East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies

The East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies (ECEBB) is a multidisciplinary subject founded on the cooperation of several departments and units of the University of Helsinki. The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge base in order to deepen their understanding of the recent history and current societies of the East Central European, Balkan and Baltic regions. You can focus on either a single country or region, or alternatively, approach the whole ECEBB from a thematic angle, be it history, culture, political development or environmental issues.

ECEBB studies can constitute a degree in the University of Helsinki's Bachelor’s programme in Cultural Studies and the Master’s programme in Area and Cultural Studies, or they can be included in your degree as study modules (KUKA-IK500 15 ECTS or ALKU-IK530 30 ECTS). You can also include our courses in the Master’s programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) and the Master’s programme in European and Nordic Studies (ENS). The Aleksanteri Institute is responsible for the administration and coordination of the studies.

Every degree student and exchange student of the University of Helsinki has the right to take the ECEBB study programme. Students of the Aleksanteri Institute Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies (ExpREES) can take ECEBB courses that are included in the ExpREES teaching programme.

Students outside the University of Helsinki may apply for the right to partake in ECEBB Studies through the Flexible Study-Right Scheme (JOO). All Finland’s universities are signatories to the JOO agreement, which gives undergraduate and postgraduate students the chance to include studies from other Finnish universities in their degrees. The flexible study right for the ECEBB studies can be applied through the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. Further information about JOO

Master’s or Bachelor’s degree holders that hold are not subscribed to any university can apply the right to take ECEBB Studies as non-degree studies: this refers to the possibility of taking completing specific courses in order to upgrade professional qualifications. Further information about non-degree studies

Please note that the teaching programme might be subject to changes and additions, so it is advisable to check course-specific information before the start of the course.

Autumn 2018

Anti-gender equality mobilizations in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) (ALKU-IK531, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E318, ALKU-E319, ExpREES, SPT-377, and SPT-378 & ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization course), I period

Green Autocracies? Nature-Society Relationships in USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK531, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E319, ALKU-E320, ExpREES, ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses), I period

Post-communist Transformations in CEE (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E319, ALKU-E320, ExpREES, ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses), I period

A Good Idea at the Time? A History of Yugoslavia (ALKU-IK532, KUKA-IK507, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E317, ENS-338, ExpREES, ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses, HISK-222), II period

Historical roots of the contemporary conflicts in the Balkans (KUKA-IK507, KUKA-IK508, ALKU-E313, ENS-316, ENS-338, ExpREES, ENS-515/525 specialization courses, HISK-222), web course, II period

Digital text analysis in Russian and East European studies (ALKU-IK533, KIK-UK105, ExpREES, ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses), web course & workshop, II period
NB: web lectures start already on week 43

Polish anti-liberal turn - how does it perform? (ALKU-IK532, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E320, ExpREES, ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses), II period

Spring 2019

Historical Symbolism and Political Practices in Russia and Poland (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-304, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E317, KUKA-AL213, KUKA-IK505) two-week intensive course, III period

Nationalism and culture in the Western Balkans (KUKA-IK507), III period
The course can also be accepted as: KUKA-IK508, ExpREES optional studies, ENS-316, ENS-338 & ENS-515 and ENS-525 specialization courses

Religion and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK531, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E320,  ExpREES, KUKA-US208: 5 ECTS required, ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses), web course, III-IV period

Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe: Past and Present (ALKU-IK533, KIK-UK105, KUKA-IK506, KUKA-IK508, ALKU-E317, ALKU-E320, ExpREES, ENS-314, ENS-316,  & ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses), IV period

Strategic Culture and Russian Neighbourhood (ALKU-IK531, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E320, ExpREES, ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses), IV period

Eastern Europe and the Balkans between European Ties and Russia (KUKA-IK508, KUKA-IK503, KUKA-AL218, ALKU-E313, ExpREES, ENS-316, ENS-515 and ENS-525 specialization course), IV period

Hip Hop East (KUKA-IK507, KIK-UK104, KUKA-IK503, KUKA-AL217, ALKU-E313, ExpREES, ENS-338, ENS-515 and ENS-525 specialization courses), IV period

Sites and manifestations of popular music in the context of Estonian cultural history (KUKA-IK509, KUKA-AL217, TTK-MU230, TTM-MU320, ENS-338, ENS-515 and ENS-525 specialization courses, ExpREES) one-week intensive course, May intensive period

Queer/Women in East and Central European Cinema (Culture and Politics of LGBT) (ALKU-IK532, KUKA-505, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E315, ALKU-E318, ALKU-E319, TTK-EL260, SPT-377, SPT-378, ExpREES, ENS-515/525 and ENS-H300/S300 specialization courses), one-week intensive course, May intensive period

Old teaching programmes

Teaching programme of the academic year 2006 - 2007 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2007 - 2008 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2008 - 2009 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2009 - 2010 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2010 - 2011 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2011 - 2012 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2012 - 2013 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2013 - 2014 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2014 - 2015 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2015 - 2016 (pdf-file)
Teaching programme of the academic year 2016 - 2017 (pdf-file)

Degree requirements can be found in WebOodi course catalogues. Please note that only the programme and study unit titles are in English and the more precise descriptions are in Finnish. Please turn to ECEBB Planning Officer if you have questions concerning the degree requirements.

New study programmes starting from Autumn 2017

In the new study programmes starting in Autumun 2017 you can specialize in ECEBB in Bachelor’s Programme in Cultural Studies and the Master’s Programme in Area and Cultural Studies. ECEBB can also be taken as two study modules, ECEBB I (30 ECTS) and ECEBB II (15 ECTS). You can find more information in the WebOodi course catalogues of the respective programmes:

WebOodi front page > Instruction/Courses > Course catalogues > Faculty of Arts > Bachelor's Programme in Cultural Studies > Structure of degree > Area and Cultural Studies (180 cr)

WebOodi front page > Instruction/Courses > Course catalogues > Faculty of Arts > Master's Programme in Area and Cultural Studies > Structure of degree > Master's Programme in Area and Cultural Studies (120 cr), European cultures Track

ECEBB I study module:
WebOodi front page > Instruction/Courses > Course catalogues > Faculty of Arts > Bachelor's Programme in Cultural Studies > Study blocks > KUKA-IK500 Study Module in East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies I, 30 cr

ECEBB II study module:
WebOodi front page > Instruction/Courses > Course catalogues > Faculty of Arts > Master's Programme in Area and Cultural Studies > Structure of degree > Courses outside degree structures > ALKU-IK530 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies II, 15 cr

Old system degree requirements until 31.7.2020

In the old system you ECEBB can be studied as a minor subject consisting of basic, intermediate and advanced studies or as a major subject, as an own branch of the Area and Cultural Studies.

ECEBB AS A MAJOR SUBJECT

WebOodi front page > Instruction/Courses > Course catalogues > Faculty of Arts > The old subjects at the Faculty of Arts  > Area and Cultural Studies, East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Line of Studies > Structure of degree:

> Bachelor of Arts, Area and Cultural Studies, East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Line of Studies (180 cr)

> Master of Arts, Area and Cultural Studies, East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Line of Studies (120 cr)

ECEBB AS A MINOR SUBJECT

WebOodi front page > Instruction/Courses > Course catalogues > Faculty of Arts > The old subjects at the Faculty of Arts > Area and Cultural Studies, East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Line of Studies > Study blocks (see also Study units sheet):

> 94301 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, Basic Studies (XIK100), 25 cr

> 94304 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, Intermediate Studies (XIK200), 35 cr

> 405408 Area and Cultural Studies, East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Line of Studies, Advanced Studies for Minor Subject Student (XAK300IS), 60 cr

Old degree requirements

Degree requirements for the academic year 2006–2007 (pdf-file)
Degree requirements for the academic years 2007–2009 (pdf-file)
Degree requirements for the academic years 2009–2011 (pdf-file)
Degree requirements for the academic years 2011–2012, major subject (WebOodi)
Degree requirements for the academic years 2011–2012, minor subject (WebOodi: basic and subject studies, advanced studies)
Degree requirements for the academic years 2012–2013, major subject (WebOodi)
Degree requirements for the academic years 2012–2013, minor subject (WebOodi: basic and intermediate studies, advanced studies)
Degree requirements for the academic years 2013–2014, major subject (WebOodi)
Degree requirements for the academic years 2013–2014, minor subject (WebOodi: basic and intermediate studies, advanced studies)
Degree requirements 2014–2015, major subject
Degree requirements 2014–2015, minor subject (basic and intermediate studies, advanced studies)

Instructions for students

Instructions and forms concerning ECEBB Studies on bachelor level can be found in Instructions for students by choosing Bachelor’s Programme in Cultural Studies as the degree programme, and for master level studies by choosing Master’s Programme in Area and Cultural Studies. Director of Educational Programs Jouni Järvinen (see Contact information for staff) grants overall grades for the ECEBB Studies, and is responsible for recognition of credits completed elsewhere, for example during exchange studies.

Studying abroad

You can apply for exchange in ECEBB countries via Eramus or Norplus programmes, or via University of Helsinki bilateral agreements.

Many universities organise short courses and summer courses for foreign students. You can look for information on intensive courses at universities' websites.

International Autumn School is organized jointly by University of Helsinki Aleksanteri Institute, University of Tartu Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies and Freie Universität Berlin Institute for East European Studies. Autumn School is organized yearly since 2012, alternately in Berlin, Tartu and Helsinki.

You can now apply to the "Thirty Years without the Wall: Edges of a Borderless Europe" Autumn School that will be organized in Tartu and Narva 16.-21.9. Deadline for applications is 26.6.2019. More info and application instructions:

 

 

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Director of Educational Program Jouni Järvinen

Planning Officer Minna Oroza

In Planning group also:

  • Emma Hakala, Senior Research Fellow - Global Security research programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
  • Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä
  • Suvi Kansikas, Post-doctoral researcher, Centre for European Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Helena Lehečková, Adjunct professor, University lecturer, Department of languages, University of Helsinki
  • Katalin Miklóssy, University lecturer, Aleksanteri-institute, University of Helsinki

Student representation:

  • We are looking for new student members, information concerning the new members will be updated here most probably during Autumn 2018.

The planning group supports pedagogical planning and development and participates to long-term strategic development of the ECEBB Studies. The planning group consists of researchers/teachers and two student members.

Departments and research institutes

Please find below a list of university departments and research centres which conduct teaching and/or research concerning the ECEBB region.

EAST CENTRAL EUROPE

BALKANS

BALTIC STATES

OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

NORTH AMERICA

ASIA & AUSTRALIA

Friendship societies

BALTIC STATES

EAST CENTRAL EUROPE

BALKANS

NB: The friendship societies' websites are mostly in Finnish. Please see for more friendship societies in Finnish.

Other interesting links