Geographical Features of Croatia
Code: 226942
ECTS: 2.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Monika Komušanac
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Monika Komušanac - Seminar
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
- Introduce foreign students to the importance of geographical factors in spatial processes and relations in Croatia.
- Explain and consider the basic components of Croatian national identity.
- Explain foreign students the spatial and social characteristics of Croatia.
- Acquaint foreign students with the specifics of the Croatian territory development and organization throughout history.
- Explain foreign students the spatial and demographic conditionality of Croatia.
- Develop students' awareness to respect fundamental spatial identity values.

Learning outcomes at the level of the programme to which the course contributes:
- Getting acquainted with the tradition and elements of Croatian identity.
- Developing a wider knowledge of spatial and historical development of Croatia.
- Understanding the contemporary Croatian development issues.

Expected learning outcomes at the level of the course:
- Demonstrate the effect of certain processes and phenomena on overall development of Croatia.
- Explain the spatial connection of Croatia with Europe and the world.
- Explain the place and role of Croatia in European and world processes and integrations.
- Interpret natural base and social superstructure features of Croatia.
- Understand the strategic importance of geographical features of Croatia for its historical development.
- Observe and analyse spatial discrepancy and functional space and territory organization of Croatia.

Course content:
1. Basic spatial identity of Croatia
2. Components of national identity
3. Historical development of the Croatian space
4. Specificity and diversity of the Croatian natural basis
5. Social superstructure in the Croatian geographical area
6. Population features of Croatia
7. Preliminary exam
8. Nodal-functional organization of Croatian territory
9. Regionalization and spatial development
10. The importance of Croatia in the regional context (Adriatic Sea, Perialpine and Pannonian area)
11. Croatian tangible and intangible cultural heritage
12. Croatian natural heritage
13. Croatia and world associations
14. Geopolitical and geostrategic position and function of Croatia
15. Specifics of contemporary demographic development of Croatia - population collapse
1. semester
Courses for Erasmus+ student mobility - Regular studij - Croatology

2. semester
Courses for Erasmus+ student mobility - Regular studij - Croatology
Consultations schedule:
  • doc. dr. sc. Monika Komušanac:

    Monday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. or by prior e-mail agreement.

    Location: 710 (zgrada 77)
  • doc. dr. sc. Monika Komušanac:

    Monday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. or by prior e-mail agreement.

    Location: 710 (zgrada 77)


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