POLITICS OF EASTERN EUROPE

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Code
95341
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 10177 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCES AND COOPERATION (LM-52) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SPS/04
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (INTERNATIONAL SCIENCES AND COOPERATION)
semester
1° Semester
modules

OVERVIEW

Why are some post-communist countries more politically and economically successful than others? What underlies the many conflicts in this region? What can happen in the future, and what can we learn from the East European experience? This course is designed to study different topics such as the history of the region. The course consists of two modules: one historian, the other political, both of them in English.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course aims to deepen the evolution of Eastern European countries and the region since the October Revolution. The first part focuses on historical formation of the States of the region, the events in 1989, the transitions there after, and the long/period reasons of the frozen conflicts. The second part provides a political science analysis of Eastern European Countries and Soviet space under communist rule and the different reactions in their processes of democratizations as well as their social, economic, political transformations since the fall of Communism, and the major issues like Color Revolutions and specific policies within Eastern Europe. The learning outcomes: knowledge and understanding of historical, political, economic and international processes that characterize the International history of Eastern Europe; awareness of the distinction between facts and opinions about the history and politics of Eastern Europe; skills in using different methodological approaches; critical reflection on the questions presented; skills for operating in the cooperation field; skills in using the second language in thematic narratives; skills in learning to learn.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

awareness of the distinction between facts and opinions about the history and the politics of Eastern Europe;

  • skills in using different methodological approaches;

  • critical reflection on the questions presented;

  • skills for operating in the cooperation field;

  • skills in using the second language in thematic narratives.

 

TEACHING METHODS

36 hours lectures

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course consists of two modules: one historian, the other political, both of them in English.Knowledge and understanding of historical, political, economic and international processes that characterize Eastern Europe.

Why are some post-communist countries more politically and economically successful than others? What underlies the many conflicts in this region? What can happen in the future, and what can we learn from the East European experience? This course is designed to help you answer these and similar questions. Topics include the history of the region, state-socialism and its collapse, the emergence of ethnic and religious conflict, the transitions to democracy and market economics, entry into NATO and the European Union, democratic backsliding, and Russia's conflict with Ukraine.

The historical module deepens the birth and the evolution of the countries of Eastern Europe and of the region from the constraint of the Tsarist Empire to
the events of 1989; successive transitions; analysis of frozen conflicts; Eastern Europe, Russia, the EU and NATO.

The politological module examines the politics of transition and change in post-communist countries in their effort to establish new democratic regimes and find their place in the world. This module consists of three main parts.

Part I focuses on the experience and nature of communist rule, to develop basic understanding of communism as an ideal, political system, and a life style.

Part II looks at transitions, examining regional patterns of change and relating them to the 3rd and 4th waves (coloured revolutions) of democratisation globally.

Part III discusses the issues of post-communist politics in Europe, by way of exploring the forms and quality of democracy in the new states, considering the effect of EU enlargements on the new Member States and the EU neighbours; and discussing the future of communism in the world.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Available in Aulaweb

 

Module 2:

Morini Mara (2020), La Russia di Putin, Bologna, il Mulino.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: Via Teams writing an e-mail to lara.piccardo@unige.it

Office hours: E-mail to: mara.morini@unige.it

Exam Board

FABRIZIO COTICCHIA (President)

MARA MORINI (President)

MARCO DI GIULIO

STELLA GIANFREDA

DIANA SPULBER

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

36 hours lectures

LESSONS START

14th September 2020

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral. discussion.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
14/12/2020 14:00 GENOVA Orale
15/12/2020 10:30 GENOVA Orale
12/01/2021 10:30 GENOVA Orale
12/01/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
26/01/2021 10:30 GENOVA Orale
26/01/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
24/05/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
25/05/2021 10:30 GENOVA Orale
14/06/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
15/06/2021 10:30 GENOVA Orale
12/07/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
13/07/2021 10:30 GENOVA Orale
07/09/2021 10:30 GENOVA Orale
07/09/2021 10:30 GENOVA Orale