BKA108 Contemporary Balkans

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
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
Wed 12:00–14:40 C11
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
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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).
Learning outcomes
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.
    required 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
    recommended literature
  • ŠESTÁK, Miroslav. Dějiny jihoslovanských zemí. Praha: Lidové noviny, 1998. 756 s. ISBN 80-7106-266-9. 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
  • HLADKÝ, Ladislav. Bosenská otázka v 19. a 20. století. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita v Brně, 2005. 388 s. ISBN 8021036745. info
  • ŠÍSTEK, František. Dějiny Černé Hory. Vydání první. Praha: NLN, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2017. 614 stran. ISBN 9788074224980. info
  • RYCHLÍK, Jan and Miroslav KOUBA. Dějiny Makedonie. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2003. 458 s. ISBN 80-7106-642-7. info
  • RYCHLÍK, Jan. Dějiny Bulharska. Vyd. 1. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2000. 508 s. ISBN 80-7106-404-1. info
  • ŠTĚPÁNEK, Václav. Jugoslávie - Srbsko - Kosovo : kosovská otázka ve 20. století. Vydání 1. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. 471 stran. ISBN 9788021054769. 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
  • Dějiny Rumunska. Edited by Kurt W. Treptow. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2000. 543 s. ISBN 8071063487. info
  • HRADEČNÝ, Pavel. Dějiny Řecka. 2., dopl. a rozš. vyd. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2007. 768 s. ISBN 80-7106-192-1. info
  • KREISER, Klaus and Christoph K. NEUMANN. Dějiny Turecka. Translated by Petr Kučera. Vyd. 1. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2010. 329 s. ISBN 9788074220128. 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 2017.
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