GOV 324J • Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course is designed to introduce the advanced undergraduate to the political developments of Eastern Europe from 1945 to the present. We will begin with a short overview of the region's politics in the inter-war period and conclude with a thorough examination of post-communist democratic transition and consolidation. It is a premise of this course that a proper understanding of Eastern Europe's post-communist politics must be grounded in familiarity with the area's communist era since, to a considerable degree, the legacies of communism have shaped recent developments in Eastern Europe. Students are expected to follow current events in Eastern Europe as we shall discuss them in class.
First Exam: 40% Quizzes: 4 x 2.5% = 10% Second Exam: 50% Optional Paper: 30%
J. F. Brown. The Grooves of Change: Eastern Europe at the Turn of the Millennium. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001.