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Centre for European Studies @Overview
OverviewThe Center, an interdisciplinary unit of the Jagiellonian University, was established in 1993. Starting with the 2000-2001 academic year, the Center is offering a one-year course of study leading to a Master of Arts in European Studies, and one leading to a Master of Arts in Central and Eastern European Studies. In each instance, the courses of study extend from the third Monday in September, the beginning of the intesive two week Introductory Course, through the last week of June of the following year. Although it is not required, it is recommended that students make an effort to acquire knowledge of Polish and take some of the course offered by the Center in that language. The Center offers Polish language courses throughout the year, the first one, an intensive four week course, is offered in September starting on the first Tuesday of the month .
All students in the program are required to take the Introductory Course, and a further eight courses during the academic year. Included in this number are two obligatory courses, one in each semester. Students choosing the Central and Eastern European Studies program are obliged to take at least three additional courses form that stream. During the second semester, students will be expected to participate in a research seminar series meeting fortnightly, to develop and submit a draft topic for their thesis by the end of February, and to make an oral presentation of their research in May. The final draft of the thesis must be filed with the university by the end of the third week in December of the following academic year.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Czubinski
Political and Social History of 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe. Does Central and Eastern Europe exist: criteria, theories and concepts. Its history as the playground for the Great Powers, its industrial revolution, ethnic divisions, political frontiers, and the legacy of the communist system and the Cold War.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Walaszek
European Union Enlargement in the Context of Central and Eastern European Economic and Political Transition. Political, economic and social situation in 1989: the transition's starting point. Failures and successes of the reforms undertaken. Current status of negotiations with the European Union Western perception of the enlargement and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the most important challenges faced by the them in the 2000-2010 decade.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Kucia
Contemporary Issues in Central and Eastern European Politics & Economics. The most recent political and economic events in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe; Analysis of the relevant ongoing changes in legal and financial transparency, market economy and privatization. Democracy and civil society: legal and civil culture Current status of East -West relations. Developments in the enlargement process
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Day
How to Invest and Do Business in Central and Eastern Europe. Investment climate in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the business culture, investment failures and successes, small business and entrepreneurship, business law and how it applies to foreign interests.
Globalization, Gender, Environment, Human Rights: post-modern challenges in Central and Eastern Europe Globalization challenges and local cultures. Gender issues, environmental consciousness, human rights and civil liberties, religion and secularisation in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Mach and Mazanek
Nationalism, Minorities and Ethnicity in Central and Eastern Europe Theories of nationalism; Ethnic and regional diversity and the rebirth of ethnicity and regionalism in Central and Eastern Europe. New identities and new nationalisms; regionalism, minorities and European integration
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Mach
Joining Europe: Cultural and Civilizational Dilemmas of Central and Eastern European Societies The sociology of communist societies, of social change and transformation; Values, norms, role models, and life styles; is Central and Eastern Europe different from Western Europe in this regard. Social perception of risk and the market economy. Civilizational competence in Poland: are we coping?
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Sztompka
Culture and Politics in 20th century Central and Eastern Europe Analysis of literary works in the context of the 20th century political and cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe: Kafka, Musil, Schultz, Bulghakov, Witkacy, Hasek, Singer, Gombrowicz, Milosz, Grass, Kundera, Wolf, and Tryzna.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Fiut
History of Central and Eastern European Art German and Italian influences on Central and Eastern Europeans art; the unique elements of art in Habsburg Europe; Art and civilization: the sociology of art in the region; Socialist Realism and the response of art to communism; Contemporary art in countries of the region.
Jewish Identities and the Study of the Holocaust Representations of the Holocaust; Memory of the Holocaust; Contemporary Jewish identities; Varieties of Judaism; Polish -Jewish relations
20th Century History of the Balkans Historical origins of the Balkan national and ethnic mosaic; The Balkans as the playground for superpowers; The communist legacy; The Balkan wars of the '90s; The Balkans in the European Union?
Politics and Economics of the Soviet Successor States Historical overview of the post-Soviet area in the '90s; Russian and Soviet imperial traditions; The Post-Soviet area and the Eurasian geo-strategic context: Russia, China, Japan, India, Turkey, Iran; Islam and the Soviet successor states ; Polish-Ukrainian, Polish-Belarusian, Polish-Russian relations
History of Russia - Central and Eastern European International Relations Russian expansion between 16th -20th century; The evolution of the Russian civilization; Communism and its impact on Russian civilization; The Western ways of the countries of Central and Eastern Eurpoe and the impact on their relations with Russia; Contemporary Russia's geo-strategic dilemmas .
History of European Integration European nation states after the World War II. International politics and the Schumann Plan; The evolution of the European Common Market; New integration impetus: towards the Single European Act; European integration after the Cold War; Integrating Europe in the world.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Kucia
International Security in the Post-Cold War Europe The origins and evolution of the post-Cold War security matrix; International security agents: NATO, Western European Union, European Security and Defense Identity , Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Relations between the European Union and the United States. European security dilemmas; The Balkan crisis and its implications ; NATO after Kosovo: towards a new security agenda for the 21st century.
European Union Economy in the Global Context The European Union's Economy: principles and mechanisms; Politics and economy in the European Union: from welfare state to the Third Way? European trade and international trade; European monetary policy: where is the Euro heading to? Can the European Union compete?.
European Co-operation in the Field of Justice and Home Affairs Pre-Maastricht institutions and arrangements; The Maastricht Treaty provisions for justice and home affairs; The Schengen Agreements: theory and practice ; The Amsterdam Treaty and its implications. New forms and co-operation; The European Union's body of laws, polices and practices in the areas justice and Home affairs (the JHA acquis) to which candidate members of the Union must acced and the consequences of the acquis for the these countries .
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Czubinski
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