POLS438 Политика и идентичност



The main question guiding the path of people's live is: Who am I and what am I doing? From the existing, or non-existing, answer depends the path which History will follow. The communities that found a good answer have created states and civilizations. States and civilizations that have lost their abilities to create new answers die.

In the last 25 to 30 years the world has started looking for a new answer to the main question because previous answers have obviously lost their meaning. More and more people and societies are failing to give an answer to the second part of the question and are more focused on the first: Who am I? What is my identity? What is our visage for the others to see?

For the first time the search for an answer is pursued simultaneously in the whole world. It is also followed by the media around the world. At any moment in time, we are able to know the who and where has created a new variation of the answer of identity.

Many political and social thinkers started writing about the questions of identity in the early 90s, and still continue to this day. In this course our goal is to observe the real life processes of the identity dynamics and compare them to the philosophical explanations of the great thinkers.

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Политиката и обществото (на английски език)


проф. Евгений Дайнов  д-р
ас. Христо Панчугов  

Описание на курса:



At the end of this course the students will be able to analyze the different identities developed in the contemporary world, and evaluate their creative or destructive potential. This will enable them to better understand their own social interactions and will finally let them construct their own identities.
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Форми на провеждане:

Учебни форми:

Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

Литература по темите:

Mark Rowlands. The Philosopher and the Wolf.

Amartya Sen. Identity and Violence.

Charles Taylor. Sources of the Self.

Фотев Г. Ценности срещу безпорядък

Богданов Б. Отделно и заедно

Средства за оценяване:

Practical work 33%

Individual assignement 33%

Participation in the seminar 33%