The Conception of the National Community

The essence of this project is the word "conception". Most of the members in even the smallest nation will never get to know, meet or even hear about their co-citizens and yet a conception of a national identity exists. How is that? This is where the national and international isms play a not unimportant role. Isms from culture, politics and religion apparently connect us as citizens, or do they?

This means that besides theory and national empiri the students must do, what we in this connection call international empiri. We assume that the students no matter nationality will be working with the same question while working with this project.

The aim for the project is that the students in the schools involved get closer to who they are and where they come from. The idea is that the students across borders seek their nationality, asking almost identical, yet highly qualified questions. With this international co-operation we want several things.
1) create a qualified debate on this subject - conception of the national community
2) open the students eyes of the differences that they find while seeking for a common denominator
3) improving their communicative skills since all communication is in English and on the Internet.

In practise this means that the students from the countries involved choose national aims, which they connect with exactly their country. Is is now their job to examine if this aim/problem (e.g. the literature of HC Andersen) contribute to their conception of their national identity. All correspondence will then contain comparative analyses and will work as a source of inspiration and exchange of knowledge.

We picture ourselves that each class work with 4 or 5 themes. The idea is that they by making hypotheses confirm or affirm the existence or non-existence of a national community. The educating part in the assignment is partly for the students to be aware of the fact that in other places in Europe people bond to other things than we do at home and partly to "test" their own nationality by comparing it to others.


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