Challenges of Democratic Development in Eastern Europe

Challenges of Democratic Development in Eastern Europe

Course dates:
8 August, 2017 to 18 August, 2017
Degree and PhD students €690 / Professionals €990
Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Monday, 7 August, 2017
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

General information

Target students
The course is designed for advanced undergraduates or Master’s level students of humanities and social sciences.

This course offers an overview of the current challenges of social and political development in Eastern Europe. Taught by a group of area studies experts in history, political science, media studies and sociology, the course views Eastern Europe as including the former Eastern Bloc countries. These encompass the Baltic states, East Central and Southeastern Europe, the Balkans and Ukraine. Russia is discussed only as a reference point to the area of our concern: there won’t be any specific lectures on Russian developments.

The course provides students with new, multidisciplinary approaches to the study of politics and society with a focus on issues that hinder democratic conduct. Addressed will be questions of nationalism, migration, youth, corruption, authoritarian rule, role of the media, poverty, gender, the Roma situation, entrepreneurialism, competition, civil society and environmental problems. In order to get a better grasp of Eastern European challenges in today’s globalised world, the course offers insights into recent history and post-communist transition.

Learning objectives
The students will gain a broad overview of current societal and political developments in the region. The purpose is also to discuss critically the concept of democracy, which is sometimes understood normatively. The students will be acquainted with new multidisciplinary approaches and innovative pedagogical methods to understand the complexity of politics and society in this area. The course will also provide supplemental information for students looking to specialise in subjects and fields of research covered by the course. The students will also learn more about ongoing cutting-edge research projects carried out at the University of Helsinki.


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