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EUR2140 - Modern Eastern and Central Europe: Culture and society

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Andriy Zayarnyuk


Not offered in 2009


This unit will consider the major developments in 19th and 20th century Eastern and Central Europe. For the 19th century the analysis of the system of continental empires will be complemented by the investigation of the emerging nationalism and growing national movements. Two world wars, the revolution of 1917 and the Soviet experiment in societal transformation will be analyzed to reveal their impact on the transformation of a society. The unit will concentrate on the social consequences of the events and trends under consideration. Students will examine a broad range of secondary and some primary sources, including works of the visual arts, music, architecture and film.


  1. Students are expected to acquire factual knowledge about selected developments in Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century, to acquire familiarity with representative texts, images and artifacts, to be able to interpret them with the help of appropriate interpretive frameworks and against the background of social and political processes in the region.
  2. They should be able to demonstrate competence in use of the library and other resources, writing (including planning, arguing on the basis of evidence, and documenting), analysis and interpretation of sources, oral presentation and discussion of information and argument, independent judgment and team work.


Examination 2 hours (2000 words): 40%; Participation in the seminars (200 words): 5%; End of semester essay(1800 words): 40%; Midterm essay (500 words): 15%

Contact hours

2 one hour lectures and a one hour seminar per week



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