National Identity and European Identity

General Information
Number of Hours: 
Thursday 11:30 - 13:00
Preliminary requirements: 
  1. Interest in theories of national and postnational Psychology
  2. Interest in European Integration;
Course Description: 

1. Interdisciplinary approach to the concept of identity and political identity

2. National identities and European integration

3. Formulation of a European identity

Aims of the course: 

W1. Interdisciplinary Theories of  Identity;

W2. Various  Theories of  Political Identity;

W3. Empirical based  theories  of  National  Identities  in Europe;

W4 Controversial  discussions about the existence and  necessity of  a  European Identity;



U1. Ability to explain  the  phenomenon of  “Identity” from an interdisciplinary perspective;

U2. Ability to overlook theories of  the development of  “political Identity”;

U3. Ability to distinguish and to analyze different types of “national Identities”;

U4. Ability to judge the conditions, possibilities and  limitations of a European Identity;



K1. Learning  Responsibility, Fair-play.  Tolerance,  Respect of Diversity;

K2. Ability for Teamwork:




Teaching methods: 

Supervised Seminar with an Introduction/program of the Lecturer followed by  paper- or power-point presentations of students and group discussions about the presentations

Evaluation & Completion: 
  1. Permanent  p resence in teaching hours;
  2. Participation in discussions;
  3. Presentation (Paper or Powerpoint) of  one topic ;Time :20 minutes;
  4. Oral Exam on one topic ; Time 20 minutes –  Five Questions;
  5. An  Essay on one topic  (15 pages including front page, index and list of literatur)

Students can decide what they prefare, Oral exam or Essay.

Basic Literature: 

Christopher Joyce, Questions of Identity. Exploring the character of Europe,  London 2002 

Juan M. Delgado-Moreira, Multicultural Citizenship of the European Union, University of North London, London 2000

Ian  Craib,  Experiencing Identity, London 1998

Jürgen Habermas, Citizenship and National Identity. Some Reflections of the Future of Europe. In: Praxis International, vol 12, No. 1. (1992)

Jenny Carl, European Identity, Berlin 2005

Additional Literature: 

Michael Bruter, Citizens of Europe ? The emerge of a mass European Identity, London  2006-, Schieder P., Europe tomorrow: shared fate or common political future?, Schwimmer W., European identity- is there more than one Europe?, Report presented by Professor Lucian Boia, Director, Centre of the Imagination., Ohlendorf E., European Identity as a subject of teaching and learning., A Charter of European identity

P.Drulak (ed.)  National and European Identities in the EU enlargement. Views from Central and Eastern Europe, Prague 2001

Jessica Bain (ed) European Union Identity, Baden-Baden 2007

George Schöpflin, Nations, Identity, Power, New York University Press 2000