This course puts Eastern Europe into its global context, highlighting how global structures of power and production shape the region. We will investigate the features of semi-peripheral dependent capitalism in East Central Europe but also bring in the agency of the regions’ domestic actors. We will use comparative methods across regions, countries, and over time, tracing how patterns of economic and political integration are evolving.
Apart from knowing more about political economy and about the reasons for global and regional inequalities than before the course, the course will also contribute to students’ skills to
● formulate discussion questions (prompts for a group discussion)
● identify topics that could be interesting for their own research.
● interpret data, as well as identify and discuss critical cases.
● synthesise knowledge by identifying different positions and common grounds in the literature.
● present their own ideas in writing coherently and systematically
Component Weight Due date
Class participation 10 % Continuous
Discussion questions (with short explanation) 30 % Before the seminar from session 2 (exact time depends on time of the seminar), best 6 counts
Weekly report 30% TBA
Open-book exam 30 % TBA