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Module Title LH Advanced Cultural Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe A
SchoolSchool of Govt and Society
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 08436
Module Lead Prof Wolczuk
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Co-requisites LH Advanced Cultural Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe B - (08 08437)
Restrictions none
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Total: 100 hours

This module is structured thematically and draws on comparative materials from a range of experiences across Russia, the Soviet successor states and Eastern Europe. The module will examine changes and continuities in socio-cultural identities and everyday lived existence, including ethnic, gender, class and national identities, as well as perceptions of, and attitudes towards, the West and the socialist past. The module will examine changing patterns in cultural identification in Russia and Eastern Europe and explore ethnographic case studies in the region. 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 current political change in Russia and Eastern Europe;
  • be aware of the cultural and social differences between Russia and other post-socialist countries;
  • have developed generic discussion, presentation and writing skills.
Assessment 08436-01 : 3000-word essay 1 : Coursework (50%)
08436-02 : 3000-word project : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions (assessed jointly with linked module 08 08437) 2 x 3000 word assessed essay (50% each) Re-assessment: None
Other none
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