Problems of Democracy in the Eastern EU Countries, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 16 days
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #56 (ARWU) ,
The Problems of Democracy in the Eastern EU Countries course at the University of Helsinki is designed for advanced undergraduates or Master’s level students of humanities and social sciences.


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.

Learning objectives

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 16 days
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses.
  • A motivation letter must be added to your application.
  • All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 16 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 16 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Tuition varies between 900 and 1490 EUR. Please visit the programme website for more information.

Living costs for Helsinki

  • 910 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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