Russian and East European Institute | Proseminar in Russian and East European Area Studies
R600 | 4194 | Jennifer Cash

This course is an introductory seminar in interdisciplinary
approaches and methods in studying the countries of the former USSR
and central and eastern Europe.  The emphasis is on acquainting
students with examples of scholarly work and debates in the field,
and assessing issues of research methods, approach, and ethics in
this area of study.  The semester readings are divided into units by
thematic area, corresponding roughly to the major disciplines and
departments associated with the Russian and East European Institute,
to provide a survey of the most critical issues and resources in the
field.  The course meets weekly throughout the semester to discuss
common readings.  There will be occasional guest speakers.
Participation in seminar discussions is a course requirement, as is
a book review (5-7 pages) and a critical essay (12-15 pages).
Readings will be available on reserve, and also some books will be
ordered for (optional) purchase.