Students in the MA in East European Studies choose one of five core disciplines as their area of specialization for the duration of their study program. They may also attend seminars from other disciplines.
Teaching and research in this field encompasses 1) foundations of the history of Eastern and East-Central Europe, 2) development of the historico-cultural landscape of East-Central Europe under consideration of Poland’s specific historical and cultural context as well as 3) history of Russia and the Soviet Union. The course focusses on national constructivism and processes of nation building, multiethnicity and transcultural interrelatedness as well as contemporary social, political, economic and cultural projects in Eastern and East-Central Europe. Approaches from social and cultural history are central, with extensions from more recent research fields on the history of discourse, mentalities, images and media.
Teaching covers indispensable historico-cultural knowledge and methodology from cultural and literary sciences necessary to understand Eastern Europe and the intended process of European convergence. These are also the foundations of successful intercultural communication. Individual regional and national cultural units as well as “Eastern Europe” as a historically dynamic and changing geo-cultural concept are the focus of the course. The analysis of aesthetic methods and art forms in the age of mass media is central to this. This is intended to generate awareness for the diversity of artistic practices as well as the variety of European historical and cultural patterns.
Teaching aims to equip students with the ability to critically analyze symbolically delivered forms of communication and their medial contexts. Through comparative research of artistic and everyday cultural practices in Eastern European, technical media of reproduction and distribution (such as photography, film, television, internet) as well as traditional art forms (such as literature and visual art) are analyzed. Particular consideration is given to the role of culture in processes of identity definition in modern Eastern European societies in the context of globalization.
Eastern Europe faces considerable governance challenges following the transformations of the past twenty years. In particular, national political regulation must reflect and integrate a greater range of interests than before. Changes in the European and global environment (globalization, transformation of state systems, EU expansion) make this all the more challenging. These factors all influence developments in Eastern Europe, just as changes within the region have outside effects.
Teaching and research in politics covers these main topics. The political, politico- and socio-economic transformations in Eastern Europe before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the former Eastern Bloc are analyzed from empirical, methodological and theoretical perspectives. Inter- and transnational relations in Eastern Europe are equally considered in teaching and research. The theoretical perspective is largely derived from a (neo-) institutional approach.
Since 2018, it is no longer possible to specialize in law. However, courses in law can be taken in the interdisciplinary area, if approved by the respective module manager.
Teaching and research in the working group focuses on the comparative analysis of the interrelatedness of social and economic transformations. Core topics include forms of post-socialist capitalism and its actors, firms, markets and welfare states as well as issues concerning labor, employment and social inequality. Eastern European topics are analyzed within a pan-European framework.
Students in the MA in EES-Politics and MA in EES-Sociology programs may attend courses from related master’s programs at Freie Universität Berlin as well as in the context of the Berlin-Brandenburg University Cooperation Agreement.
The working group analyzes conditions of successful economic development in the successor states to the Soviet Union as well as Eastern-Central and Southeast Europe. Therefore, teaching primarily covers comparative economic systems and political economy. Institutional and regional characteristics of Eastern European economies are analyzed from a game theoretic as well an empirical perspective.
Students of the MA in EES-Economics may attend courses at both the Institute for Economic History, part of the Faculty for Economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the subject group Economic and Infrastructure Policy, part of the Faculty for Economics and Management at the Technical University of Berlin.