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


    This programme consists of two substantive core courses (taken in semester 1):

        * State and society under communism: social and economic frameworks
        * Thematic issues in Russian, Central and East European studies.

    Two other courses chosen from this list of options (taken in semester 2):

        * 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
        * Research methods for studying Russia and Central and Eastern Europe
        * A maximum of one outside option from a cognate department in the Faculties of Arts or Law, Business & Social Sciences.

    Compulsory language training (Czech, Estonian, Latvian, Polish, Russian, Slovak or possibly Hungarian) is undertaken throughout the year and a dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) must be submitted at the end of the MSc programme.

    The department offers you 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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