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Central and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European other?

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)


This course is aimed at those who want to understand why the division between East and West still is important in different European contexts. The course highlights the historical, cultural, political and socio-economic perspectives that explain how different concepts of Central and Eastern Europe have been constructed historically and why Central and Eastern Europe is still sometimes constructed as being either inside or outside Europe.


The course highlights how Central and Eastern Europe, and the conceptual boundaries, have been constructed historically. We discuss how the concept of Europe is sometimes used to "differentiate" parts of Central and Eastern Europe. You will learn about Central and Eastern Europe as a geopolitical region and its cultural, political, economic and social cleavages. The course also provides an overview of the historical and contemporary cultural development in the region. The multi-disciplinary approach offers insights from different aspects and experiences within European Studies.

Prerequisites and selection


For admission to the course a minimum of 90 credits in completed and progressing courses, in one of the following subjects is required: European Studies Economic History, Business administration, History, History of Ideas, Human Geography, Economics, International Relations, Sociology Social Work, Political Science, Public Administration, Cultural Science, Philosophy, Religion, Linguistics, Literature, Languages or equivalent. Additional requirements are, 60 credits in completed courses in other Social Science and Humanities subjects, or equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

After graduation

After studying this course, you will be able to understand the historical and contemporary developments that have taken place in Central and Eastern Europe. You will have developed a critical approach to important theories, principles and concepts from the interdisciplinary research field in Central and Eastern European Studies and have an overview of the research field.


The Department of Political Science is located in Campus Haga, which lies right in the centre of the city of Gothenburg.

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