Kevät 2018 / Spring 2018

Luentokurssit / Lecture courses

Tammi-helmikuu / January-February Maalis-toukokuu / March-May

Intensiivikurssit / Intensive courses

Tammi-helmikuu / January-February Maalis-toukokuu / March-May

Muut opintojaksot / Other study units

Tammi-Helmikuu / January-February Maalis-toukokuu / March-May

Lyhenteet / Abbreviations:

  • Aalto Yliopisto / Aalto University: Aalto
  • Helsingin yliopisto / University of Helsinki: HY / UH
  • Itä-Suomen yliopisto / University of Eastern Finland: ISY / UEF
  • Jyväskylän yliopisto / University of Jyväskylä: JY / JYU
  • Lapin yliopisto / University of Lapland: LY / UL
  • Lappeenrannan teknillinen yliopisto / Lappeenranta University of Technology: LUT
  • Oulun yliopisto / University of Oulu: OY / UO
  • Hanken Svenska handelshögskolan / Hanken School of Economics: SHH / Hanken
  • Tampereen yliopisto / University of Tampere: TaY / UTA
  • Turun yliopisto / University of Turku: TY / UTU
  • Vaasan yliopisto / Univesity of Vaasa: VY / UV
  • Åbo Akademi / Åbo Akademi University: ÅA
  • Aleksanteri-instituutti / Aleksanteri Institute: AI

 

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Luentokurssit / Lecture courses

Tammi-helmikuussa alkavat luentokurssit / Lecture courses beginning in January or February

Business in Russia, 6 ECTS (LUT)

Järjestäjä / Organizer Lappeenranta University of Technology
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 8.1.2018 – 23.2.2018
Tuesdays 9 Jan and 16 Jan lecture hall 2303
Tuesdays 23 Jan and 30 Jan lecture hall 3310
Tuesdays 6 Feb, 13 Feb and 20 Feb lecture hall 2303
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Daria Podmetina and Juha Väätänen
Tavoite / Aim Student is able to 1. analyze consumer markets, 2. define the special characteristics of Russian business, 3. assess competitiveness of industrial sectors and enterprises, 4. assess foreign direct investment projects, 5. understand innovation process and innovation strategy on individual, company and country levels, 6. recognize Russia’s competitive advantages and disadvantages, 7. explain the methods of increasing competitiveness and productivity on national, industrial and company level.
Sisältö / Content

Consumer markets. Living standard analysis. Russian enterprise structures. Industrial and service sectors. Company innovation strategies. Entrepreneurship and new enterprises. Marketing practices. Trade, foreign direct investments and e-commerce. Russia’s competitiveness and future trends.

Lectures 21 h, seminar work and presentation 60 h, course literature 45 h, self study and exam preparation 30 h. Total 156 h.

Literature: The World Bank in the Russian Federation. Policy Uncertainty Clouds Medium-Term Prospects. Latest available version. Diversifying Russia. Harnessing regional diversity. EBRD. Latest available version. Additional material will be announced on lectures

0 – 5. Exam 60 %, written report 40 %. Each of the components has to be passed acceptably.

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of LUT in WebOodi
others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html
by 21.12.2017
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Multidisciplinary Course in Russian Studies: Governance, Civil Society and Religion, 5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 15.1.2018 – 1.3.2018
Mondays 12 – 14 Porthania, P722, Yliopistonkatu 3
Thursdays 14 – 16 Main Building, room 7, Fabianinkatu 33
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)  Kaarina Aitamurto, Meri Kulmala
Tavoite / Aim

(1) Students are able to explain how the Russian governmental system works and are able to explain the central features of the state-society relationship in contemporary Russia.

(2) Students are able to differentiate and critically evaluate different theoretical approaches and their origins to civil society and religion.

(3) Students are able identify central institutions and agents in the field and define the key concepts.

(4) Students are able to illustrate how the above-mentioned frameworks and concepts are applied to discussions in and about Russia.

(5) Students acquire skills for critical scholarly thinking and argumentation.

(6) Students develop further their skills of working in small teams and academic writing.

Sisältö / Content

This course introduces students to the state-society relations in Russia by addressing the governance of civil society and religion. The course presents different theoretical models of civil society, welfare regimes and the governance of religion. In addition, the course gives an overview of the history, the main agents and institutions in Russian civil society and religion. In the discussions that are based on the lectures and supportive reading the students analyse Russian discussions about civil society and religion.

Course Schedule

Mon 15 Jan Session 1. All teachers present

Short Introduction to the course (content in nutshell, study goals, schedule)

Lecture by Vladimir Gel’man: Governance in Russia: An Introduction

Thu 18 Jan Session 2. Meri Kulmala & Kaarina Aitamurto

More detailed introduction to the (study goals, sessions, schedule, assignments, assessment)

Discussion on the previous lecture; lead-in into civil society studies; assignment for the following flipped classroom

Mon 22 Jan Session 3. Students in peer groups

Reading/discussions in small groups

Thu 25 Jan Session 4. Flipped classroom with Meri Kulmala

Discussion on theoretical approaches to civil society, social movements and state-society relations generally based on the reading materials and assignment from the previous class. Presentation of the reading materials and the assignment for the following flipped classroom

Mon 29 Jan Session 5. Marina Khmelnitskaya

Lecture on state-business relations in contemporary Russia

Thu 1 Feb Session 6. Flipped classroom with Meri Kulmala

Discussion and critical read into the theories in and about Russia based on the reading materials and assignment from the previous class. Preliminary discussion on empirical studies of different types of civil society organizations (CSO) in Russia; group assignment on those different types of CSOs

Mon 5 Feb Session 7. Kaarina Aitamurto & Meri Kulmala

Lecture on governance of minorities: ethnic minorities (Kaarina); sexual minorities (Meri)

Thu 8 Feb Session 8. Flipped classroom with Kaarina Aitamurto

How to define and approach religion?

Mon 12 Feb Session 9. Kaarina Aitamurto

Governance of religion in Russia in global context

Thu 15 Feb Session 10. Kaarina Aitamurto

Diversity of religion in Russia: (resistance and resilience)

Mon 19 Feb Session 11. Elina Kahla

Lecture by Elina Kahla on Collaboration between the Russian State and Orthodox Church: Trends and challenges

Thu 22 Feb Session 12. Students work in groups

Mon 26 Feb Session 13. Meri Kulmala & Kaarina Aitamurto

Presentation of the results of the PBL-designed group works on different types of CSOs

Thu 1 March Session 14. Meri Kulmala & Kaarina Aitamurto

Final discussion, feedback and peer assessment

Active participation in classes and participation in peer groups, a final essay on topic that is agreed upon with the responsible teachers.

Teachers’ assessment on the final essay (1/3) and group work (1/3), peer assessment on working in groups (1/3).

Grading scale is (0) 1-5.

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UH in WebOodi
others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html
by 7.1.2018
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Multidisciplinary Course in Russian Studies: Environment and Climate Change, 5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 16.01.-20.02.18
Tue 14-16 Unioninkatu 37, sh.1
17.01.18 Wed 14 – 16 Main building, hall 7
24.01.-21.02.18 Wed 14 – 16 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo), hall 12
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)  Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen
Tavoite / Aim Students are able to identify social, economic and ecological challenges that environmental and climate changes pose in different parts of Russia. Students are able to compare and contrast approaches to the environment and climate change in Russia by focusing on discourses and practices, as well as policies and politics in the framework of Russian polity. Russian environmental and climate approaches are contextualized with the help of global comparisons.
Sisältö / Content 1. Natural Resources in Culture and Culture as Natural Resource (Sanna Turoma and Saara Ratilainen), Tue 16th of Jan
2. Soviet industrialization and the conquest of Nature (Sari Autio-Sarasmo), Wed 17th of Jan
3. Actors and policies in Russia’s bioeconomy (Hilma Salonen), 23rd of Jan
4. Energy security and climate change mitigation, case of Russia – Finland energy relations (Sakari Höysniemi), 24th of Jan
5. History of natural-resourse use, environmental and climate policies in Russia (Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen), Tue 30th of Jan
6. Russia’s energy sector, the environment and climate change (Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen), Wed 31st of Jan
7. Using Big Data to study the environment, environmental and climate policies in Russia (Daria Gritsenko), Tue 6th of Feb
8. The Arctic energyscape: energy and the elusive social (Hanna Lempinen), Wed 7th of Feb
9. Environmental governance of maritime (energy) transports in Russia (Daria Gritsenko), Tue 13th of Feb
10. Energy societal: narratives of energy superpower and hydrocarbon culture in Russia (Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen), Wed 14th of Feb
11. Group work presentations, Tue 20th of Feb
12. Group work presentations, Wed 21st of Feb24 hours lectures, essay based on lectures and further readings + group work with presentations.In order to successfully carry out the course the student needs to participate actively in lectures, write an essay, and prepare and present a group work. Common scale (0-5).
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UH in WebOodi
others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html
by 7.1.2018
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Latvian ja Liettuan kulttuurihistoriaa, 5 op (HY)

Järjestäjä / Organizer Helsingin yliopisto / Aleksanteri-instituutti
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 16.1.-1.3.2018
Ti 16-18 ja to 16-18, Metsätalo sali 30, Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Reetta Tuoresmäki (HY) ja Johanna Pažemeckas (AI)
Tavoite / Aim Opiskelija saa laajan käsityksen Latvian ja Liettuan alueiden kulttuurihistoriasta sekä nyky-yhteiskunnan kysymyksistä. Opiskelija ohjataan sellaisten lähteiden äärelle, joita hyödyntämällä hän voi seurata alueen tapahtumia.
Sisältö / Content Opiskelijat tutustuvat kurssin aikana Latvian ja Liettuan kulttuurihistoriaan ja nykypäivään. Lisäksi käydään läpi maiden ajankohtaisia kysymyksiä, sekä tarkastellaan miten historian perintö on läsnä kaikkialla tämän päivän Baltiassa.
Kurssin ensimmäisellä puoliskolla käsitellään Latviaa (opettajana FM Johanna Pažemeckas). Kulttuurihistoriallisen johdannon kautta päästään tarkastelemaan Latvian kulttuuria ja yhteiskuntaa nykyajassa. Liettuan osuutta opettaa FM Reeta Tuoresmäki.
1. Johdanto. Baltian ketju
2. Latvian historialliset maakunnat. Kulttuurihistoria, osa 1 – Liivinmaa, Puola ja Ruotsi
3. Latvian kulttuurihistoria, osa 2 – Venäjän imperiumi, kansallinen herääminen
4. Latvian kulttuurihistoria, osa 3 – tasavallan aika, Toisen maailmansodan aika, kulttuuri maanpaossa
5. Neuvostoaika Latviassa
6. Mediakatsaus. Latvian matkailu
7. Väestö. Latvian nykypäivän kysymyksiä
8. Liettua kartalla: suurvallan ajoista nykyisiin rajoihin
9. Liettuan kieli
10. Vilna ”pohjoisen Jerusalem” – juutalaiset ja muut historialliset kansat
11. Vilna ja sen yliopisto
12. Neuvostoaika Liettuassa
13. Itsenäisyysliike
14. Maan poliittisen ja taloudellisen kehityksen taustat ja nykytilanne, EU ja emigraatioLuennot 28 h, oheislukemisto, suppea esitelmä ja luentopäiväkirja.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Helsingin yliopiston opiskelijat WebOodissa, muut https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html 7.1.2018 mennessä.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) tai IKEBB:n verkkosivut

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EU, Russia and the countries in-between, 5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and place 16.1-27.2.2018
Tue 12:15-13:45 Yliopistonkatu 3 (Porthania) 722
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Suvi Kansikas
Tavoite / Aim

Upon completion of the course students are able to

– identify key developments and debates in the relationship between the EC/EU and USSR/Russia and understand the reasons for cooperation and conflict that both exist in the relationship between the two

– understand the effect these two actors have on the countries situated in-between in Eastern Europe, as well as understand the role of other outside actors such as the US and China on the EU-Russia relations

– classify and apply the main theoretical concepts of three different disciplines/perspectives: European Studies, Russian and Eastern European Studies and International Relations Studies

– independently compile and analyse research literature or other relevant materials on a given topic

– work independently/in pairs/groups in order to plan and prepare a public presentation on a given topic

– acknowledge and assess the applied academic and working life skills they use and learn during the course.

Sisältö / Content

This course aims to give an overview of the relationship between the EU and Russia. It examines the Cold War legacies as well as periods of both conflict and cooperation. The course looks at the EU-RU relationship from the point of view of trade and economy, culture and interaction, politics and tensions. It focuses on the EU’s ability to coordinate its members’ policies on questions related to Russia, as well as Russia’s ability to distract this coherence. The course also provides a long-term view on the role that the two power centres have and have had on their shared neighbourhood in Eastern Europe. Particular emphasis is put on the current situation which is afflicted by the conflict in Ukraine. Essential theoretical concepts will become familiar to the students during the course.

Contact teaching, written assignments. In exceptional cases, alternative methods of completion may be agreed upon with the academic coordinator of the programme.

A detailed reading list will be provided to the students at the beginning of the course.

Required literature:

  • Angela Romano (2014), Untying Cold War knots: The EEC and Eastern Europe in the long 1970s, Cold War History, 14:2, 153-173, DOI: 10.1080/14682745.2013.791680
  • Robert David English & Ekaterina (Kate) Svyatets (2014), Soviet elites and European integration: from Stalin to Gorbachev, European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire, 21:2, 219-233, DOI: 10.1080/13507486.2014.888710
  • Heinz Kramer (1993), The European Community’s Response to the ‘New Eastern Europe’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 31:2, 213-244. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.1993.tb00458.x
  • Tuomas Forsberg, Hiski Haukkala, The European Union and Russia (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information

Students of Nordic and European Studies have priority to this course. More information before the course. https://courses.helsinki.fi/fi/ENS-317/121296149

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Tshekkoslovakia 1967-1969: Prahan kevät, miehitys ja normalisaatio, 3 op (HY)

Järjestäjä / Organizer Helsingin yliopisto
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 17.1.-7.3.2018
Ke 16-18, Metsätalo sali 30, Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Miroslav Lehecka
Tavoite / Aim  Tšekkoslovakian tilanteen kuvaus kommunistisen puolueen aseman ja hallitsevan ideologian horjumisen aikana.
Sisältö / Content
  1. Sisäpoliittinen tilanne, taloudellinen tilanne ja kehitys
  2. Kommunistinen puolue ja muut poliittiset puolueet; niiden ideologia, eri siivet ja pyrkimykset
  3. Tilanne armeijassa, poliisissa, salaisessa poliisissa
  4. Slovakian tilanne, kehitys ja pyrkimykset
  5. Tilanne yhteiskunnassa, kulttuurissa, tieteessä, urheilussa, kirkkojen asema
  6. ”Normalisaatio” – päälinjaukset, tavoitteet ja niiden tulokset
  7. Reaktiot ulkomailta – tilanne kommunistisissa puolueissa Euroopassa

Suoritustavat: 3 op: Luennot 14 h, oheislukemisto ja tentti
+ 2 op: 10-12 sivun essee

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Helsingin yliopsiton opiskelijat WebOodi, muut https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html 7.1.2018 mennessä.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) tai IKEBB:n verkkosivuilta

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Discourses of Balkan and Baltics, 3 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 23.1. – 28.2.2018 (no lecture on week 8)
Tue 12-14, Main building lecture hall 9, Fabianinkatu 33 and Wed 10-12, Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan lecture hall 209, Snellmanninkatu 12
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus (JYU) and Dragana Cvetanovic (UH)
Tavoite / Aim The objective of the course is to use discursive approach for analyzing the similarities, differences and developments in Baltic and Balkan regions. The course develops the skills of applying discursive approach to both regional as well as country level. During the course students should obtain knowledge about both regions as well as be able to do some comparison of the regions/societies. Each contact session is based on different aspect of discursive approach.
Sisältö / Content 1. Introduction (Dragana and Sigrid)
2. Concept of discourse (Dragana and Sigrid)
3. Discourses of history: Soviet Union and Yugoslavia (Dragana and Sigrid)
4. Intertextuality: political and cultural discourses (Dragana and Sigrid)
5. Discourse and practice: from Soviet to Nordic (Sigrid)
6. Media discourses in Balkan and Baltics (Dragana and Sigrid)
7. Contradictory discourses of Europe (Dragana and Sigrid)
8. Agency: Youth in Balkan (Dragana)
9. Seminar (Dragana and Sigrid)
10. Conclusions and feedback (Dragana and Sigrid)3 ECTS: Lectures 20 h, obligatory reading, seminar and a 5-7 page essay
5 ECTS: Lectures 20 h, obligatory reading, seminar and a 10-12 page essay
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 7.1.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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Histories and Politics of Remembering in the European North, 5 ECTS (UTU)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Turku
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 23.1. – 2.3.2018
Tue 14-16, hall B2039
Thu 14-16, E221 Art history seminar hall
Exceptions!: 14.2 12-16, hall B2039 and 28.2. 12-16, Janus hall
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Ville Laamanen and Pertti Grönholm
Tavoite / Aim This course enables the students to understand and critically evaluate how and why history and memory are used, debated and contested in both academic research and society in general. They learn how to participate in discussions that deal with different interpretations of history, limitations of historical objectivity and claims of historical truth. They will also improve their skills of focused, problem-oriented learning and reading work in a group.
Sisältö / Content During this course, some of the key developments of 20th century history of the Baltic Sea region from both regional and national perspectives will be discussed. With the help of theoretical and conceptual tools, our understanding about the public and ideological uses of history, collective remembering, commemoration and silencing, and the politics of memory and memory conflicts will be discussed. From these premises, the course discusses how states, societies and selected other actors in history have striven to come to terms with their past, how they have debated it and how they continue to do so today around the Baltic Sea region.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UTU in NettiOpsu, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 7.1.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information In NettiOpsu

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Commanding the Environment or Green Dictatorships? Nature-Culture-Society Relationships in the USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe, 5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place
24.1.-1.3.2018
Wed 16-18 and Thu 16-18, Maing building XVI, Unioninkatu 34
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Victor Pal
Tavoite / Aim  The aim of this course is to track the historical development of the nature-culture/nature-society relationship in both left-, and right-wing authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe and in Russia /USSR.The students will be introduced to the characteristics of the nature-culture/nature-society relationships in left-, and right-wing authoritarian regimes in modern Eastern Europe and Russia / USSR. They will also gain an understanding of nature-culture and nature-society relationships on a global scale and will examine the objective of this course in a global and transnational context.
Sisältö / Content This course will analyze authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe and Russia / USSR and their relationship to the natural environment. While there is a general assumption that authoritarian regimes have less concern for nature preservation than liberal democratic systems, climate change and other pressing environmental issues globally questioned the environmental performance of pluralist democracies. Authoritarian systems did not solely taint the environment, but have taken into account environmentalist claims and have incorporated conservationists agendas in their political programs.
1: Introduction: Course requirements. A Long-term Perspective on the Nature-Culture and Nature – Society Relationship in Eastern Europe and in Russia, 1800-1918 (PAL)
2: From the October Revolution to The Great Stalin Plan for the Transformation of Nature: Nature-Culture and Nature-Society Relationship in Soviet Russia and in the USSR until World War II (PAL)
3: Lebensraum and Nature Reserves: Nature-Culture and Nature-Society Relationships in Nazi Germany and in Eastern Europe under Right-Wing Authoritarian Regimes in the Interwar Era (PAL)
4: Nature in War – War on Nature: Nature- Culture and Nature-Society Relationships in Eastern Europe and in the USSR under World War II. (PAL)
5: From The Virgin Lands Campaign to Environmental Activism: Nature-Culture and Nature-Society relationship in the USSR from Khrushchev to Gorbachev, 1953-1985 (PAL)
6: Mastering Nature through Science: Stalinism and Nature-Culture and Nature-Society Relationship in Eastern European countries under Soviet Occupation, 1948-1968 (PAL)
7: Green Dictatorships?: The Wide Spectrum of Nature-Culture and Nature-Society Relationships in Eastern Europe countries, 1968-1990 (PAL)
8: From Environmental Activism to Shock Therapy. The Rise and Fall of Grassroots Environmental Activism in USSR/Russia and in Eastern Europe in the 1980s-1990s. (HAKALA/PAL)
9: The Rise of the Strongmen: Authoritarian Leaders and Nature-Culture / Nature-Society Relationships in Russia and in Eastern Europe in the 2000s (HAKALA/PAL)
10: Megaprojects and Climate Change : The Wide Spectrum of Nature-Culture and Nature-Society Relationships in Eastern Europe in the 2010s. (HAKALA/PAL)
11: Predicting the Future: Eastern Europe and Russia in the Future on the Global Stage in the Coming Decades (PAL)
12: Wrapping up: Walking through the course and concluding session (PAL)5 ECTS: Lectures 24 h, obligatory reading, a term paperAssessment: 50% presence and participation, 50% term paperTeaching Methods: The course focuses on the student’s independent activity via the organization of self-learning environments and experimental training. It will encourage students to have a choice of actions and initiative. Interactive methods will be used to foster high motivation and enable the freedom of expression. The course will utilise interactive methods and tools such as case study, peer feedback, play project and metaphor game.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 7.1.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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Väli-Eurooppa kylmän sodan jälkeen, 5 op (TY)

Järjestäjä / Organizer Turun yliopisto
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 01.02.-30.04.18

Luento-opetus 12 t
To 1.2.2018 – 15.2.2018 viikoittain klo 14.15-15.45
Pe 2.2.2018 – 16.2.2018 viikoittain klo 14.15-15.45
Seminaari 8 t
To 15.3.2018 – 22.3.2018 viikoittain klo 14.15-15.45
Pe 16.3.2018 – 23.3.2018 viikoittain klo 14.15-15.45
Ryhmätöiden palautus
Ma 30.4.2018, mennessä
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Heino Nyyssönen
Tavoite / Aim
Sisältö / Content
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Sähköpostitse yliopisto-opettaja Heino Nyyssöselle (htshyy at utu.fi) viimeistään 31.1.2018 klo 23:59.
Lisätietoa / More information Huom! Kurssi mahdollista suorittaa verkon välityksellä. https://nettiopsu.utu.fi/opas/opetusohjelma/marjapuuro.htm?id=17184

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Legal Foundations of the Russian Economy, 6 ECTS (UVA)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Vaasa
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place  12.03.-15.03.18
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Mika Kärkkäinen
Tavoite / Aim The course introduces student the legal foundations of Russian economic system. Student becomes aware of the interaction between Russian political, economic and legal system and its impact on Russian society. Student is familiar with the basics of Russian business law, as well as the legal system of Russian foreign trade in the context of Russian integration into the world economy.
Sisältö / Content

The constitutional system of Russian Federation, company law and the law of contracts in Russian Federation, Russian foreign trade legislation, Russian accession to World Trade Organization.

Literature:
1. Tolonen & Topornin (ed.) (2000). Legal Foundations of Russian Economy. Helsinki: Aleksanteri Institute. Chapters I and II.
2. Nystén-Haarala, Soili (2001). Russian Law in Transition. Helsinki: Aleksanteri Institute. Chapters 2 (Russian Property Rights in Transition, pp. 127-212) and 3 (Russian Enterprises and Company Law in Transition, pp. 213-276). Articles are also available at the Internet site of International Institute for Applied System Analysis: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Admin/PUB/Documents/IR-01-006.pdf
3. Orlov, Vladimir (2013): Introduction to Business Law in Russia. Ashgate. Available in Ebrary via Nelliportaali.

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UVA in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 15.2.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information East West Business Studies

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Cross-Border Areas in the Baltic Sea Region: Borders, Identity and Everyday Life, 5 ECTS (UTU)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Turku
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 3rd and 4th period
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Karri Kiiskinen
Tavoite / Aim On this course students gain knowledge of the cultural processes affecting the cross-border areas in the wider Baltic Sea region from the viewpoint of border and ethnological studies with a focus on micro-level analysis of borders and culture. In addition, students gain experience of applying fieldwork methods as means for further deepening their understanding of the relations between diverse borders and people’s everyday lives in the region.
Sisältö / Content Students gain an overview of cross-border areas in the wider Baltic Sea region extending from the Arctic Sea coastline in the North as far as to the Tatra Mountains in the Eastern Central Europe. Apart from the Finnish borderlands with Sweden and Russia, the case studies discuss borderlands between e.g. Sweden-Denmark, Poland-Ukraine, Poland-Germany, Estonia-Russia, the Baltic countries, as well as the Russian Kaliningrad. Some borderlands are historically and culturally stable borderlands while others have been faced with the changes of borders resulting e.g. from the Second World War and more lately from European integration. This course focuses on the recent border changes in terms of micro level analysis of borderlands and everyday life. Conceptually, the focus is on the diverse border-related practices that contribute in bordering people, communities and ‘cultures’. When diverse agents contribute in and deal with changing of borders, we need to ask how these are negotiated locally, or by minorities. How transnational is the everyday life in these areas? How are the ideas and symbols of border crossing, such as heritage and the border itself, part of everyday life in these borderlands? What is their role for identity constructions among the, old and new, minorities in the area? In the empirical part of the course, students gain first-hand experience of applying the conceptual and methodological tools introduced on the course. On a two-day excursion to the Åland Islands organized by the course they can operationalise the theoretical questions raised in the lectures/literature on the basis of their own field observations, which form also the basis for their final essay.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UTU in NettiOpsu, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information More info in NettiOpsu.

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New media as instruments of Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, 5 ECTS (UTA)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Tampere
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place Mon 22-Jan-2018 at 10-12, Main building D13
Mon 22-Jan-2018 at 13-15, Main building D13
Tue 23-Jan-2018 at 10-12, Main building A2a
Tue 23-Jan-2018 at 13-15, Main building A2a
Mon 29-Jan-2018 at 10-12, Main building D14
Mon 29-Jan-2018 at 13-15, Main building D14
Tue 30-Jan-2018 at 10-12, Main building A2a
Mon 5-Feb-2018 at 10-12, Main building D13
Mon 5-Feb-2018 at 13-15, Main building D13
Tue 6-Feb-2018 at 10-12, Main building A2a
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Dmitry Yagodin
Tavoite / Aim The course consists of 10 lectures in the class (20 hours), including 3 guest lectures (6 hours). The students will develop a better understanding of how and why mass media play an important instrumental role in influencing Russia’s domestic and foreign relations in a globalized world.
Sisältö / Content Lecture 1: Introduction to Russian domestic and foreign new media landscape
Lecture 2: The role of mainstream and alternative mass media in Russia
Lecture 3: Media legislation and internet governance in Russia
Lecture 4: Strategies of agenda-setting for foreign and domestic audience
Lecture 5: The evolution of Russian online media
Lecture 6: Russian blogosphere and its regulation
Lecture 7: Social media and new forms of journalism
Lecture 8: Russian strategic online communication during global media events and issues
Lecture 9: Russian soft power and the mediated public diplomacy
Lecture 10: Information security and digital communication networks
Course assessment includes active participation in the lectures, 10 pages of individual lecture diary, and 10 page of collaborative essays (2-3 students as co-authors).
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UTA in NettiOpsu, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information UTA webpage

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Environmental history of Pollution and Protection of the Watercourses in the BSR, 5 ECTS (UTU)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Turku
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 3th period
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Simo Laakkonen
Tavoite / Aim The Baltic Sea is said to have been the most polluted, the most researched and also the most protected sea in the world. The course will provide an overall picture of the main phases of these developments in the context of the major environmental and sociopolitical changes in the region since the late 19th century until the 21st century. The main reasons for pollution but also for protection on the local, the national, the international (BSR), and when appropriate also on the global level (e,g., UN organizations) will be discussed. The course provides an excellent base for studies on future, current or other historical topics in the region.
Sisältö / Content

The course is interdisciplinary as it will explore the role of environmental policy, media, science, and technology in the changing context of peace and war in this region. Case studies and comparative examples will address several cities in the region and Finland, Sweden, East and West Germany, Poland and Baltic States Soviet Union/Russia. International/global topics explore emergence of oil accidents, radioactive fallout, toxic substances, nutrient problems and making of related international marine protection conventions during the Cold War.

Learning diary and essay in English that can be written on basis of sources in Russian, Baltic, Polish, German or Nordic languages. Students of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies can include the course as a part of required international studies.

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration students of UTU in NettiOpsu, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information University of Turku Study Guide

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Maalis-toukokuussa alkavat luentokurssit / Lecture courses beginning in March-May

Multidisciplinary Course on Russian Studies: Eurasia: Space, Politics and Culture, 5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 13.3.2018 – 15.5.2018
Tuesdays 10 – 12 Topelia, F211, Unioninkatu 38
Thursdays 14 – 16 Metsätalo, room 12, Unioninkatu 40
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)  Sanna Turoma
Tavoite / Aim

The course unfolds the “how?” questions, i.e. how Russia internally and in cross-border and transnational multi-institutional contexts is trying to maintain its resilience in the raptide of both the normative and fluid global realities, but also what forms of resistance the chosen policies produce both inside and outside Russia.

Student identifies Russia is trying to maintain its resilience in normative and fluid global realities and what kinds of resistance the chosen politicies produce inside and outside Russia. Student understands multi-/interdisciplinary approach in practice and is able to recognize different disciplinary approaches in the analysis.

Sisältö / Content

Students gain knowledge about the concept of Eurasia in Russian history, geography, culture, philosophy, and political thought. Students recognize and are able to explain the uses of the concept in current Russian cultural practices and societal debates. Students will also be able to compare Russian conceptualizations of Eurasia with other regional perspectives. Students will understand cultural and social phenomena in Eurasian space and learn to relate them to the global context.

The course will be based on lectures, group work and practices.

In the course will be applied group work organised on the basis of problem-based learning but also individual and pair work.

The assessment of the course is based on participation, producing essay(s) and/or learning diary and/or participation of group works. The assessment of the course is 0-5.

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UH in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018
Lisätietoa / More information UH Webpage

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Tiedusteluhistoriaa Itämeren alueella, HY, 5 op

Järjestäjä / Organizer Helsingin yliopisto
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 13.3. – 19.4.
Ti ja to 16:15 – 17:45 Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia) A205
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Aleksi Mainio, Seppo Vepsäläinen, Oula Silvennoinen ja Juho Kotakallio
Tavoite / Aim

Tällä luentosarjalla perehdytään Itämeren alueella vaikuttaneiden suurvaltojen ja pienempien valtioiden vuosien 1881–1962 vakoiluhistoriaan. KGB, Gestapo, SIS ja monet pienemmät salaiset palvelut ovat olleet aktiivisia Itämeren piirissä. Ne ovat vaikuttaneet keskeisesti siihen, minkälaiseksi Suomen ja muiden alueen valtioiden historia on muodostunut.

Kurssin tavoitteena on, että opiskelija ymmärtää sisäisen ja ulkoisen tiedustelun erilaisia toimintatapoja ja vaikutuksia, kansallisia toimijoita sekä kansainvälistä yhteistyötä ja vastakkainasettelua, joiden vaikutukset jatkuvat monilta osin nykyiseenkin kansainväliseen politiikkaan.

Luentosarjan opettajina on neljä Helsingin yliopiston historiantutkijaa. He kaikki ovat erikoistuneet tiedusteluhistoriaan ja tutkineet aihepiiriä vuosien ajan.

Sisältö / Content
  • Salaisten agenttien jäljillä – tiedusteluhistoriaa antiikista nykypäivään (JK)
  • Tsaaria kumoamassa – Ohrana, anarkistit ja aktivistit 1881 – 1918 (AM)
  • Gestapon valtakunta? Saksan tiedusteluorganisaatiot II maailmansotaan asti (SV)
  • Hänen Majesteettinsa salaiset agentit Suomessa 1918 – 1941 (JK)
  • Koodien purkamisen merkitys maailmansodissa (JK)
  • Saksan salainen toiminta Suomessa ja Pohjolassa ennen toista maailmansotaa (OS)
  • Suomi ja Saksan salainen toiminta 1930-luvulta II maailmansotaan (OS)
  • Valtiollinen poliisi turvallisuus- ja vastatiedusteluorganisaationa. Suomalainen sotilastiedustelu (OS)
  • Eri maiden poliittinen ja sotilastiedustelu Virossa 1918 – 1945 (SV)
  • Virolaisten mielialojen ja elinolojen tutkimus 1940 – 1944 (SV)
  • Taistelu Venäjästä – Suomi ja Tšekan valtakunta 1918 – 1944 (AM)
  • Valkoista ja punaista – Supo, KGB ja Kekkonen 1944 – 1962 (AM)
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Helsingin yliopiston opiskelijat WebOodissa, muut https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html 1.3.2018 mennessä.
Lisätietoa / More information  https://courses.helsinki.fi/fi/hisk-211/120305159

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History of the Soviet Union, 2 ECTS (UEF)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Eastern Finland
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 5.3.–25.4.2018
Mon 5.3.–19.3., 16–18 M110
Wed 7.3.–21.3., 16–18 M110
Thu 8.3., 16–18 M110
Thu 15.3., 16–18 N103
Thu 22.3., 16–18 M110
Exam 27.3., 14–16 M101
Re-exam 25.4., 14–16 M110
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Jeremy Smith
Tavoite / Aim  The student will get on overview on history of the Soviet Union.
Sisältö / Content The lectures illustrate the reasons why the Bolsheviks won the Civil War, how Lenin and Stalin sought to transform Russia into the Soviet Union, how the Soviet Union evolved into a superpower, and the factors which gradually weakened the Soviet political, economic and social system. The lectures will also be devoted to an examination of the strategy evolved by Gorbachev to reform the Soviet system (glasnost’ and perestroika).
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UEF in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 7.1.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information  https://weboodi.uef.fi/weboodi/etusivu.html

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Post-communist cities: the case of Warsaw, 3 ECTS (UH) CANCELLED

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 14.3.-9.5.2018 (no lecture on 4.4.)
Wed 10-12, Unioninkatu 35, seminar room 113
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Justyna Pierzynska
Tavoite / Aim The aim of the course is to introduce students to the notion of “post-Communist city” and its role in CEE studies. The course will discuss contemporary sociological phenomena such as gentrification, ghettoization, suburbanization etc. in a post-Communist context on the example of the Polish capital: Warsaw.
Sisältö / Content The course introduces students to the notion of a “post-Communist” or post-Socialist city which has been one of the most important themes in Central and Eastern European Studies of late. Taking the example of the Polish capital Warsaw, it illustrates how contemporary phenomena of gentrification, ghettoization, informal settlements, directed revitalization etc. have impacted on the daily realities of inhabitants after the fall of Socialism. It also discusses how the official and unofficial interventions in the city-scapes of Warsaw have been underpinned by political and ideological shifts and the desire to wipe-up certain aspects of the socialist historical heritage. It shows the modes of social response to such policies and discusses the role of the civil society in a modern city.
The course will concentrate on discussing the contemporary phenomena connected to post-Communist cities on concrete examples found in the urban tissue of the city of Warsaw.1. Introduction: what is a post-Communist city? Theories and perspectives
2. The Palace of Culture and other contested Soviet monuments in Warsaw
3. “Historical politics” in the urban space of Warsaw
4. Gentrification, ghettoization, suburbanization and ethnic minorities in the city after 1990
5. Civil society, participation and protests movements in Warsaw
6. Realities of new urbanism in Warsaw
7. Sport (sub)cultures in Warsaw and its political implications3ECTS: Lectures 14 h, obligatory reading, and an exam
+ 2 ECTS: an essay of 10-12 pages
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza@helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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Hip Hop East, 3 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 19.3.-24.4.2018
Mon 10-12, Metsätalo lecture hall A205, Unioninkatu 40 and
Tue 12-14, Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan lecture hall 234, Snellmanninkatu 12.
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Dragana Cvetanovic
Tavoite / Aim This course will address issues that lie at the intersection of debates on hip hop culture, politics, globalization, sociolinguistics and anthropology in the “Eastern Europe” (CEE, Russia, Ukraine and the former Yu-countries).
Sisältö / Content
  1. Introduction to the course. Hip hop studies and interdisciplinary approaches
  2. Central-Eastern Europe hip hop
  3. Hip hop in Russia and Ukraine
  4. Hip hop and women. Hip hop and activism
  5. Hip hop culture in Bosnia
  6. Hip hop culture in Croatia
  7. Hip hop culture in Montenegro
  8. Hip hop culture in Macedonia
  9. Hip hop culture in Serbia
  10. Concluding the course
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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International Intervention in the former Yugoslavia: Anthropological Approaches, 3 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 20.3.-26.4.2018 (No lectures on 29.3. or 3.4.)
Tue 10-12, seminar room 113, Unioninkatu 35 and Thu 10-12, Metsätalo lecture hall 18, Unioninkatu 40.
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Andrew Graan
Tavoite / Aim International responses to the wars in Yugoslavia generated logics of intervention and governance that have been applied in many other world contexts. Drawing on work in anthropology, this course examines forms of international intervention—humanitarianism, democracy promotion, NGOization, EU conditionality, etc.—that emerged during the Yugoslav wars and later efforts to reform successor states. In doing so, we interrogate the premises and consequences of international intervention today.
Sisältö / Content 3 ECTS: Lectures 20 h, obligatory reading, and a short essay (5-7 pages)
5 ECTS: Lectures 20 h, obligatory reading, and a long essay (10-12 pages)
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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Ukraine – Incongruities of Identity? 3 ECTS (UH) CANCELLED

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 20.3.-19.4.2018
Tue 20.-27.3. 14-16 Unioninkatu 35, sh 113
Thu 22.3. 14-16 Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia), B114
Thu 5.-19.4. 14-16 Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia), B114
Tue 10.-17.4. Unioninkatu 35, sh 113
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Simo Mannila
Tavoite / Aim This courses give basic tools to understand today’s Ukrainian society and its problems of identity. The course is largely based on Ukrainian empirical data and research, practically unknown in Finland. Some historical and economic data are used as a background to empirical findings. The course also introduces some Ukrainian research bodies and their activities as well as some theoretical concepts to frame theoretically the findings: e.g. identity, attitudes, discrimination, confidence, social capital, governance.
Sisältö / Content 1. Social research in Ukraine – basic internet sources and basics of quantitative research (methods, reporting) 2 h
2. Basic theoretical concepts relevant to the topic 2 h
3. Identity by regions: East vs. West? 2 h
4. Identity by language: Ukrainian vs. Russian? 2 h
5. Identity by state: confidence and betrayal 2 h
6. Summarizing identity 2 h
7. Discussion on the future (lecture or moodle tbc) 2 h3 ECTS: Lectures 14 h, obligatory reading, and essay of 5-7 pages
5 ECTS: Lectures 14 h, obligatory reading, and essay of 10-12 pages
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in Weboodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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Intensiivikurssit / Intensive courses

Tammi-helmikuussa alkavat intensiivikurssit / Intensive courses beginning in January or February

Eastern Neighbourhood: Challenges of development between Russia and the EU, 3 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place
To be confirmed

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Katalin Miklóssy
Tavoite / Aim The students will gain a broad overview of the various aspects of EU relations with the East. The course will discuss the process and consequences of the Eastern Partnership policy. The purpose is to cover also countries that are not on the agenda of the Partnership framework. We will investigate what is the relation of the Eastern Partnership countries intra-regionally and what are the common features and differences in their societal development. What is the relevance of Russian foreign policy changes on the choices of this region. The students will be acquainted with multidiscisplinary approaches and innovative pedagogical methods to understand the complexity of political and societal development of the area. The course will provide supplemental information to students who want to specialize in subjects and fields of research covered by the course.
Sisältö / Content Eastern Partnership countries

  • Common development and differences of evolutionary paths
  • Advantages and challenges of the Partnership policy
  • Partnership policy from the target countries viewpoint
  • Partnership policy from the EU’s Eastern group’s point of view
  • Environmental cooperation between the EU and Partnership countries

Neighborhood and the goals of the EU in the region

  • Eurasian Union and the European Union
  • Energy- energy security
  • Post-conflict situation
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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Business Operations in Eastern Europe, 5 ECTS (UVA)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Vaasa
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place Thu 11.01. at 10:00 – 16:00, TERA201 PALOMÄKI A201
Fri 12.01. at 08:00 – 12:00, TERA201 PALOMÄKI A201
Thu 25.01. at 10:00 – 16:00, TERA201 PALOMÄKI A201
Fri 26.01. at 08:00 – 12:00, TERA201 PALOMÄKI A201
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Katja Novikova, katja.novikova (at) lut.fi
Tavoite / Aim By the end of this course students should be able to identify and analyze the key characteristics of the operation environment in emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS; Define and analyze operations risks based on macroeconomic indicators; Plan and manage entry strategies for these markets. The course will also support the development of student’s skills in the areas of analytical and critical thinking.
Sisältö / Content 1) Dimensions of transition,
2) the structure and changing nature of East-West business,
3) entry strategies,
4) national and business cultures,
5) innovations and future development,
6) macroeconomic analysis of Russia, Baltic countries and CIS.Literature:
1)Transition report 2015 by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Selected parts.
2) Cavusgil, S.Tamer, Pervez N. Ghauri & Ayze A. Akcal: Doing Business in Emerging Markets, SAGE Publications (2013).
3) Reading packageTeaching: Lectures and group assignment
Assessment: Exam, group assignment
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UVA in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information East West Business Studies

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Europe Displaced: Culture and Society in Contemporary Ukraine, 2 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place Mon 16:15-17:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 5
Tue 16:15-17:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 11
Wed 16:15-17:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 11
Thu 16:15-17:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 11
Fri 15:15-16:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 11
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Vasyl Cherepanyn
Tavoite / Aim By the end of this course students should be able to identify and analyze the key characteristics of the operation environment in emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS; Define and analyze operations risks based on macroeconomic indicators; Plan and manage entry strategies for these markets. The course will also support the development of student’s skills in the areas of analytical and critical thinking.
Sisältö / Content

The uprising at Maidan in Ukraine exposed Europe as a political and cultural entity to unexpected challenges and provoked the arrival of the new political realities. Course approach is based on questioning the neocolonial mode of relationship between the European metropolis and its peripheries, discovering the potential for transformation of the European project under the pressure from the ‘outside’, in the context of ‘the bigger Europe’.

The course aims to introduce to students different social practices of contemporary culture in Ukraine. This aim is to be reached by discussing core concepts and key ideas that are in the centre of Ukrainian intellectual and political debates, such as the post-Soviet condition and the European integration, the politics of memory and transformations of urban space, contemporary visual arts and knowledge production. A specific focus will be made on the issues and antagonisms that are of particular importance: exclusion of the European ‘Other’ and the new ‘post-Schengen walls’; ‘the end of ideology’ and the rise of the far-right in Europe and beyond; the conflict of historical memories and the remaking of World War II; the hatred towards art, iconoclasm and media wars.

A broad multidisciplinary approach is being used: arguments and discussions are concentrated in anthropological, philosophical, historical, and political discoursive fields for the analysis of social and cultural processes in Ukraine.

Teaching: Reading and other eventual material will be posted to Moodle (a virtual learning environment used at the University of Helsinki). ECEBB/Ukrainian Studies Planning Officer will send instructions how to log in for those who have registered to the course. NB: Moodle instructions will be sent to your University of Helsinki email address (Helsinki.fi).

Assessment: 2 ECTS: Lectures 10 h, obligatory reading, a short presentation, and exam

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in Weboodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 7.1.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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Marketing Strategies and Management in Central and Eastern Europe, 5 ECTS (UVA)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Vaasa
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

Mon 12.02.2018 12:00-16:00 TER/D103 Wetteri-sali D103
Tue 13.02.2018 10:00-14:00 TER/D103 Wetteri-sali D103
Wed 14.02.2018 12:00-16:00 TER/C209 Atria-sali C209
Thu 15.02.2018 10:00-14:00 TER/C209 Atria-sali C209
Fri 16.02.2018 08:00-12:00 TER/D115 D115

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Mario Glowik
Tavoite / Aim By the end of this course students should be able to understand the process of transition from a centrally planned to a market-based economy and its implications for doing business in the region; Understand the motivation and strategies of foreign companies in CEE;
Be aware of marketing and managerial challenges in CEE and understand how these challenges could be tackled.
Sisältö / Content 1) Characteristics of the business environment and markets in CEE (in comparison to Western Europe),
2) Motivation for doing business in CEE,
3) Market entry strategies and strategies of foreign investors in the region,
4) Main marketing challenges in CEE,
5) Main managerial challenges in CEE, and
6) Economic crisis and its implications for doing business in CEE.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UVA in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information East West Business Studies

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Investments and Finance in Russia. 5 ECTS (UVA)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Vaasa
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

5.-8.2.2018

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Ivan Darushin and Shaker Ahmed
Tavoite / Aim The course provides firm knowledge and understanding of the Russian financial market. Students will be able to describe the period of formation of the Russian market economy with accent on the stock market, banking sector, and accounting and taxation systems. Further, the course leads to inner look at the current situation on the Russian financialmarket. By the end of the course participants should be also familiar with the ways and forms of making foreign investments to Russia, including the most important features in the Russian financial legislation. Lectures will contribute to the development of analytical and critical thinking skills of students, while group assignment will support student’s generic skills in written and oral expression as well as presentation skills and ability to work in a team.
Sisältö / Content Russian securities and derivatives markets: foundation of the market, reforms of the 1990s, financial crisis of 1998, current situation on the Russian securities market, its legal regulation, problems and perspectives. Banking in Russia: banking system’s formation in the early 1990s, Central Bank of Russia, its role and structure, commercial banking and last tendencies in the field. Russian accounting and taxation systems: present state of accounting system and its legal regulation, tax legislation in Russia, types of taxes and estimation examples of payable tax amounts. Direct and portfolio foreign investments in Russia: forms and methods of foreign investments to Russia, legal, tax, and riskiness peculiarities in foreign investments.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Studenst of UVA in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information East West Business Studies

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The Impact of Public Activism on Government Communications in Ukraine, 3 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

9.-13.4.2018
Mon 9.4. 8:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 7
Tue 10.4. 9:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 11
Wed 11.4. 8:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 18
Thu 12.4. 10:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 11
Fri 13.4. 9:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 9

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Dmytro Konyk
Tavoite / Aim

The course aims to explain the role of communication and advocacy in establishing the dialogue between state and society. The specific objectives of the course are listed below.

1. To outline how the advocacy and communication strategies can change the relations between government and society on the example of Ukrainian experience.

2. To identify specific advocacy and communication strategies used by civil society actors for social mobilization

3. To define the role of social media and cyber-activism in changing the political agenda.

Sisältö / Content

The course provides students with an understanding on how public activism is changing the communication policy of Ukrainian government. For 25 years since Ukraine gained its independence a serious shift from Soviet type of communication toward the transparent dialogue between government and public was made. However, these changes were not easy – civil society and public pressure groups made a lot of actions to achieve this. In particular, digital technologies and the revolution of social media made a significant contribution to the communication between government and society. During the course the main stages of this transformation will be reviewed, students will be familiarized with different strategies used by civil society for achieving its goals, including coalition building, advocacy and cyber activism. During this course students will learn how the society and the state of Ukraine is changing from the angle of communication.

Lectures

1. Introduction. Communication in the Soviet Union – the system of propaganda. Public activism for independence – dissidents, underground news bulletins, first journalists strikes
2. ‘Orange Revolution’ and First Sights of Cyber-activism
3. How the different pressure groups (HIV+ people, Gender Activists etc.) changed the state policies
4. ‘Maidan’ and Facebook Revolution
5. Volunteering Movement and the State
6. Last Lecture – The future of public activism in Ukraine

Practical exercises:

1. Group discussion on how communication influences accountability
2. Group exercise – development of advocacy plan in favor of vulnerable group
3. Group discussion – new forms of public activism

3 ECTS: Lectures, 12h, obligatory reading, group work and exam
+2 ECTS: an essay of 10-12 pages

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or Ukrainian studies webpage

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Maalis-toukokuussa alkavat intensiivikurssit / Intensive courses beginning in March-May

Gender and citizenship in post-socialist context, 5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place
15.3 Thu 12-14 Topelia, A132, Unioninkatu 38
16.3 Fri 8-10 Unionink. 35, sh113 and 12-14 Topelia, A132, Unioninkatu 38
19.3 Mon 14-18 Topelia, F205
21.3 Wed 16-18 Topelia, F205
23.3 Fri 12-16, Topelia, A132
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Miia Ijäs (UTA), Katja Kahlina (UH), Riikka Taavetti (UH)
Tavoite / Aim Students will become familiar with the key issues when it comes to gender dimension of post-socialist transition. They will learn to analyse the socio-political processes of democratisation, nation-state building, and post-socialist “transition” from gender perspective, and to better grasp the ways in which the intersection between the global and the local and the process of European integration in particular affect gender politics and LGBTIQ rights. The course will also enable students to develop their own position regarding gender and citizenship in the post-socialist Eastern Europe and Russia.

Sisältö / Content

 

Lecture 1: Introduction to the course and its approaches (history, gender studies, Eastern European Studies). Key concepts: gendered citizenship, nationalism, post-socialist / communist / Soviet, transition, LGBT, Central and transition, LGBT, Central and Eastern Europe (naming the region) (all teachers)
Seminar 1: Reading and discussion for Lecture 2.Lecture 2: Women of Solidarity, Men of Democracy. Democratisation process and the change in women’s rights and status. Special focus on Poland, history politics, democratisation, women’s rights, nationalism and religion (Miia Ijäs)
Seminar 2: Reading and discussion for Lecture 3.Lecture 3: Gender at the crossroads between the East and the West. The focus will be on the ways in which the Western concepts and theories, such as feminism and civil society have been adopted and adapted in post-socialist contexts (Katja Kahlina)
Seminar 3: Reading and discussion for Lecture 4.Lecture 4: Using the past to build a nation. Gender and sexuality in Estonian post-Soviet memory politics (Riikka Taavetti)
Seminar 4: Reading and discussion for Lecture 5.Lecture 5: Gender and sexuality in the context of EU integration and Russia’s global re-positioning; all teachers together. Collecting feedback on the course.18 hours of contact teaching (10 hours of lectures and 8 hours of seminar sessions)
Reading material before and finishing the essay after the course
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
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Descriptor Theory of Metaphors and Russian Political Discourse 5 ECTS (UTA)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Tampere
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place
19.3.–23.3.2018
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Anatoly Baranov
Tavoite / Aim In the course main ideas of descriptor theory of metaphors (DTM) are considered. Metalanguage of DTM is presented as an instrument of analysis of public opinion and political thinking through mass-media texts. DTM is used for description and analysis of concrete cases, among which understanding of corruption through metaphors of Russian political discourse and political metaphors as a mark of political crises. The course presupposes that students gain skills for analysis of political texts.
Sisältö / Content Working language of the course will be English. During the course illustrative exercises will be performed by participants. At the end of the course participants will be offered to write an essay on political metaphors and their role in political discourse and political argumentation.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UTA in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information Webpage of UTA

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Nationalism, Conservatism and Biopolitics in Russia and Wider Europe, 5 ECTS (UTA)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Tampere
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 9.4.–13.4.2018
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Alexandra Yatsyk
Tavoite / Aim – Understand contemporary Russian society
– Analyse different social institutions and social structures
– Outline main social actors
– Explain main components of social change
Sisältö / Content

This course proposes a comprehensive and multidisciplinary analysis of the phenomenal appeal of ideas of nationalism, conservatism, and patriotism, usually accompanied by strong nostalgic emotional investments. This shift from a post-Cold War normative order based on principles of liberalism to a growing traction of illiberal, inward-oriented and largely anti-globalist ideas affects the whole West, but is particularly meaningful and consequential for Europe understood in a wider sense, as comprising the EU and countries of common EU-Russia neighbourhood. Of course, the nationalist U-turn takes different cultural, societal and political forms – from the resurgence of far-right parties in many of EU member states to the nostalgic Communism in some of post-Soviet countries, and needs fine-tuned contextualization that the course offers. It contains country-based case studies (Russia; Austria, Sweden and Estonia within the EU; Georgia and Ukraine among Eastern Partnership countries) that leave much room for cross-national comparisons and useful generalizations.

Deploying these cases in a broad spectrum of academic schools and approaches (from British cultural studies to cultural semiotics) each one having its merits, I, in the meantime, more specifically focus on biopolitical interpretations of nationalism, conservatism and patriotism both as concepts and practices that are produced, transferred and consumed as parts of never-ending nation-building mostly in Russia but also referring to post-Soviet countries such as Georgia, Estonia and Ukraine.

The biopolitical lens presupposes actualization of ideas developed, in particular, by Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben, and their extrapolation onto the current political and cultural developments.
The course will take place as an intensive course during spring term 2018, most likely in April.

Teaching will take place in the evening, except on Friday.

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UTA in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
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The Impact of Public Activism on Government Communications in Ukraine, 3-5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

9.-13.4.2018
Mon 9.4. 8:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 7
Tue 10.4. 9:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 11
Wed 11.4. 8:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 18
Thu 12.4. 10:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 11
Fri 13.4. 9:15-11:45 Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecturehall 9

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Dmytro Konyk
Tavoite / Aim

The course aims to explain the role of communication and advocacy in establishing the dialogue between state and society. The specific objectives of the course are listed below.

1. To outline how the advocacy and communication strategies can change the relations between government and society on the example of Ukrainian experience.

2. To identify specific advocacy and communication strategies used by civil society actors for social mobilization

3. To define the role of social media and cyber-activism in changing the political agenda.

Sisältö / Content

The course provides students with an understanding on how public activism is changing the communication policy of Ukrainian government. For 25 years since Ukraine gained its independence a serious shift from Soviet type of communication toward the transparent dialogue between government and public was made. However, these changes were not easy – civil society and public pressure groups made a lot of actions to achieve this. In particular, digital technologies and the revolution of social media made a significant contribution to the communication between government and society. During the course the main stages of this transformation will be reviewed, students will be familiarized with different strategies used by civil society for achieving its goals, including coalition building, advocacy and cyber activism. During this course students will learn how the society and the state of Ukraine is changing from the angle of communication.

Lectures

1. Introduction. Communication in the Soviet Union – the system of propaganda. Public activism for independence – dissidents, underground news bulletins, first journalists strikes
2. ‘Orange Revolution’ and First Sights of Cyber-activism
3. How the different pressure groups (HIV+ people, Gender Activists etc.) changed the state policies
4. ‘Maidan’ and Facebook Revolution
5. Volunteering Movement and the State
6. Last Lecture – The future of public activism in Ukraine

Practical exercises:

1. Group discussion on how communication influences accountability
2. Group exercise – development of advocacy plan in favor of vulnerable group
3. Group discussion – new forms of public activism

3 ECTS: Lectures, 12h, obligatory reading, group work and exam
+2 ECTS: an essay of 10-12 pages

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or Ukrainian studies webpage

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Russia’s nationalities policy and the Finno-Ugrian regions 5 ECTS (UEF)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Eastern Finland
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place 16.4.-20.5.2018
Mon 16.4., 12–14 M110
Mon 16.4., 16–18 M110
Tue 17.4., 12–14 M110
Tue 17.4., 16–18 M110
Wed 18.4., 12–14 M110
Wed 18.4., 16–18 M110
Thu 19.4., 12–14 M110
Thu 19.4., 16–18 M110
Exam 20.4., 12–14 M110
Re-exam 18.5., 10–12 M110
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Konstantin Zamyatin
Tavoite / Aim The course discusses the dynamics of Russia’s nationalities policy with the focus on regional policies. The aim is to assist master students in acquiring a better understanding of ethnic aspects of federal and regional politics in Russia. For the purpose of the case studies, the course examines the situation in the regions titled after the peoples speaking the Finno-Ugric languages. The topics include (1/2) evolution of nationalities policy in post-Soviet Russia / current main policy directions and layers: ethnic federalism, national-cultural autonomy, minority political participation, (3/4) evolution of regional politics through the prism of center-periphery relations / variation in regional ethnic policies, (5/6) Finno-Ugrian studies as a field of area studies / policies across the Finno-Ugric regions, (7/8) development of political situation in the Republic of Mari El / an ethnic conflict in the Republic of Mari El.
Sisältö / Content Lecture 3 ECTS and essey 2 ECTS
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UEF in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information  WebOodi of the University of Eastern Finland

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Post-Soviet Media Today, 5 ECTS (HY)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place Mon 14.5.2018 10- 14, Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 25
Tue 15.5. 10 – 14, Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 25
Wed 16.5. 10 – 14, Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 25
Thu 17.5. 10 – 14, Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 25
Fri 18.5. 10- 14, Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo) lecture hall 25
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Katja Lehtisaari, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus
Tavoite / Aim The course aims to give the students an overview and understanding on the media structures and development in post-Soviet countries after the collapse of Soviet Union, and analytical skills to discuss these. The course concentrates on media in Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus and Baltic countries. The course consists of intensive teaching days, literature based tasks in the Moodle learning environment, preparing a poster presentation in a group, and final essay.
Sisältö / Content The lectures, Moodle tasks based on course literature, student poster presentation and final essay.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of University of Helsinki in WebOodi, muut https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information  Helsinki University Courses

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Muut opintojaksot / Other study units

Tammikuussa alkavat muut opintojaksot / Other study units beginning in January

Graduseminaari / Thesis seminar 2-4 op (HY)

Järjestäjä / Organizer Helsingin yliopsto / Aleksanteri-instituutti
Aika ja paikka / Time and Place  Aleksanteri-instituutti
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)  Katri Pynnöniemi ja Katalin Miklóssy
Tavoite / Aim Poikkitieteellinen seminaari lopputyötään tekeville. / Interdisciplinary seminar for students working on their thesis.
Sisältö / Content  Lisätietoja suomeksi / More info in English
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration 20.12.2017 mennessä / By 20.12.2017 https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html
Lisätietoa / More information Please contact our coordinator Hanna Peltonen (hanna.o.peltonen@helsinki.fi) if your thesis/working language is English.
Lisätietoja suomeksi / More info in English

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Seminar in East-West Business, 8 ECTS (UVA)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Vaasa
Aika ja paikka / Time and place 3rd and 4th period
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Jorma Larimo
Tavoite / Aim To increase and broaden knowledge of various aspect related to East-West business through own seminar work and presentations by others.
Sisältö / Content 4 hours introduction to the topic. 2 + 2 hours of seminar session for each student attending the course (2 hours presentation of the research proposal; 2 hours for the presentation of the final study). Research paper (20-30 pages) and opponent working. At least 80% attendance on the seminar lectures and acting as an opponent.Each student writes an individual report on the subject depending on agreed topic on East-West business. The report can be related to marketing, management or business law.
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of UVA in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information East West Business Studies

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Webcourse: Migration and Mobility in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, 3/5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and place 16.1.-5.5.2018
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Julia Gerlach
Tavoite / Aim Migration and mobility is a complex and dynamic field which has been studied from various disciplinary perspectives including anthropology, cultural studies, economics, geography, political science and sociology, and also with interdisciplinary aspirations. Migration and mobility reflect both a product and an indicator of social change. Central and Eastern Europe as well as the territory that formerly comprised the Soviet Union have been ‘on the move’ for several decades. Regional migration trends after 1989/1991 have been strongly influenced by multiple coexisting and intersecting public cultures including shared statehood histories (legacies), the emergence of newly independent republics (nation-building and nationalization) and these states entering both the regional and global arena, and regional and international markets in-the-making (regionalisation, globalization and denationalisation). This online course aims to provide a sound overview of the phenomena of migration and mobility in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union with a special focus on region-specific migration and mobility patterns (labor, conflict, return and repatriation, and movements to cities and growth poles) as well as on the impact on both individual and collective levels.

Sisältö / Content

 

The online course consists of four parts, subdivided into ten sessions. All sessions offer comparative perspectives on the complex phenomena of migration and mobility. In order to allow students to focus on their region of study, they can choose for every session whether to analyze a case in Central and Eastern Europe, or in the territory that formerly comprised the Soviet Union. The online course offers different discussion forums dedicated to the different cases. However, all students have access to all materials and discussion forums which allows them to gain a broader overview.
PART I: Introduction and Approaches to Migration and Mobility
1. A region ‘on the move’: Migration and mobility in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
2. Approaches to phenomena of migration and migration theory
3. Approaches to phenomena of mobility and mobility theoryPART II: Migration and Mobility Patterns
4. Labor-related migration and mobility
Cases: Tajikistan, Moldova, Poland, Lithuania
5. Conflict-induced displacement
Cases: BiH, Chechnya, Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine
6. Return and repatriation
Cases: Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
7. Movements from rural areas and small towns to cities and growth poles
Cases: Out-migration: Southern Kyrgyzstan, Stara Planina (Serbia). In-migration: Moscow, TallinnPART III: Impact of Migration and Mobility
8. Managing diversity: Between xenophobia and integration
9. Emotions and imaginationsPART IV: Summary and Outlook
10. Migration and mobility: Concluding remarks and open questions
Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 20.12.2017.
Lisätietoa / More information

Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or IKEBB webpage

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Maaliskuussa alkavat muut opintojaksot / Other study units beginning in March

Webcourse: Belarus Between East and West, 3-5 ECTS (UH)

Järjestäjä / Organizer University of Helsinki
Aika ja paikka / Time and place 15.3.-2.5.2018
Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Anais Marin
Tavoite / Aim Belarus is often seen as an object rather than a subject of international relations (IR). Although it is tightly dependent on Russia, a priority vector of its foreign policy, the population and the regime now share an interest in improving relations with the West, esp. the EU. Just how autonomous can Belarus’s foreign policy be remains an open question. The course aims at giving students the background (historical) knowledge, conceptual keys and factual data needed for addressing it.
Sisältö / Content

Unit 1. Introduction. Where is Belarus? insights from geography, topography and toponymy (incl. familiarisation with Belarusian spelling and transliteration rules)

Unit 2. Conflicting historiographies I. Belarus as part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: historical overview, contemporary debates and nationalist claims since the “rediscovery” of this European past

Unit 3. Conflicting historiographies II. Belarus in the Russian-Soviet historical matrix. Highlights of Byelorussian (Soviet) history, myth-making and contemporary discourses on Slavic brotherhood

Unit 4. Early steps towards democracy and a possible “return” to the West (1980s-1994): why did they fail? Context, actors and vectors of (failed) democratisation/Europeanisation in post-independence Belarus

Unit 5. Lukashenka’s foreign policy priorities (1996-2016): authoritarian regime-survival… and making Moscow pay for it “in nature” – the specifics of Belarus-Russia relations until today

Unit 6. Belarus’s “self-isolation” from the West? EU/US coercive policies vs. the Lukashenka regime: why did they fail to trigger democratic change?

Unit 7. The few options of small states in IR. Lukashenka’s “geopolitical shopping” between Moscow and the West: 20 years of successful “dictaplomatic” blackmail

Unit 8. Where does Belarus stand today? An update on Belarus’s “multi-vector” foreign policy, its participation in the Eurasian Economic Union and prospects for future cooperation with the EU (Eastern Partnership)

3 ECTS: Eight web lectures, obligatory reading, and an essay of 5-7 pages

5 ECTS: Eight web lectures, obligatory reading, and an essay of 10-12 pages

Ilmoittautuminen / Registration Students of university of Helsinki in WebOodi, others https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/16275/lomake.html by 1.3.2018.
Lisätietoa / More information

Minna Oroza (minna.oroza(a)helsinki.fi) or Ukraina webpage

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