Enhancing teaching provisions

Strengthening Southeast European Studies also means making the study of the region attractive for future generations of students. We put ‘Europe’ at the centre: students will experience an enlarged and still enlarging Europe in the making, following courses offered by us and our partners, and studying together with students from the region. 

We will internationalise our teaching, using online teaching platforms that will allow project partners to share their courses. This will create greater choice in the topics students can study. We plan to formalise these online learning imports in Regensburg, in the hope that partner universities will follow. A pilot with the University of Rijeka will start in 2023, which will be rolled out to other partners in the next stage. Our strengths are in the humanities – history, linguistics and social anthropology – while our partner universities may add other relevant subjects in political science, economy, or sociology. Formal teaching agreements could be reached with multiple partner universities (to be shared across the online teaching platform).

We will contribute to an Area Studies extension module for students of all Area Studies programmes on offer in Regensburg, in which conceptual and methodological problems relevant to Area Studies will be analysed. We will coordinate this with the new Department for Interdisciplinary and Multi-scalar Area Studies (DIMAS). The student-led seeFField Blog will offer students the opportunity to develop media and communication skills, making them reflect on the relevance of their acquired knowledge, and instilling in them an ethos of public engagement and knowledge transfer. 

From the Summer Term 2023 onwards, we will offer instruction of the Albanian language at beginner and advanced level, adding it to our list of Southeast European languages taught. Although Albanian is on a par with other languages spoken in the region – with six million speakers spread across four Balkan states and 1,5 million living in the diaspora – it is poorly represented in German universities. Apart from being one of the oldest Balkan languages incorporated into the Balkan ‘Sprachbund’, Albanian-inhabited areas of the region are at the centre of numerous global entanglements, providing us with opportunities to explore various translocal and transregional connections. seeFField will reinvigorate ‘Albanian Studies’ – a minor subject in and of itself – as part of Southeast European Studies.

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