Course: Germany and East Central Europe

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Course title Germany and East Central Europe
Course code KAP/GE
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šanc David, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Jeřábek Martin, PhDr. Dipl. - Pol. Ph.D.
Course content
1. rise and position of Germany within centra Europe 2. German hegemony 3. divided Germany and Cold War 4. positive aspects of German presence in the region 5. Mitteleuropa and other models of central Europe 6. relations among centra European countries 7. perspectives of future cooperation with Germany

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Students' self-study, Textual studies, Seminar
  • Presentation preparation (report in a foreign language) (10-15) - 10 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 40 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
After passing the course, students will be familiar with the historical development of the relations between central European countries (nations) and Germany from the 2nd half of the 19th century. Students will be able to describe major factors (cultural, economic, national, geopolitical etc) that have influenced these relations and to determine which factors strenghtened or weakened them. They will be able to describe major theoretical approaches to the role of Germany with regard to central Europe and to identify attempts to put these in practice (e.g. Germany´s efforts to dominate the region). Students will be able to periodize the development of the mentioned relations, to describe particular phases and qualify them.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Textual studies
Students' self-study
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Handl, Vladimír. Germany and the Visegrad Countries between Dependence and Asymmetric Partnership? Studien zur Internationalen Politik,. Hamburg, 2002.
  • Hayes, Bascom Barry. Bismarck and Mitteleuropa,. Associated University Press, Ontario, 1994.
  • Hyde-Price, Adrian. Germany and the European order. Enlarging NATO and the EU,. Manchester University Press, Manchester/New York, 2000.
  • Katzenstein, Peter J. Germany and Mitteleuropa. An Introduction, in: Katzenstein, Peter J., ed.: Mittereuropa - between Europe and Germany,. Oxford, 1997.
  • Markovits, Andrei S. and Simon Reich. The German Predicament: Memory and Power in the New Europe.. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1997.
  • Meyer, Henry Cord. Mitteleuropa in German Thought and Action 1815- 1945,. Hague, 1955.
  • Naumann, Friedrich. Mitteleuropa.. Berlin, 1915.
  • Offe, Claus. Varieties of transition : the east European and east German experience. 1st ed. Cambridge : MIT Press, 1997. ISBN 0-262-15048-7.

Study plans that include the course
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