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  • Academic Title
    Russian, Central & East European Studies (MRes)
  • Course description
    MRes: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
    Content

    This programme consists of the following courses in semester 1

        * Social science statistics 1
        * Qualitative methods
        * Either Language (Czech, Estonian, Latvian, Polish, Russian, Slovak or possibly Hungarian) or the MSc substantive core course, State and society under communism: social and economic frameworks.

    In semester 2, you are required to take these courses:

        * Research methods for studying Russia and Central and Eastern Europe
        * Either Language (Czech, Estonian, Latvian, Polish, Russian, Slovak or possibly Hungarian) or one course from a list of options (see below)
        * Either Social science statistics 2 or Advanced qualitative methods.

    Students not requiring language training (native speakers / those with a degree in one of the region's languages) will take the MSc core course, State and society under communism: social and economic frameworks in semester 1 and choose an MSc option in semester 2.

    Finally, a dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) must be completed during the summer.

    For those who do not require language training in semester 2, one option may be chosen from this list

        * Changing state and society in Central Europe
        * Economic transformation in Central East Europe
        * Gender and identity in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia
        * Post-Soviet Russia: renegotiating global and local identities
        * Globalisation and the new security agenda in Central and Eastern Europe
        * Society, environment and the concept of sustainable development in post-Soviet Russia
        * Stalin and Stalinism
        * Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
        * A maximum of one outside option from a cognate department in the Faculties of Arts or Law, Business & Social Sciences.

    The department offers MRes students the opportunity to spend a month in the city of Ul'ianovsk which is situated in the middle-Volga region of the Russian Federation. The visit includes intensive Russian language classes and a full cultural programme including visits to Moscow and Kazan. Language/study trips to other countries in the region are also organised in June/July. Some financial support is available from the department to help students fund these trips.

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