BKA108 Contemporary Balkans

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
3/0/0. 5 credit(s) (plus 1 for the colloquium). Recommended Type of Completion: k (colloquium). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Pavel Krejčí, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Pavel Pilch (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Stehlík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Václav Štěpánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Václav Štěpánek, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Pavel Krejčí, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 14:10–16:35 K21
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Studenti oboru BALKANISTIKA povinně zapisují variantu s ukončením "k", tj. za 6 kreditů (ukončení písemným testem).
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course presents a basic geographic, political, social and economic characteristics of the Balkan Peninsula and the countries in Southeastern Europe (Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Greece). On successful completion of the course student will acquire necessary knowledge and arguing skill on the ethnic and linguistic structure of the population, life and institutions of these countries as well as their cultural specifics. In this way he acquires a complex overview of the whole Southeastern Europe.
  • Geographic, administrative and political characteristics of the Balkans, introduction to the terminology;
  • Historical and cultural characteristics of the Balkans, nations and ethnic groups in the Balkans, religious map of the Balkans;
  • Geographic, administrative, historical, political, social and cultural characteristics of Croatia; Bosnia and Hercegovina; Montenegro; Serbia; Bulgaria; Romania; Macedonia; Albania; Kosovo; Greece and Cyprus.
    recommended literature
  • PELIKÁN, Jan, Tomáš CHROBÁK, Jan RYCHLÍK, Stanislav TUMIS, Ondřej VOJTĚCHOVSKÝ and Ondřej ŽÍLA. Státy západního Balkánu v uplynulém čtvrtstoletí a perspektivy jejich vývoje. Vydání první. Praha: Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, 2016. 464 stran. ISBN 9788073086480. info
  • TODOROVA, Marija Nikolaeva. Imagining the Balkans. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. xi, 257. ISBN 0195087518. info
  • TODOROVA, Marija Nikolaeva. Imaginarni Balkan. Translated by Dragan Starčević - Aleksandr Bajazetov-Vučen. 2. izd. Beograd: Knjižare krug, 2006. 476 s. ISBN 8675620543. info
  • MAZOWER, Mark. The Balkans : from the end of Byzantium to the present day. pbk ed. London: Phoenix, 2001. viii, 176. ISBN 9781842125441. info
  • ŠESTÁK, Miroslav. Dějiny jihoslovanských zemí. Praha: Lidové noviny, 1998. 756 s. ISBN 80-7106-266-9. info
  • HLADKÝ, Ladislav. Bosenská otázka v 19. a 20. století. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita v Brně, 2005. 388 s. ISBN 8021036745. info
  • RYCHLÍK, Jan and Milan PERENĆEVIĆ. Dějiny Chorvatska. 1. vyd. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2007. 576 s. ISBN 9788071068853. info
  • PELIKÁN, Jan. Dějiny Srbska. Vyd. 1. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2005. 670 s. ISBN 8071066710. info
  • RYCHLÍK, Jan. Dějiny Bulharska. Vyd. 1. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2000. 508 s. ISBN 80-7106-404-1. info
  • HRADEČNÝ, Pavel. Dějiny Řecka. 2., dopl. a rozš. vyd. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2007. 768 s. ISBN 80-7106-192-1. info
  • HRADEČNÝ, Pavel, Ladislav HLADKÝ, Virgjil MONARI, František ŠÍSTEK and Pavla HRADEČNÁ. Dějiny Albánie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2008. 716 s. ISBN 9788071069393. info
  • RYCHLÍK, Jan and Miroslav KOUBA. Dějiny Makedonie. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2003. 458 s. ISBN 80-7106-642-7. info
  • Dějiny Rumunska. Edited by Kurt W. Treptow. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2000. 543 s. ISBN 8071063487. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, home reading, class discussion.
Assessment methods
The course consists of thematically autonomous lectures of several Balkan scholars. Prerequisites for granting the credit: regular attendance and thorough home preparation on weekly basis, participation in class discussion. There is going to be the final written exam, which concentrates on the student’s knowledge of the studied countries as well as the Balkans as a historically and culturally distinct region of Europe.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on completion of the course: studenti oboru BALKANISTIKA POVINNĚ ZAPISUJÍ UKONČENÍ KOLOKVIEM
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018.
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