Ljubljana, Slovenia

Identity Clashes in Europe

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 23 July 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7 EC
fee EUR 500

Europe is strongly defined by common values and putatively similar cultures among its nations. More and more people, however, question these values and the “European Spirit”, which thus leads to clashes on both a political, economic and societal level. The module aims to discuss the meaning of identities and how they are used in politics and society. It looks at current developments mainly at the geographical borders of the continent to explain the centrifugal forces that seem to tear Europe apart.

Course leader

Hirsiger Marcel, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland

Target group

Bachelor and Master students

Course aim

Europe is strongly defined by common values and putatively similar cultures among its nations. More and more people, however, question these values and the “European Spirit”, which thus leads to clashes on both a political, economic and societal level. The module aims to discuss the meaning of identities and how they are used in politics and society. It looks at current developments mainly at the geographical borders of the continent to explain the centrifugal forces that seem to tear Europe apart.
Students are able to:
- Define key concepts of identity and identification through discursive practices;
- Explain these concepts through their own, subjective position;
- Recognize elements of identity and identification in everyday culture;
- Discuss the importance of identity in current European developments;
- Interpret current issues in European politics through the perspective of identity
politics;
- Use these concepts to explain European challenges in current affairs;
Judge the current developments in European politics as a result of identity politics and to
differentiate different and diverging trends.

Credits info

7 EC
Certificate of Attendance: awarded at the end of the summer school to all students who complete the 3-week programme.
Transcript of records (with credits and grades): awarded only to students who complete all course obligations and pass the final examination.

Fee info

EUR 500: What is included?

- tuition for online synchronous lectures and access to all course materials/software/platforms;
- non-refundable registration/administrative fee,
- Certificate of Attendance and Transcript of records;
- professional administrative support before, during and after the programme;
- some organized activities during the programme to foster the intercultural experience.

Scholarships

None.