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   Course Title    Contemporary History
Lecturer    Zemaida Mozali
Institution    Shkodra "L.Gurakuqi" Universiteti
Country    Albania


I. AIM OF THE COURSE:

To teach the modern history of Southeastern Europe from another point of view, by studying it in a new historical context.

To try to explain to the students the historical past in order to prepare them to better understand the present and the future also

To help the students have a real understanding of history, by reconsidering the past from two perspectives: that of their time and of today

Promoting archival research for the students and expanding and enriching what is known about some main and essential developments of our history

To encourage theoretical debates about domestic and international relations, about power balancing and the transformation of international politics

Development of multilateral initiatives for teaching and research in order to learn to understand the history of our countries from a multitude of perspectives

Trying to deconstruct the stereotypes about our region, even those that exist within it

 

Short and long-term objectives:

To help the students to widen their horizon and knowledge, to better understand history

The course is supposed to bring a comparative and highly interactive approach to students interested in such topics

To stir up lively, but rigorous debate on the critical issues of history

To enable the scholars to better understand, exchange and develop ideas about the history of the Balkans

Raise new, contemporary questions

Introduce new, experimental and innovative forms of discussion

 

II: DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE and the ROLE OF THE COURSE IN THE OVERALL DEGREE CURRICULUM

This will be a new course for the students of the University of Shkodra, Department of History.

The special topics of this program, primarily its interdisciplinary nature, differentiate it from a standard academic package of its kind, without compromising its academic quality, content or efficiency.

This program will be based mainly on lectures, and course work. It will last 32 academic hours, which will be dedicated to lectures falling under four broad subject areas, namely:

During this course, I will not go into detailed analysis of Southeastern Europe history, but I hope that the theoretical arguments and inferences drawn from the bitter experience of SEE will convincingly be shown as universally valid. My aim is not simply the sphere of historical description. The description and analysis of significant historical realities, of events that have occurred in the past is an endless task: such pictures can always be supplemented by newly discovered and newly highlighted data; dated empirical material can always be expanded, giving rise to newer interpretations and leading to the resolution of past conflicts between interpretations.

Researchers from Central and Southeast European countries or from outside the region have made considerable and productive efforts: the available literature on the Central and SEE is indeed imposing.

The course will help the students to better learn the history of the Balkans and the poles of development. The students should better understand many problems related to their Balkan history. They should be aware of some facts which deconstruct the stereotypes that exist about the Balkans. This Course will be a real opportunity to discuss these topics.

 

SUBJECT AREA

NO of HOURS

HOUR TOPIC

 

 

SOUTHEASTERN EUROPEAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

1

 

2


3

 

4

Special aspects of SEE in the Cold and Post-Cold War Era

Current Affairs in Southeastern Europe

International Relations in SEE:Past, present and future

The human Geography of contemporary SEE

 

 

POLITICS, ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY IN A DEMOCRATIC SETTING

5

 


6


7

 

8

The political and social Development of SE societies in the Post-War Period

The Political Economy of Transition in SEE

Civil society in Southeast European countries

Special topics in SE economies in transition

 

 

EUROPEAN INTEGRATION AND SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

9

 

10


11

 

12

The history, Structure, Function and Policies of EU

The New Enlargement of EU and SEE

European Integration and Interregional Integration of SEE

Southeastern Europe and European Union

 

 

 

CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND REGIONAL COOPERATION

13


 

14


15

 

16

Fundamental concepts of Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution Techniques

Ethnic conflict Minorities and Conflict Resolution

Stability Pact as a conflict prevention instrument

Regional cooperation: An Overview of Institutions and Practices.

 

REFERENCES

Bideleux, R., & Taylor, R. (eds), EUROPEAN INTEGRATION AND DISINTEGRATION, ROUTHLEDGE, London and New York, 1994

Braun, A., SMALL STATE SICURITY IN THE BALKANS, Complications from the West, Totowa, NJ, London, 1983

Glenny, M., The Balkans 1804-1999: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, Granta Books: London, 1999

Jelavich, B., HISTORY OF HE BALKANS, TWENTIETH CENTURY, The immediate postwar readjustments, Cambridge University, 1983.

Liargovas, P., The Enlargement of the EU: Problems and Prospects, Enlargement and the External Relations Dimension, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, ELIAMEP, 1999

Meresceau, M., Enlarging the EU, Relations between the EU and Central and Eastern Europe, Longman, London and New York, 1997.

Milward, A., The European Rescue of the NATION-STATE, London: Routledge, 1994.

Biermann, R., The Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe-potential, problems and perspectives, Discussion Paper, C 56, 1999.

Keridis, D., The Balkan Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Western Responses & the Way Ahead.

Wallace, M., Widening and Deepening, RIIA Discussion Paper, London, 1990.

Romero, F., THE FRONTIER OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, History and Theory 195-1992: Interdependence and Integration in American Eyes: from Marshall Plan to currency convertibility, ROUTHLEDGE, London and New York.

ENLARGEMENT, EU enlargement, A new historic opportunity, European Commission. Directorate General for Enlargement, Information and Inter-institutional Relations Unit.

Gligorov, V. [2000], Stability Pact and Prospects for Balkan reconstruction, Seminar Paper.

Andrew Gray: THE BALKANS IS STILL ENDANGERED, SHEKULLI Newspaper, 20/12/2000



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