The Cultural Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe

Second year module

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.

Leraning 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 countries of Eastern Europe
  • have developed generic discussion, presentation and writing skills

Assessment

  • Term One: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)