Approaches to Society and Culture: Aspects of Nation and Identity Lecturers: Karáth Tamás PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Pintér Károly PhD (email@example.com)
Classes: Tue 10:15-11:45 am and 12.30-14:00 pm, Sophianum Csapody
Welcome to the lecture surveying English-speaking societies and cultures. The focus of this course will be nation and identity. We will start out from approaches to the concept of nation, and will seek to understand the ways in which some major factors have shaped the sense of a nation and national identities in Britain and the US.
Organization of the course
This is a lecture course in which the presentation of theoretical material will alternate with text discussion classes. The course will conclude with a mini-conference on 12 May, where the course participants will present their research projects. A few tutorials are inserted in the schedule where the project plans and the subsequent stages of the project will be discussed individually.
Requirements and assessment of the course
Attendance of the course.
Reading the assigned texts for the discussion classes.
Submitting a seminar paper of 10-15 pages analysing an aspect of the research project. The seminar papers have to be written according to the formal and editorial standards of the MA thesis guidelines of the Department:
The submission deadline of the first draft papers is 21 April.
The ppt presentation of research project at the mini-conference of the last session (12 May). The projects have to be related to issues of nation and national identity in the British/American context. The deadlines of the internal phases of the project in progress (submission of project plan, submission of the outline of the presentation and submission of a draft) will be indicated in the schedule below.
The assessment of the ppt presentation will be based on the following parameters:
Aspects of assessment
1.1 Presenting research question and outlining the problem, thesis
The final result will be the average of the seminar paper grade and the presentation result. Active participation in the class discussions and the responses to the assigned readings will also be considered.
Presentation of the course and the requirements, introductory discussion of an expository text (Julian Barnes: England, England, excerpts)
Lecture: The problem of the Nation in British and US Contexts
Discussion of assigned reading: Anthony D. Smith, National Identity. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1991, Chapter 1: “National and Other Identities,” pp. 1-18; Chapter 2: “The Ethnic Basis of National Identity,” pp. 19-42.
Lecture: The American Civil Religion: Myth or Reality?
Discussion of assigned reading: Richard V. Pierard, “The Role of Civil Religion in American Society” in Derek H. Davis, The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States. OUP 2010, pp. 479–496.