Courses in Russian and East European Studies (Division 468)

396/Econ. 396/Pol. Sci. 396/Slavic 396/Hist. 333/Soc. 393. Survey of Eastern Europe. (4). (SS).

Some people want to know more about political conflicts in that part of the world where the first two world wars began and where two systems now face each other with awesome armies and weapons. Some people are curious about the economic institutions, social policies, and results of some forms of existing socialism. Others are interested in the kinds of human consciousness which develop in lands between great powers, among people having witnessed great social changes. Still others find themselves acting out family lessons learned by their grandparents in such places as Serbia, Silesia, or Budapest and they want to understand those lessons. Such persons may profit from this course. This course is a survey course, providing a broad multidisciplinary overview of the history, politics, economic systems, social structure, and cultures of Eastern Europe. The format of the course involves a series of lectures by scholars from different departments within the University, a series of East European films, and sessions for discussion and integration of the lectures, films, and readings. The course is organized through the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and will be coordinated this term by Professor Szporluk of the Department of History. The course format has the great advantage of exposing students to diverse perspectives, and to lecturers who have a great deal of expertise in each subject. In this course you will receive a more expert broad introduction than you could get in any other course; thus it is a good choice for those who know very little about Eastern Europe, or those whose background is specialized within a single discipline and who want to broaden their knowledge. The course requirements include a midterm, an essay, and a final examination. (Szporluk)

401. Senior Seminar in Russian and East European Studies. Permission of instructor. (4). (SS). May be elected for credit twice.
Ethnicity and Nationalism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
This seminar will begin by developing a general understanding of ethnicity and related phenomenon in cross-cultural perspective. We will then apply these concepts to the specific cases of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. The emphasis will be on interethnic relations and the cultural, social and political import of these. While we will also consider the history and development of ethnic and national sentiment, we will concentrate on the post World War II period. Included will be a brief examination of Russian and East European ethnicity outside of Eastern Europe. Students will be encouraged to concentrate on topics relating to their individual interests, although they will be expected to report on selected topics and issues in other areas as well. Classes will be devoted to discussions of readings, to lectures, some with outside speakers, and to student reports. Grade will be based on class discussion and on a seminar paper. There will be no examinations. (Lockwood)


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