The Eastern angle is conceived spatially from two main aspects. The Eastern group of the EU, consisting of post-communist countries, is distinguished and investigated from the point of view of their success and failure in their development. The second aspect is the conception of the Eastern neighbourhood, its relevance and impact for the EU. The module is built up around three different but closely interlinked themes, delivered by intensive courses:
1) Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of the Eastern Enlargement;
2) Eastern Members of the EU; and
3) Eastern Neighbourhood.
The central questions that all three themes elaborate are
- How the ‘East’ and the ‘West’ are constructed and what are the ever-fluctuating boundaries between them; and
- How change and continuity can be detected in the societal development within the region and as a consequence of interaction with the EU and other regional powers?