After having followed this course, students will be able to|
1. outline and analyze the historical dynamics of national, regional and European identities;
2. identify and empirically explore dimensions of national, regional and European identities using survey data sources like the ISSP (International Social Survey Program) modules, Eurobarometers and the European Values Study (EVS);
3. describe, understand and explain cross-national varieties in these identities;
4. discuss these issues in debates;
5. review existing studies on dimensions of national, regional and European identities.
Access to ZACAT (https://zacat.gesis.org/webview/) is necessary and requires registration.
National and regional identities are increasingly seen as important determinants of politics, economy, culture and society in contemporary Europe and the globalizing world. In this course, we focus on this intriguing theme from historical and sociological points of view.|
We elaborate on the concepts of identity, nationalism and regionalism and put these in a historical perspective. We address questions about the usefulness of these categories and how they have developed over time. We focus on the consequences of the European unification for national identities vis-à-vis the emergence of a European identity and the growing impact of globalization on national and regional identities.
In a series of seminars, the core issues are explained and demonstrated, theories presented and empirical studies discussed and applied in a number of (group) assignments.
The substantive part of the course will not only be examined individually in two interim examinations and reading assignments, but also in team work (assignments, presentations and discussions). A significant part of the examination consist of a literature review of classic and contemporary studies on dimensions of national, regional and/or European identities to be made individually.
Type of instructions
Lectures, team work, presentations, debate.
Type of exams
Two interim examinations (25% each) and one literature review (50%).
Readinglist will be announced at the start of the course. Links to full-text articles will be made available on Blackboard.