Module Identifier IP39520  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Jennifer Mathers  
Semester Intended For Use In Future Years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   14 Hours 14 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours 8 x 1 hour  
Assessment Course work   2 x 3,000 word essay = 50% each   100%  

Brief description
The module will begin by examining the political traditions in the region and the ways in which Communist parties came to power and remained in power in the period immediately following the end of the Second World War. The module will assess attempts at political reform under Communist rule and evaluate the degree of political pluralism which was possible before the late 1980s. The impact of Gorbachev on the region will be examined, and the long-term and immediate causes of the revolutions of 1989 will be discussed. The module will conclude with a close look at the differing political experiences of countries in Eastern Europe since the collapse of Communist rule, considering such questions as the systems of government chosen by these states, the impact of EU enlargement on the region, and the role of nationalism in these countries in the aftermath of the Cold War.

The aim of this module is to examine the changing nature of politics in the countries of Eastern Europe from the end of the Second World War through the collapse of Communist rule and the post-Communist transition.

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

10 ECTS Credits

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Geoffrey Swain and Nigel Swain. Eastern Europe Since 1945.
Karen Henderson and Neil Robinson. Post-Communist Politics: An introduction.