3. Course unit: Central Europe: Approaches from Social Theory and Social Psychology

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: lecture, Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: examination mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 1st semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

The aim of the subject is to introduce students into the discourse on the historical and cultural characteristics of the Central European region. According to JenőSzűcs in Europe three historical regions have developed. In the Western region as a result of the legacy of the Western Roman Empire self-organization, autonomy, scale free accumulation of goods, continuous growth and competition were prevalent. In contrast, in the Eastern European regions as a result of the legacy of Byzantium centralization, rigidity, orthodoxy and neglect of human rights were concomitant. The processes and institutions of modernization, such as individualization, secularization, rationalization and nation state, market economy, class structure have emerged first in the West and last in the East. Accordingly, Central Europe was not the first to see modernization but not the last as well.  The course will demonstrate how profound has been the impact of the past on the values, sentiments, thoughts and actions of the people living in the present. Naturally, the globalization and the spread of the ICT will be discussed too as determinants of the future that will probably diminish the differences between the three historical regions.

3–5 most important obligatory and recommended literature (books, textbooks) with the bibliographical data:

– Obligatory:

Csepeli Gy.: National Identity in Cotemporary Hungary. Highland Lakes. Atlantic Press. Distributed by Columbia University Press. 1997.

Csepeli Gy. – Murányi, I.: New Authoritarianism in Hungary at the beginning of the 21stcentury. In: Central European Political Science Review. Volume 13. Number 50. Winter 2012. 65–95. p.

Szűcs, J.: The three historical regions of Europe. In: Acta Historica Academiae Scientiarum. 29. 1983. 2.4. 131–184. p.


– Recommended:

Bibó, I.: Democracy, Revolution, Self-Determination. Selected Works. Highland Lakes. NJ. Atlantic Press. Distributed by University of Columbia Press. 1991.

Course director: Dr. Szabó-Tóth Kinga Dóra Associate Professor, PhD

Participating teacher: Dr. Csepeli, György Professor, DSc