Academic Curriculum

The academic curriculum of the 15 ECTS-points course focuses on Europe’s history, current political debates, minorities and nationalism.

A jolly discussion during the Minority Lab in Târgu Mureș, Romania

A jolly discussion during the Minority Lab in Târgu Mureș, Romania

Photo: Radu Rosca

The organizer of the course is the Centre for Border Region Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and course responsible is Associate Professor Martin Klatt.

The teachers are all affiliated with the Centre for Border Region Studies.

Teaching method will be active learning, where the participants are obliged to engage in classroom discussions and group work. The participants will research and present cases under the guidance of the teachers.

Important info on ECTS-credit

It is not compulsory to take an exam after the programme. This is of course necessary if you want to achieve the ECTS-credit, but you are very welcome to join the academic classes out of interest without taking the exam. Please let us know on your application what you have in mind, and also if you plan to take credits on bachelor’s or master’s level.

The University of Southern Denmark strongly expects that studies such as Political Science, European Studies, History, Social Sciences etc. will accept this curriculum as merit, but please note that any approval is depended on your home university and cannot be guaranteed by the University of Southern Denmark.

A teaching session during the Minority Lab in Târgu Mureș, Romania.

A teaching session during the Minority Lab in Târgu Mureș, Romania.

Photo: Radu Rosca

This academic course will include the following topics, which will be presented theoretically and in case studies. A full course description to use for approval with your home university can be found here(where nothing else is mentioned, lectures are taught by prof. Martin klatt)

Week 14 (30/3 - 5/4)

Introduction to the programme. No academic schedule.

Week 15

Participation in YEN's easter seminar (all week)

Week 16

From Stone Age nomads to societies: identity and group formation (prof. Dorte Andersen)

A brief European history – from the Romans to the EU (prof. Steen Bo Frandsen)

Week 17

Nationalism and the concept of national minorities

The post WWI peace order – nation states and minorities

Week 18

Minorities as “5th column” – cause of WWII?

Week 19

Soviet nationality politics – and their impact today (prof. Katarzyna Stoklosa)

The post-Yugoslav space: Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo as country cases (prof. Dorte Andersen)

Week 20

Post-Cold War: European frameworks (framework convention for the protection of national minorities, European charter for regional and minority languages)

Week 21

Regionalization, cultural autonomy, territorial autonomy, non-territorial autonomy as frameworks for minority accommodation

Week 22

Other minorities (religious, linguistic, sexual) – different approaches?

Populist turn? Renationalization or diversity – contemporary developments

Week 23

Cases: Ukraine, Hungary, Scandinavia (Sami), Denmark-Germany… - lectures and student presentations

Week 24 (8/6 - 14/6)

All week: study trip to a European destination. No academic schedule.

Week 25 & 26

Preparations and exams.