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POLITICS OF EASTERN EUROPE

CODE 95341
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 11162 RELAZIONI INTERNAZIONALI (LM-52) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/04
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Why are some post-communist countries more politically and economically successful than others? What can happen in the future, and what can we learn from the East European experience? This course is designed to analyze different aspects of this region: institutions, forms of government, the emergence of political parties (i.e. regionalist, populist, anit EU and so on), the processes of democratization, types of political regimes, the EU and NATO enlargement, the breakdown of the Soviet Union, Contemporary Russia from eltsin to Putin, and Putinism. 

    The course consists of three parts. The first one aims at providing students with a better comprehension of the geographical boarders and hystorical implications of the post Soviet area. The second one deals with the main effects of the democratization in Central Eastern Europe and the latter is mainly based on the legacies of the past in contemporary Russia and Central Asta politics.

    A general overview of the political role of Russia and Eastern Europe in the International order will be discussed.

     

     

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course the student is able to:

    - master the main thematic nodes of the Eastern Politics;

    - know the basic methodological tools for comparative analysis;

    - develop critical judgment skills;

    - elaborate studies on specific themes on Eastern countries in different

    historical periods;

    - expose and argue with appropriate vocabulary researches of political science.

    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.

     

    PREREQUISITES

    Good knowledge of the main theories of Political Science and Comparative Politics. 

    Interests in contemporary political issues in this area.

     

    TEACHING METHODS

    36 hours online lectures

    Paper discussion, video, political debate in seminars, conferences.

    Slides and readings to be discussed.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course consists of different modules aiming at providing knowledge and understanding of historical, political, economic and international processes that characterize Eastern Europe.

    This course is designed to help students debating on political, hystorical and economic issues in this area. 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 politological approach examines the politics of transition and political 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

    Slides and the list of readings to be discussed during the lessons will be available in Aulaweb page of this course

    Compulsory Reading:

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

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MARA MORINI (President)

    LARA PICCARDO

    STELLA GIANFREDA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    October 4th, 2021

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral. discussion.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    16/12/2021 15:00 GENOVA Orale
    11/01/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
    25/01/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
    01/06/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
    27/06/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/07/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale
    06/09/2022 15:00 GENOVA Orale