Courses in RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES (REES) (DIVISION 468)

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

A rekindling of ethnic sentiments, the institution of democratic processes after forty years of communism, the break-up of nations, the struggle to transform economies, and a tragic civil war have all made the countries of what used to be called "the Eastern European bloc" front page news. Yet, for many centuries the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe have played important roles in the history of our civilization. Their region has experienced the collision of competing religions, political empires, and social systems. This course provides a broad overview of the region, featuring lectures by specialists from different departments, and discussion sections which will integrate the lectures and the readings. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of perspectives. The course is suitable for those who know little about Eastern Europe, as well as for those who wish to broaden their knowledge beyond the confines of their major discipline. Course requirements include a midterm, two papers, and a final. Cost:4 WL:1 (Gitelman)

401. Senior Seminar in Russian and East European Studies. Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.
Section 001 The Post-Soviet Welfare State in Transition.
This course will examine the vast welfare system that existed in the Soviet Union and the changes that are occurring now that the Soviet Union has collapsed. The main focus of the course will be on the socialized health care system and related issues such as environmental pollution and its effects on the health of the population, women's status and health, alcohol and drug abuse, youth problems, and poverty. Although the course focuses on the states that made up the former Soviet Union, we will draw comparisons with Eastern Europe, China, and other countries with socialized or partially socialized health care systems. This course will be organized as a seminar with supplemental A-V presentations. Grades will be based on attendance, participation, and a research project. The course fulfills REES B.A. requirements, and is also open to students with relevant area or thematic interests. Cost:3 (Schecter)

410. Polish Culture. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of two credits.
Section 001 The Catholic Church in Democratic Poland.
The history of Poland, including the current period of the transition to democracy, have been strongly influenced by the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church. This course will analyze the role of the church in Polish history and politics focusing on recent events, with particular emphasis on the problem of the coexistence of Catholicism and democracy. March 22-April 6, 1994. (Krol)


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