396/Econ. 396/Pol. 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.
Soviet and East European Labor Movements. This seminar will examine the role of the working class in Soviet and Eastern European society since 1917. Its aim is to foster a deeper understanding of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and to develop analytical and research skills. The topic will be approached from a theoretical and inter-disciplinary standpoint. Major themes include workers and the Russian Revolution; Leninism, Stalinism, and the workers' movement; trade unions and the state under socialism; workers and industrial management; and worker movements and de-Stalinization in the Soviet bloc since WWII, including Solidarity. Class meetings will be devoted to discussion of specified readings and occasional lectures. Student assessment will be based on class participation, one review essay, and an individual research paper on a topic of special interest to the student. This seminar is designed for students who are concentrators in Soviet and East European studies. Non-concentrators must have background in Soviet-East European studies or non-Soviet bloc working class studies. (Hatch)
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