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Course Details in 2018/19 Session

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Module Title LI The Cultural Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe A
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 08434
Module Lead
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Co-requisites LI The Cultural Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe B - (08 08435)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description These linked modules are structured thematically and draw on comparative materials from a range of experiences across Russia, the Soviet successor states and Eastern Europe. The themes covered include: ethnicity, national identity, diaspora and the politics of inclusion/exclusion; popular culture and the media; representation of the East in western Europe, geopolitical identities and the impact of 'westernisation' on post-communist countries. These themes will be prefaced with historical background and discussed in their empirical, discursive and theoretical dimensions.
Learning Outcomes

On completion of these linked modules the student will be able to:

  • employ critically key concepts of western social science to understand empirical realities of Russia and Eastern Europe;
  • have a through understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of contemporary political change in Russia and Eastern Europe;
  • be aware of the cultural and social differences between Russia and other post-communist countries
  • have developed generic discussion, presentation and writing skills.
Assessment 08434-01 : 2000-word essay 1 : Coursework (50%)
08434-02 : 2000-word essay 2 : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions (assessed jointly with linked module 08 08435) 2 x 2000 word essays (50% each)
Other none
Reading List