Faculty of Arts
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|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Organisational Unit||Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation|
|Offered||Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)|
|Coordinator(s)||Dr. Karen Auerbach|
This unit will examine how Communism transformed everyday life for East European populations by reshaping social structures and communal ties. Through literature, films, photography, and other primary sources, students will study and analyse the impact of politics on popular culture, religion, rituals of work, family life, the environment, education, humour, architecture, and living spaces. Readings, lectures, and tutorial discussions will explore the degree to which individuals carved out private spaces at home, at work, and in social circles to limit the impact of politics on private life. The unit will look at individual countries as case studies for broader themes that are relevant to the entire region. The unit will begin with a background on East European politics and culture before the establishment of Communist governments and will end with an examination of the post-Communist period. Discussions of primary sources in tutorials will provide students with the skills to analyze similar primary sources in their written work.
Participation (500 words): 10%
Primary-source analysis (500 words): 20%
Research essay (2,500 words): 50%
In-class exam (1,000 words): 20%
3 contact hours on-campus
One sequence in history or permission of the lecturer