Courses in Russian and East European Studies (Division 468)

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

The area commonly known as Eastern Europe tends to be neglected by historians, social scientists, and students of the humanities. It has often been treated as one of the backyards of Western history. Yet, for many centuries, the people of Eastern Europe have played crucially important parts in the history of our civilization. Today as in many past eras, it is an area where powerful empires and competing social systems confront each other. The countries of Eastern Europe are astir with social, political, economic change and experimentation, ethnic conflict, religious and intellectual ferment. This course intends to provide a broad multidisciplinary overview of Eastern Europe, its history, politics, economic systems, social structure, and cultural contributions. It will feature lectures by specialists from different departments within the University, and sessions for discussion to integrate the lectures and readings. The format can easily lead to lack of focus, and the different presentations inevitably will be of uneven quality. But the advantages are that the students are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives. The course is suitable for those who know little about Eastern Europe as well as for those whose background is specialized within one discipline and who wish to broaden their knowledge. Course requirements include a midterm exam, an essay, and a final examination. (Meyer)

401. Senior Seminar in Russian and East European Studies. Permission of instructor. (4). (SS). May be elected for credit twice.

This seminar will examine social, intellectual and political developments through the mechanism of selected topics. The purpose of the course is to develop a greater understanding of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and to develop analytical and research skills. The current focus of the seminar is on the intelligentsia and related topics such as the role of the press, censorship and education. The time frame for the course is nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Class meetings will be devoted primarily to a general discussion of specified readings and research methods, with an occasional lecture. Students will be required to develop individual written projects in an area of special interest. Student assessment will be based on class participation, one midterm essay, and a research paper. This seminar is designed for students who are concentrators in Soviet and East European Studies. Non-concentrators must have background in Soviet and/or East European Studies and may enroll only with permission of the instructor. (Hastie)


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