International Cultural Relations

General Information
Lecture and workshop
Number of Hours: 
Thursday 9:45 - 13:00
Preliminary requirements: 

Basic knowledge covering issues such as: History of Globalization, Law and State Theory, Introduction to Global Studies 

Course Description: 


1.Genesis of International Cultural Relations (ICR)

2. Main determinants (economical, social, political, geographical) of the ICR 

3. Actors of ICR (states, NGO’s , IGO’s) .

4. Law and ICR

5. Regional and global institutions (UNESCO, EU, Council Of Europe.....).

6. Culture and Globalization.

7. ICR and conflicts, war and crisic management.

8. Soft power and promotion of states

9. Culture in foreign policy of the state the case of Poland.


  1. Cultural policy of the state (USA, UK, Germany, China, France, Spain, Central and Southeast Europe and other selected states)
  2. Wroclaw – European Capital of Culture
  3. Indigenous people and environmental racism
  4. Cultural Turism
  5. Challenges and Obstacles in ICR ( trerrorism, natural catastrophes, trampling of cultural goods by turist, cultural conflicts, migration/ refugees and ICR
Aims of the course: 


  • to provide knowledge and develop understanding of cultural aspects of international relations,
  • To present various concepts and approaches  of culture and processes of cultural dissemination and institutionalisation.  
  • To provide activities of UNESCO in the field of culture. 
  • Explanation of the concepts of cultural property and cultural heritage.  
  • International law
Teaching methods: 

Lecture and seminar include:  case studies, text analysis, discussion, multimedia presentations, video materials, visit to a cultural institution

Evaluation & Completion: 

Seminar  completion:multimedia presentation on specific case study, active participation in the discussion, participation in the visit in the cultural institution, text analysis.

Final Exam:Oral exam (based on the list of questions delivered to students before the exam; 2 exam questions  one from seminar and one from lecture).

Basic Literature: 

B. Anderson, (2002), Imagined Communities, London,  

E. Gellner, (1997) Nationalism, Phoenix, London, 1997, 

Ethnic Policy in Contemporary East Central European Countries (2015), eds. H. Chałupczak, R. Zenderowski, W. Baluk, Lublin, 

K. Cordell, S. Wolff (2010), Ethnic Conflict. Causes-Consequences-Responses, Cambridge, 

Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict (2013), eds. K. Cordell, S. Wolff, Routledge, 

U. Ozkirimli (2010), Theories of Nationalism. A Critical Introduction, Palgrave Macmilan,

Additional Literature: 

Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism – selected volumes 

Nations and Nationalism - selected volumes. 

Ethnic Conflict Information Centre -