|Course Title||Contemporary History|
|Institution||Shkodra "L.Gurakuqi" Universiteti|
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.
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