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240517 SE Preparatory Seminar for fieldwork course in Hungary (P4) (2021W)

Continuous assessment of course work
Mo 31.01. 15:00-16:30 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 12.01.2022: Due to the current situation the course will be held digital until the end of the semester.
Update 13.12.2021: The course will be held digital until December 17.
Update 22.11.2021: The course will be held digital during lockdown.
If possible, the course is to be conducted in presence. Due to the respective applicable distance regulations and other measures, adjustments may be made.

UPDATE 23.09.2021: The first class will be on October 11th.

Monday 11.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 18.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 25.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 15.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Sitzungs-/Prüfungszimmer, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 22.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 29.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 06.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 13.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 10.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 17.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 24.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The main aim of the course is to provide students with background knowledge and an overview on topics in preparation for the fieldwork course in Hungary in the summer term 2022. We will start with an overview on (post-) socialist developments and go on to read ethnographies on different aspects around the topic of local solidarities. We will touch upon topics of care, charity, identity, kinship, household economies, and of course, solidarity. It will be important to keep in mind the ambivalences of solidarity practices as sites of constructing national belonging and means to justify exclusion. Reading ethnographies from both, the wider region but also elsewhere will provide the students with a solid basis to develop their topics of research for either the next term and/or their MA thesis.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance is a requirement. Two sessions may be missed. With three absences, a compensation must be discussed with the teacher.
The assessment is based on four 4 parts, which each account for 25 points maximum:
1) Active reading and oral participation in the class
2) Short presentation of one of the texts (10 minutes) and preparing the discussion
3) Five short response papers for assigned readings (1-2 pages)
4) Final term paper of about ca. 8-10 pages to submitted until February 5th 2022 (noon)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

All four oral and written requirements are marked independently with maximal 25 points (see above) and must be completed positively (minimum 13 points). In order to complete the course successfully, participants need to obtain at least 61 points.
91-100 points: 1 (excellent)
81-90 points: 2 (good)
71-80 points: 3 (satisfactory)
61-70 points: 4 (sufficient)

Examination topics

Reading list

Hann, Chris. 2020. In search of civil society: from peasant populism to postpeasant
illiberalism in provincial Hungary. Social Science Information 59(3): 459–483.

Laitinen, Arto/ Pessi, Anne Birgitta (eds.). 2014. Solidarity: Theory and Practice. Lexington Books.

Weitere Literatur wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 12.01.2022 09:09