WINTER term by Romani Studies Professors

December 10, 2018

The following courses offered in the WINTER term by our Romani Studies Professors:

Angéla Kocze - Academic Director of RGPP:
RSP 5006 - Sociological Approaches to Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Class: The Roma in Post-socialist Europe -scheduled every Monday from 15.30-17.10

The fall of state-socialism, the enlargement of the European Union, the neoliberal restructuring of the state, welfare, economies, societies and the revival of nationalism, populism, and extremism throughout Europe have created a contradictory situation for Roma. We have witnessed the emergence of diverse Romani civil rights movements, as well as the development of national and European Roma strategies/policies to ‘integrate’ and improve the situation of Roma. At the same time, Roma are faced an extensive structural violence, institutional discrimination, extreme poverty and social, political and economic exclusion that have resulted in social and territorial segregation.

 Description of the course:

The course focuses on the structural, discursive, and biographical manifestations of race/ethnicity, gender, and class regarding the ambiguous development of the situation of Roma in post-socialist Europe.  It gives an overview of the leading social theories of social stratification and examines the concepts of race/ethnicity, gender and class in relation to Roma.  Moreover, the course offers an understanding of the social, political and economic restructuration in the post-socialist Europe, specifically how these changes affected the social, legal and political status of Roma with reference to the distribution of power and wealth. Through the semester students will critically examine various theories and methodologies that have been applied in Roma related studies. By so doing, it helps to design a sociological research by using various methods such as interviews and some basic questionnaires.   


Iulius Rostas, Chair of Romani Studies Program (RSP):
RSP 4041 - Social Justice and Inclusion in Europe -scheduled every Monday from 9.00-10.40

Description of the course:

Tackling social inequalities becomes a pressing issue in Europe and elsewhere. The course will analyze forms of oppression as part of social justice and inclusion in European societies. By exploring the forms of oppression experienced by different groups in society, students will understand the exclusion mechanism and how to tackle social exclusion. Students will have the opportunity to learn concepts and theories connected to social justice and to review social inclusion policies in Europe. Key concepts in social justice will be analyzed during the course. Combining lecture, discussions, students’ presentations, and practical exercises students will become more aware of oppression, will expand their knowledge on social justice issues, and will internalize equality and social justice as societal values in democratic settings. The class will explore the arguments against identity politics with which very often groups that are disenfranchised are labeled once they mobilize for social change.

We strongly encourage you to sign up for these courses. Find attached the syllabi for both courses.