This Problems of Democracy in the Eastern EU Countries course at the University of Helsinki focuses on the current challenges of democracy and the rule of law in the Eastern members of the EU. It will be taught by a group of area studies experts with disciplinary backgrounds in history, sociology, media and cultural studies.
The course provides students with multidisciplinary approaches to study political and societal problems that hinder democratic conduct and undermine the common future of the European community. We address central issues related to governance, populism, nationalism, corruption, poverty, xenophobia, Roma population, environment and gender-related questions.
The course offers an extended temporal and spatial context. It reflects on the dynamic interaction of the underlying historical continuities and fluctuating changes. It also reviews the global and regional challenges and thus reflects on the development in the Western Balkans and Ukraine, with special attention to the impact of the nearby great power Russia.
The students will gain a broad overview of current societal and political developments in the region. The purpose is also to discuss critically the concept of democracy, which is sometimes understood normatively. The students will be acquainted with new multidisciplinary approaches and innovative pedagogical methods to understand the complexity of politics and society in this area. The course will also provide supplemental information for students looking to specialise in subjects and fields of research covered by the course. Ongoing cutting-edge research projects, carried out at the University of Helsinki, will be introduced by visits to several research centres.
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Course format and teaching methods
The course entails a total of 32 hours of teaching with various activating learning formats, such as lectures, flipped classroom, debates and small workshops. We apply new methods that promote critical thinking and discursivity. Every lecture includes mandatory pre-reading, and the class format will contain a 45-minute lecture and a 45-minute workshop. The syllabus with course readings will be disseminated to students before the course begins.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Book IELTS
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