ETMA123 We and the Others: the troubles with multiculturalism

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023

The course is not taught in Autumn 2023

Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Michal Pavlásek, Ph.D. (lecturer), doc. PhDr. Miroslav Válka, Ph.D. (deputy)
doc. PhDr. Miroslav Válka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Miroslav Válka, Ph.D.
Department of European Ethnology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Martina Maradová
Supplier department: Department of European Ethnology - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The issue of the course is problems of multiculturalism through history development, but therefore an accent is done on the situation today. Phenomenon of multiculturalism is a topical theme of present world and belong to study diffrent disciplines, including ethnology.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students should be able to understand and explain key concepts of multiculturalism. Students should be able understand to mechanism of social construction minorities or the "others" in generally, understand the phenomenon of multiculturalism and politics of recognition in contemporary World.
  • 1. Introduction to course (Multiculturalism – a phenomenon which has been praised and damned, declared dead and reborn, never existing or omnipresent in living memory. But how to define this abstruse process, ideology, or thing?
  • 2. Concept of multiculturalism, multicultural situations, multiculturality
  • 3. Political theory of multiculturalism
  • 4. Limits of multiculturalism
  • 5. Orientalism, balkanism, nesting balkanism and allochronism - discourse analysis
  • 6. Post-colonialism
  • 7. The position of post-colonialism
    required literature
  • FANON, Frantz. Černá kůže, bílé masky : postkoloniální myšlení I. Translated by Irena Kozelská. Vydání první. Praha: Tranzit, 2011. 191 stran. ISBN 9788087259122. info
  • SAID, Edward W. Orientalismus : západní koncepce Orientu. Translated by Petra Nagyová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Paseka, 2008. 459 s. ISBN 9788071859215. info
  • Antropologie multikulturních společností : rozumět identitě. Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen - Marek Jakoubek, Translated by Tereza Kuldová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Triton, 2007. 268 s. ISBN 9788072549252. info
  • BARŠA, Pavel. Politická teorie multikulturalismu (Political Theory of Multiculturalism). 1st ed. Brno: CDK, 1999. 347 pp. Politologická řada 4. ISBN 80-85959-47-X. info
  • TODOROVA, Marija Nikolaeva. Imagining the Balkans. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. xi, 257. ISBN 0195087518. info
  • Multiculturalism : a critical reader. Edited by David Theo Goldberg. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994. x, 452 s. ISBN 0-631-18911-4. info
    recommended literature
  • Everyday multiculturalism. Edited by Amanda Wise - Selvaraj Velayutham. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. xiv, 282. ISBN 9780230210370. info
  • The rights of minority cultures. Edited by Will Kymlicka. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. ix, 387 s. ISBN 0-19-878101-6. info
Teaching methods
Presentations, lectures, class discussions and analysis based on the reading of assigned literature and visual images and symbols.
Assessment methods
Student during the semester will submit 10 assignments (based on the reading texts) and a final essay. Essay will be defended and discussed at the final meeting.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on the per-term frequency of the course: jeden semestr.
The course is taught: every week.

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