East Central European, Southeast European and Baltic Studies

At the Aleksanteri Institute East Central European, Southeast European and Baltic Studies (ESEB) you can take master level multidisciplinary area studies up to two 15 credit modules according to your needs.

You can have study guidance for thesis writing and planning of your studies. You can specialize in the ESEB area in the the Master’s programme in Area and Cultural Studies, as well as in the Master’s programme in European and Nordic Studies (ENS).

ESEB 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, Southeast European and Baltic regions. ESEB is suitable for all students who wish to become experts on the East Central European, Southeast European and Baltic region.

Prospective students

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

Students outside the University of Helsinki may apply for the right to partake in ESEB 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 ESEB studies can be applied through the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. Further information about JOO

Courses in English

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. You can find course descriptions and registration links at the course pages.

Autumn 2023

Politics in Poland (REE-532, REE-541, REE-543, ExpREES), course page, I period, online course

Yiddish Women Writers' Voice in East European Tales (REE-531, REE-543, REE-535, REE-551, ExpREES), course page, I period, online course

Spatial History of Nineteenth-Century East Central Europe, (REE-532, REE-543, REE-542, REE-551, REE-535, ExpREES), course page, I period

Black Sea Past and Present Challenges of a Geopolitical Crossroad (REE-542, REE-543, REE-541, REE-543, ExpREES), course page, I period

An Imperial History of the Soviet Union (REE-521, REE-522, REE-523, REE-524, ENS-320, ExpREES, REE-535, REE-551), course page, I period

Gulag and Beyond, exploring Eastern European societies through incarceration (REE-522, REE-521, REE-523, REE-524, ExpREES, REE-533, REE-543), course page, I period

Romanian Literature and Culture (KIK-RO115, REE-531, REE-533), course page, I-II period

Politicized Media in Eastern Europe and its Impact on Public Opinion (REE-532, REE-541, REE-543, REE-552, ExpREES), course page, II period

(Political and social transformation in the Balkans after the dissolution of Yugoslavia (REE-534, REE-533, REE-543, ExpREES), course page, II period) CANCELLED

 

Spring 2024

Jazz in Soviet Union: culture, music and changing political tolerance (REE-535, REE-543, ExpREES, TTK-MU251, TTK-MU252, TTK-MU253, TTM-MU351, TTM-MU352,TTM-MU353), course page, III period, online course

Anti-gender politics in Eastern Europe and beyond (REE-542, SPT-375, SPT-377, SPT-378, ALKU-E318, ALKU-E313, ExpREES, REE-541, REE-543, REE-552), course page, III period

Nuclear Narratives in the East Central European Context (REE-543, REE-532, REE-534, REE- 536  REE-541, REE-553, ExpREES), course page, III period

Czech Fictional Literature (KIK-CS113, REE-531), kurssisivu, III periodi, teaching language: Czech

Pisanie po polsku 2 (KIK-PL224, REE-531), course page, III-IV periodi, teaching languages: English and Polish

Romanian History and Society (KIK-RO116, REE-531, REE-533), course page, III-IV period

Special Course (KIK-LV224, KIM-SB305, REE-535), course page, III-IV period, teaching language: Latvian

(Communism and transition to democracy in the Balkans (REE-533, REE-534, REE-542, ExpREES), course page, IV period, online course) CANCELLED

Central Asian politics and societies from the Soviet era until today (REE-542, REE-541, REE-543, ExpREES), course page, IV period, hybrid course

Geopolitical theories and the place of Central and Eastern Europe in the modern world order (REE-532, REE-534, REE-536, REE-541, REE-542, REE-543, REE-552, ExpREES), course page, IV period, online course

Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis for Students of Area Studies and Social Studies (REE-521, ExpREES, REE-543), course page, IV period

Gender (In)Equality in Russia and Eastern Europe: Gender, Feminism and Society (REE-523, ExpREES, REE-541, REE-543, REE-532, REE-534, REE-536, REE-552), course page, IV period

 

Old teaching programmes

For older teaching programmes starting from the academic year 2006-2007, please turn to ESEB Planning Officer.

Curriculum

Curriculum 2020-2023

The Aleksanteri Institute coordinated the following 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) in 2020-2023:

  • 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)

Please find below study modules with required study units:

KUKA-IK520 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies I (15 cr)

Compulsory: 

  • KUKA-IK503 Bases for ECEBB Region's Social and Cultural Studies (5 cr)

Select 10 cr:

  • KUKA-IK505 East Central European Culture and History (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK506 East Central European Society and Politics (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK507 South East European Culture and History (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK508 South East European Society and Politics (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK509 Baltic Culture and History (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK510 Baltic Society and Politics (5 cr)

OR

KUKA-IK500 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies II (30 cr)

Compulsory:

  • KUKA-IK503 IKEBB-alueen yhteiskuntien ja kulttuurien tutkimuksen lähtökohtia (5 cr)

Select 25 cr:

  • KUKA-IK505 East Central European Culture and History (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK506 East Central European Society and Politics (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK507 South East European Culture and History (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK508 South East European Society and Politics (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK509 Baltic Culture and History (5 cr)
  • KUKA-IK510 Baltic Society and Politics (5 cr)

 

IN ADDITION:

ALKU-IK530 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, specialization studies (15 cr)

  • ALKU-IK531 Contemporary questions in ECEBB studies (5 cr)
  • ALKU-IK532 ECEBB region as a part of Europe (5 cr)
  • ALKU-IK533 Specialization studies in ECEBB studies (5 cr)

 

Curriculum 2023-2026

Startig from 1.8.2023 the ESEB study modules (REE-530, 15 cr and REE-540, 15 cr) will be organised within the  Master´s Programme in Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies (MAREEES). You can see the equivalencies of the 2020-2023 and the 2023-2026 curricula in the table below.

  Curriculum 2020-2023     Curriculum 2023-2026    
Code Module or unit name Cr Code Module or unit name Cr Responsible teacher
KUKA-IK520

East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies I

15

REE-530

East Central European, Southeast European and Baltic Studies

15 Jouni Järvinen
KUKA-IK503 Bases for ECEBB Region's Social and Cultural Studies 5   Not available    
KUKA-IK505 East Central European Culture and History 5 REE-531 East Central European Culture and History 5  
KUKA-IK506 East Central European Society and Politics 5 REE-532 East Central European Society and Politics 5  
KUKA-IK507 Southeast European Culture and History 5 REE-533 Southeast European Culture and History 5  
KUKA-IK508 Southeast European Society and Politics 5 REE-534 Southeast European Society and Politics 5  
KUKA-IK509 Baltic Culture and History 5 REE-535 Baltic Culture and History 5  
KUKA-IK510 Baltic Society and Politics 5 REE-536 Baltic Society and Politics 5  
             
KUKA-IK500 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies II 30   Not available   Jouni Järvinen
KUKA-IK503 Bases for ECEBB Region's Social and Cultural Studies 5        
KUKA-IK505 East Central European Culture and History 5        
KUKA-IK506 East Central European Society and Politics 5        
KUKA-IK507 South East European Culture and History 5        
KUKA-IK508 South East European Society and Politics 5        
KUKA-IK509 Baltic Culture and History 5        
KUKA-IK510 Baltic Society and Politics 5        
             
ALKU-IK530 East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies, specialization studies 15 REE-540

East Central European, Southeast European and Baltic Studies, Specialization Studies

15 jouni Järvinen
ALKU-IK531 Contemporary questions in ECEBB studies 5 REE-541 Contemporary questions in ESEB studies 5  
ALKU-IK532 ECEBB region as a part of Europe 5 REE-542 ESEB region as a part of Europe 5  
ALKU-IK533 Specialization studies in ECEBB studies 5 REE-543 Specialization studies in ESEB studies 5  

 

Completion of studies

Instructions concerning ESEB Studies in Instructions for students by choosing Master´s Programme in Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European 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.

Studying abroad

You can apply for exchange in ESEB 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

Mailing list

The Ikebb-ecebb-info mailing list is an information channel for the ESEB study programme and the region in question. Information and comments on new publications, seminars, education possibilities, funding options etc, relating to ESEB are welcome on the list.

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Staff and Planning group

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, University lecturer, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Katalin Miklóssy, University lecturer, Aleksanteri-institute, University of Helsinki
  • Mila Oiva, Senior Research Fellow CUDAN Open Lab, School of Humanities, Tallinn University
  • Juulia Heikkinen, Student, Master’s Programme in European and Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Elli Luukkainen, Student, Slavonic languages and literatures, Master's Programme in Languages, University of Helsinki

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

Links

Departments and research institutes

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

EAST CENTRAL EUROPE

SOUTHEAST EUROPE

BALTIC STATES

OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

NORTH AMERICA

ASIA & AUSTRALIA

Friendship societies

BALTIC STATES

EAST CENTRAL EUROPE

SOUTHEAST EUROPE

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

Other interesting links