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Faculty of History and Cultural Studies

Course Title: 0401 Utopia or Dystopia? Perestroika and the end of the Soviet state

Course Description

The Collapse of the USSR was not only the most significant process of radical change in the world in XX century, but we are still dealing with the consequences of unresolved problems. These changes happened unexpected rapidity: no experts predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall or the newly found freedom of speech and religion in Soviet Union, democratization, elections and attempt to establish multi-party system. How and why the Soviet elite destroyed its own system? What role did nationalism and the process of decolonization play in the country’s disintegration? Did the Cold War rivalry precipitate its fall? While examining the answers to these questions as provided by anthropologists, political scientists and historians, we will also search for insights

 

Faculty

History and Cultural Studies

Institute

Historical Faculty

Lecturer

Iryna Ramanava

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/2023 - 14/07/2023

Mode and Time

Synchronous (live), Time (CET): Wednesday 12-14

Online Tool for Teaching

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Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master

Prerequisites

English (no less then B2)

ECTS

4

Course Title: 0402 Chernobyl disaster: Politics and Society

Course Description

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is the biggest man-made disaster in history, it not only claimed thousands of lives, but also brought down the main religious cult of the 20th century - faith in technological progress and became a symbol of the failure of the entire Soviet project.
The perception of the disaster, and the ways in which states and communities dealt with it, were clearly bifurcated by Cold War divisions; but like many things, they also transcended them geographically and temporally, reaching far into contemporary discourses. We will discuss the existing discourses of describing and comprehending this catastrophe, this will allow us to learn a lot about how the Soviet system worked as a whole.

 

Faculty

History and Cultural Studies

Institute

Historical Institute

Lecturer

Iryna Ramanava

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/2023 - 14/07/2023

Mode and Time

Synchronous (live), Time (CET): Friday 10-12

Online Tool for Teaching

BigBlueButton

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master

Prerequisites

English (no less then B2)

ECTS

5

Course Title: 0403 Leaflets, Journals, Newspapers - (Print) Media in Early Modernity

Course Description

Media Matters. Different forms of media shape the way societies see and portray themselves and what contemporaries can know about the world and each other. In the case of Early Modernity (∼1500-1800), the printing press and its products had a revolutionary impact.
This course will look at early modern (print) media, from leaflets and periodicals, to newspapers and books, and its various roles in shaping society and knowledge, affecting the history of rulership, colonialism, religion, science, nationalism and much more. Among others, we will read literature on the effects of print as well as theoretical texts on the impact of various forms of print media, on historiography and the contemporaries.
To pass the writing of an essay or the holding of a presentation will be required, as well as regular participation in the discussions of the reading every week.

 

Faculty

Faculty of History and Cultural Studies

Institute

Historical Institute

Lecturer

Bennet Rosswag, M.A.

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/2023 - 14/07/2023

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET):Tuesday 16-18

Online Tool for Teaching

BBB, StudIP

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master

Prerequisites

Intermediate English (mainly in speaking and reading), Interest in (Early Modern) History

ECTS

3

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