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European Identity between Unity and Diversity: Problems and Challenges. - JMMZ778
Anglický název: European Identity between Unity and Diversity: Problems and Challenges.
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2018
Semestr: letní
Body: 4
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:0/0 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (50)
Minimální obsazenost: 15
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Garant: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D.
doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (03.09.2019)
Course: European Identity between Unity and Diversity:
Problems and Challenges

Organized by: Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences,
Institute of International Studies
Date: September 7th – September 21st, 2019 (15 days)
Place: Prague, Czech Republic

This study programme is internationally acknowledged and recognized.
Successful participants will be given 4 or 8 ECTS credits, depending on their efforts. This sylabus is concerning the 4 ECTS course rules.

The students are covering the costs for the programme (see more at summer-university.fsv.cuni.cz). It is possible to reduce the costs for living expenses for the students living in Prague.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (03.09.2019)


  • to provide students with a broad understanding of the most significant political and social issues in contemporary Europe
  • to analyze deeply the challenges and risks for the future of European development


The course is interdisciplinary and combines multiple learning methods, such as lectures, workshops, excursion and field work, group-work and student presentations with emphasis on discussion within the group.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (03.09.2019)

ECTS credits:

  • Students will earn 4 ECTS credits for active participation in the programme, which includes attendance, preparation (reading materials) for the workshop sessions, and taking part in the final group presentations.
  • After fulfilling all requirements, students will receive an official transcript with 4 credits.
  • In addition to the official transcript, students who have actively participated will get an official certificate of participation on the last day of the course. (This official certificate does not have any grade or number of credits stated on it.)

Course hours:

Active participation: 55 hours (1 hour = 60 minutes)

Time anticipated for preparation before the course (reading materials): 55 hours

Time anticipated for preparation for workshops and final presentations during the course: 10 hours

Time anticipated for writing the seminar paper and additional reading and research: 120 hours

Total time: 120 hours

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (03.09.2019)

Literature and other study materials




DÜR, Andreas, ZIMMERMANN, Hubert: Key Controversies in European Integration. Palgrave; Second Edition, 2016.

ETZOLD, Tobias, BOSSONG, Raphael: The Future of Schengen: Internal Border Controls as a Growing Challenge to the EU and the Nordics. In: SWP-Comment 2018/C 44, October 2018, on-line: https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/the-future-of-schengen/ (retrieved on 15. 3. 2019).

FUKUYAMA, Francis: The End of History? In: The National Interest, Summer 1989, 17 p.

GUILD, Elspeth et al.: What Is Happening to the Schengen Borders? In: CEPS Paper in Liberty and Security in Europe, No. 86 (2015), on-line: https://www.ceps.eu/publications/what-happening-schengen-borders (retrieved on 11. 3. 2016).

KASKA, Kadri et al.. Huawei, 5G and China as a Security Threat. NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Tallin 2019, on-line: https://ccdcoe.org/uploads/2019/03/CCDCOE-Huawei-2019-03-28-FINAL.pdf (retrieved on 23. 8. 2019).

O´DOHERTY, Caroline: The migrant crisis and the very different approaches adopted by the 28 EU states. In: Irish Examiner, 25. June 2018, on-line: https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/the-migrant-crisis-and-the-very-different-approaches-adopted-by-the-28-eu-states-472296.html (retrieved on 15. 3. 2019).

White Paper on the Future of Europe. Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025. European Commission, March 2017.





BAUMAN, Zygmunt: Liquid times: Living in an age of uncertainty. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007.

BARBER, Benjamin R.: Jihad vs. McWorld: The two axial principles of our age – tribalism and globalism – clash at every point except one: they may both be threatening to democracy. In: The Atlantic, No. 3 (1992).

BRATTBERG, Erik: Should Europe Buy Chinese 5G Technology? In: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 18, 2019, on-line: https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/03/18/should-europe-buy-chinese-5g-technology-pub-78610 (retrieved on 23. 8. 2019).

DINAN, Desmond – NUGET, Neill – PATERSON, William E.: EU in Crisis. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

KEANE, Sean: Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire. In: Cnet.com, August 20, 2019, on-line: https://www.cnet.com/news/huawei-ban-full-timeline-on-how-why-its-phones-are-under-fire/ (retrieved on 23. 8. 2019).

PANIZZA, Francisco (ed.): Populism and the Mirror of Democracy. London – New York: Verso, 2005. (Read at least the Introduction, pp. 1–31.)

RYFMAN, Philippe: Non-governmental organizations: an indispensable player of humanitarian aid. In: International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 89, No. 865, March 2007.

Official webpage of the Czech Presidency in the Council of the EU, on-line: https://www.vlada.cz/en/evropske-zalezitosti/predsednictvi-cr-v-rade-eu/presidency-to-the-eu-23295/ (retrieved on 5. 8. 2019).




BAUMAN, Zygmunt: Liquid modernity. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000.

BIGO, Didier, et al.: The EU Counter-Terrorism Policy: Responses to the Attacks in Paris: Towards an EU Security and Liberty Agenda. In: CEPS Paper in Liberty and Security in Europe, No. 81 (2015), on-line: https://www.ceps.eu/publications/eu-counter-terrorism-policy-responses-attacks-paris-towards-eu-security-and-liberty (retrieved on 11. 3. 2016).

BODEI, Remo: Memory and Identity of Europe. In: European Journal of Philosophy & Public Debate, Apr 2009, Vol. 1 Issue 1, pp 19-25.

BRADSHAW, Michael et al.: Contemporary World Regional Geography. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

CRESSWELL, Timothy: Towards a Politics of Mobility, Environment and Planning. In: Society and Space, Vol. 28 (2010), pp. 17-31.

DRULÁK, Petr: The Czech conundrum – post-communist, Central European and small, research paper published by the European Council on Foreign Relations, March 2012, on-line: www.ecfr.eu/article/reinventing_europe_czech_lessons_for_small_countries (retrieved on 7. 8. 2017).

DRULÁK, Petr: Who makes Czech foreign policy? Of Internationalists, Europeanists, Atlanticist and Autonomists? Unauthorised translation from French: DRULÁK, Petr: Qui décide la politique étrangere tchèque? Les internationalistes, les européanistes, les atlantistes ou les autonomistes? In: La revue internationale et stratégique. Numéro spécial: Les fondements des politiques étrangeres des États européens, 61/2006, pp. 70-84.

GILBERT, Geoff: Why Europe Does Not Have a Refugee Crisis. In: International Journal of Refugee Law, Vol. 27, No. 4 (2015), pp. 531–535, on-line: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Migration/StudyMigrants/CivilSociety/GeoffGilbert.pdf (retrieved on 5. 9. 2016).

HUDSON, Leila: Liquidating Syria, Fracking Europe. In: Middle East Policy, Vol. 22, No. 4 (2015), pp. 22-39.

IRRERA, Daniela: Eu and Civil Society: The Case of NGOs in Peace Missions and Humanitarian Intervention. In: Romanian Journal of European Affairs, Vol. 10. No. 1, 2010.

KAGAN, Robert: Power and Weakness. In: Policy Review, June & July 2002, pp. 3-28.

LARIK, Joris: Arma fero, ergo sum? The European Union, NATO and the Quest for „European Identity“. In: KUIPERS, Jan-Jaap – de WAELE, Henri (eds.): The European Union’s Emerging International Identity: Views from the Global Arena. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2013, pp. 43–71.

MARKOFF, John: Where and When Was Democracy Invented? In: Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 41, No. 4 (1999), pp. 660-690.

ORBÁN, Viktor: Speech on the 170th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, March 16, 2018.

TAYLOR, Paul: Disintegration or revival? Europe after Brexit and with Trump. In: Eurozine, on-line: http://www.eurozine.com/disintegration-or-revival/ (retrieved on 23. 2. 2017).

SCHNEIKER, Andrea: Humanitarian NGO Security Networks and Organisational Learning: Identity Matters and Matters of Identity. In: International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University, 2013, DOI 10.1007/s11266-013-9401-6.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. (03.09.2019)


Guarantors: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D. and doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc.


1/ Problems and Challenges of Europe

  • Lecture: Facing New Challenges instead of Relaxing at the End of History

·         Workshop: From Liquid Times to Which Times?

2/ European Identity

  • Lecture/Workshop: Does a Common European Identity Exist?
  • Field work: Uncovering Cultural Heterogeneity in Prague


3/ European Dis/Integration

  • Lecture/Workshop: European Dis/Integration
  • Workshop: Searching for the Limits of European Integration

4/ Dealing with the Challenges in Practice

  • Excursion & Discussion: Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Discussion: People in Need


5/ Populism

  • Lecture/Workshop: Populism – A Threat to European Democracy?
  • Workshop: Populist Parties across Europe


6/ Migration, Integration and Security

  • Lecture/Workshop: Frontiers in Europe
  • Workshop: Approach of European Countries to Migration


7/ Liberal Democracy

  • Lecture/Workshop: Liberal Democracy in Europe
  • Workshop: Nationalism in Modern Europe


8/ Europe as a Global Actor

  • Lecture/Workshop: Europe between US and China
  • Workshop: Development of 5G Networks and its Controversies


9/ European Identity between Unity and Diversity

  • Group work (two tutorials during the course)
  • Final Group Presentations



Group work and final group presentations


In the final group presentations and discussion, students have an opportunity to demonstrate that they are not only able to define the most significant recent political and social issues for Europe (both internal and external), but also to consider the possible reactions of EU member states and to assess the acceptability, applicability and sustainability of proposed solutions. Students will be given a team-based project.
Part of our purpose will be to examine how difficult it is to agree upon a common proposal in a diverse group of students coming from various countries and holding different views.
Our lecturers and professors will be available to answer questions, provide assistance, and consult with students about their work.




Lecturers and tutors


Doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D.

Doc. Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, M.A., Ph.D.

PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D.

PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D.

PhDr. Zuzana Kasáková, Ph.D.

Mgr. Jan Váška, Ph.D.

Mitchell Young, M.A., Ph.D.

PhDr. Martin Mejstřík


Course coordinator:

Mgr. Anežka Fojtíková, B.A.



External lecturers and tutors:

PhDr. Michal Dimitrov, Ph.D. – freelance journalist working for Czech Television, alumnus and lecturer of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University


PhDr. Petr Balla – alumnus and lecturer of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University


Václav Kopecký, MA. – research fellow at the AMO Research Center (Association for International Affairs), alumnus and lecturer of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

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