East European Politics - PO618

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Canterbury
Autumn 5 15 (7.5) MS E van Gils checkmark-circle

Overview

This module examines the politics of transition and change in Eastern Europe over the last three decades, with an emphasis on processes of disintegration and integration, international cooperation and the challenges of post-communist internal political reform. Accordingly, the module consists of three parts.

Part One (Weeks 1-4) examines the region's recent political inheritance, with a focus on the communist system, the subsequent collapse of the USSR and the end of socialism in Central and Eastern Europe.

Part Two (Weeks 6-8) looks at the political re-orientations of Central and Eastern Europe during the 1990s and 2000s, with a focus on transition processes, political change, economic change, and the different challenges that came with these transitions.

Part Three (Weeks 9-12) reflects on more recent developments, including international cooperation, new forms of regional integration, and discussions about the feasibility and the future of socialism.

Details

This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Essay 1, 2500 words, 40%
Essay 2, 3500 words, 60%

Indicative reading

Brown, A, (2004). The Demise of Marxism-Leninism in Russia. Palgrave
Dimitrov, M. (2013). Why communism did not collapse: understanding authoritarian regime resilience in Asia and Europe. New York: Cambridge University
Dutkiewicz, P. and R. Sakwa (2014). Eurasian Integration: a view from within. Routledge
Holmes, L. (1997). Post-communism: an Introduction. Oxford: Polity Press
Kenez, P. (2017). A history of the Soviet Union: From the beginning to the end. Third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Sakwa, R. (1999). Postcommunism. Buckingham: Open University Press
White, S. (ed.) (1990). Communist and Postcommunist Political Systems: an Introduction. Basingstoke: Macmillan. 3rd edition
White, S. (2001) Communism and its Collapse. London: Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify principal features of communist rule (inclusive of main institutions and political processes).
- Understand the reasons for the fall of communist power in Eastern Europe.
- Describe, discuss and contrast patterns of change in the CEE/FSU using case-studies. Relate them to a broader paradigm of the 3rd wave of democratisation.
- Understand the main challenges of transitions for the CEE/FSU.
- Develop understanding of the nature of the newly emerged regimes, and relate them to a broader discussion of democracy, and the 4th wave transformations.
- Describe and discuss the challenges and consequences of the EU enlargements, and the emergence of the new EU neighbourhood.

Notes

  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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