Critical Romani Studies: Past, Present, and Future Approaches to Roma (Gypsy, Travellers, Sinti, etc) Related Studies

Course Description: 

The course is offered by the Romani Studies Program at CEU

This course aims to re-envision Romani Studies through a critical lens and discuss further possibility to use new theoretical frameworks such as gender, critical race, and post-colonial theories to understand the situation of Roma in the context of changing social, economic, cultural, and political landscapes in Europe. Students will discuss concepts and arguments from the orientalist folklorist via anthropological and sociological studies and engage with emancipatory scholarship.   

Through the semester students interrogate the intellectual and disciplinary traditions of Romani studies and examines the academic, cultural, and political impact of various Roma related studies. We will also analyze the historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts of the specific Roma related ideas and concepts. We will identify the key trends in each set of approach and try to follow the transformation of these ideas. By the end of the course students will be able to use these approaches, concepts, and terms in a thoughtful and nuanced way informed by their scholarly critique. 

Learning Outcomes: 

TBA

Assessment: 
  1. Active Participation: 15%.  Attendance at every class, evidence of thorough and careful reading, and engaged participation in discussions.
  2. Reading Diaries: 15 %.Students need to prepare a reading diary (3 key points from the author(s) of the weekly assigned article (s)/book chapter(s,) 3 questions what student would like to raise in class, 3 points for student’s argument based on the article) for each class based on the required reading materials.  Student’s “Reading Diaries” should be posted before the class session on the Sakai/Forum.
  3. Midterm: 20%.Take-home exam.
  4. Research and Individual presentation: 15%. Students will be asked to prepare a research and interactive and engaging presentation on the specific assigned topic.
  5. Individual final paper: 35%.  A 10-12 page paper (double spaced) on a specific course related topic that is approved by the instructor. This individual paper is expected to be a synthesis of the intellectual work accomplished during the semester. Proper citation and full bibliographical references are required.

Grading

Final grades will be based upon the following:

Grade

Name

Point

Credit

A

Outstanding

4

Yes

A-

Excellent

3.67

Yes

B+

Good

3.33

Yes

B

Fair

3

Yes

B-

Satisfactory

2.67

Yes

C+

Minimum Pass

2.33

Yes

F

Fail

0

No