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 2019

The Cold War: a history through sports (ALKU-IK533, KUKA-IK505, KUKA-IK507, KUKA-IK509, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E320, HISK-223, ExpREES), I period

The Growth of Populism in Central Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E320, KUKA-IK506, KUKA-IK508, KUKA-IK510, KUKA-AL218, ExpREES), I period

Environmentalism under Authoritarian Regimes in the USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe (YMV-T516, ALKU-IK533, KUKA-IK506, KUKA-IK508, KUKA-IK510, HISK-224, ExpREES), I period

(History of Bulgaria (KUKA-IK507, ALKU-E320, HISK-222, ExpREES), II period) Cancelled

Spring 2020

(EU's eastern enlargements (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-IK531, ALKU-E313, ExpREES), III period) Cancelled

Gender and sexuality in the making of new Europe (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E318, KUKA-AL219, PVM-P309, SPT-377, SPT-378, ExpREES), III period

(Post)colonial Balkans and Baltics (ALKU-IK532, ALKU-E319, ExpREES), III period

Mobilities and Migration in Central and Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK531, ALKU-E319, ALKU-E320, KIK-UK105, ExpREES), III-IV period, web course

History of Technology and Economy of East-central- and Southeast Europe (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E313, KUKA-IK505, KUKA-IK507, KUKA-AL213, HISK-225, ExpREES), III-IV period, web course

Environmental awareness and waste recycling in Russia: Innovation workshops with Sustainable Business Model Canvas (ALKU-IK533, Ukrainian Studies, ExpREES) III-IV period, intensive week in St. Petersburg 1.-6.3.20

Geopolitical imaginaries around the Baltic Sea (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E319, ExpREES), IV period

Change and Continuity: Challenges of Historical Interpretation of Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK531, ALKU-E317, KUKA-AL213, ExpREES), IV period

Post-Soviet Lithuania: memory, trauma and social development (KUKA-IK509, KUKA-AL213, ALKU-IK533, ExpREES), IV period

Jazz in former Eastern Europe (ALKU-IK533, ALKU-E315, KUKA-IK505, KUKA-IK507, KUKA-IK509, ExpREES), 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 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.

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.

 

 

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In questions concerning the content of the list, please turn to ECEBB Planning Officer

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