
  • write up a course-related case study


Last update: Tomečková Jiřina, Mgr. (26.09.2023)
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