East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies

At the Aleksanteri Institute East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies (ECEBB) you can take multidisciplinary area studies in 15, 30 45 credit modules according to your needs. You can have study guidance for thesis writing and planning of your studies. You can specialize in the ECEBB area in the Bachelor’s programme in Cultural Studies and the Master’s programme in Area and Cultural Studies, as well as in the Master’s programme in European and Nordic Studies (ENS).

ECEBB studies 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. ECEBB is suitable for all students who wish to become experts on the East Central European, Balkan and Baltic region.

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 2020

All autumn term courses will take place online.

The Growth of Populism in Central Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-IK531, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E313), I period

Society with the Past - recent struggles with memories in Polish cinema (ALKU-IK533, KUKA-IK505, ALKU-E317, ALKU-E313, TTK-EL260), I period

A Good Idea at the Time? A History of Yugoslavia (ALKU-IK532, KUKA-IK507, ALKU-E313), I period

Mobilities and Migration in Central and Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK531, ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E319, ALKU-E320, ALKU-E313, KUKA-UK502, KUKA-UK503), I-II period

Conspiracy theories and illiberalism in Central Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-IK531, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E313), II period

Bilateral disputes in the Balkans (KUKA-IK508, KUKA-IK507, KUKA-AL218), II period

Ukrainian-Polish relations: history, politics, culture, law (KUKA-UK503, ALKU-IK532, KUKA-IK505, KUKA-IK506), II period

 

Spring 2021

Spring term course pages will be updated in August-September.

Geopolitical struggles in Eastern Europe: East, West and the In-between (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-IK531, ALKU-E322, ALKU-E313, KUKA-UK502, KUKA-UK503), III period

The multiple effects of the Ukrainian crises in Ukraine and the region (KUKA-UK502, KUKA-UK503, KUKA-IK506, KUKA-IK508), III period

Jews in Poland (KUKA-IK505, HISK-222, KUKA-US208, TUK-2502, KUKA-US217, TUM-S3215),web course, III-IV period

History of the Environment and Technology in Russia and  Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK533,ALKU-E313,KUKA-IK505,KUKA-IK507,KUKA-AL213,ALKU-EH512,ALKU-EH513, ALKU-EH514,ALKU-EH515), web course, III-IV period

Post-Communist Nostalgia in the Balkans: Literature, Culture, Politics (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-IK531, KUKA-IK507, ALKU-E316, ALKU-E313), two-week intensive course, IV period

Current trends of politicized media in Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK531, ALKU-IK533, KUKA-IK506, ALKU-E315, ALKU-E313, KUKA-AL217), IV period

Literacy in the Balkans (KUKA-IK508, KUKA-IK507), IV period

History of Bulgaria (KUKA-IK507, KUKA-IK508), IV period

Memory Studies meets International Relations: The Case of Ukraine and Eastern Europe (KUKA-UK503, KUKA-UK502, ALKU-E317, KUKA-IK506, KUKA-IK508, KUKA-IK510, ALKU-IK533), IV period

Jazz in former Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E315, KUKA-IK505, KUKA-IK507, KUKA-IK509, TTK-MU247), one-week intensive course, May intensive period

Old teaching programmes

For older teaching programmes starting from the academic year 2006-2007, please turn to ECEBB Planning Officer. 2019-2020 programme will be updated here soon.

The Aleksanteri Institute coordinates the ECEBB study modules in cooperation with the Bachelor’s programme in Cultural studies (KUKA) and the Master’s programme in Area and cultural studies (ALKU).

Teaching plans 2020-2023

Starting from August 1, 2020, the ECEBB study modules can be taken as follows:

  • KUKA-IK520 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, study module I (15 cr), OR KUKA-IK500 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, study module II (30 cr)
  • ALKU-IK530 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic specialization studies (15 cr)

Study modules can be found in SISU starting from August – September 2020.

Teaching plans 2017-2020 (until 31.7.2021)

ECEBB study modules can be taken as follows until July 31, 2021:

  • KUKA-IK500 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, study module I, 30 cr
  • ALKU-IK530 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, study module II, 15 cr

Study modules can be found in WebOodi in the Bachelor’s Programme for Cultural studies study blocks, and the Master’s Programme in Area and cultural studies structure of degree (see courses outside degree structure).

Old system degree requirements (until 18.12.2020)

ECEBB study modules can be taken as follows until 18.12.2020:

  • 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

Study modules can be found in WebOodi under the old subjects of Faculty of Arts, Area and Cultural Studies, East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Line of Studies.

You can check correlation of the old degree requirement study units, and the new teaching plan study unit from the table below. The table is regrettably in Finnish, please turn to ECEBB planning officer if you have questions.

ECEBB has been a major subject option in the following BA and MA study programmes:

  • 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)

Degree structures can be found in WebOodi old subjects at the faculty of Arts, Area and Cultural Studies, East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Line of Studies.

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 Research staff and experts) grants overall grades for the ECEBB Studies, and is responsible for recognition of credits completed elsewhere, for example during exchange studies.

You can apply for exchange in ECEBB countries via Erasmus 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.

University of Helsinki International Exchange Services: Short courses and summer courses abroad

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. Call for applications is organised yearly in May-June, and the one-week Autumn School takes place in September or October.

Unfortunately the 2020 Autumn School is cancelled due to the corona pandemic. Hopefully the Autumn School can be organised in 2021.

 

 

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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
  • Juulia Heikkinen, Student, World Politics, Master’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication

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