Universität Wien FIND
Warning! The directory is not yet complete and will be amended until the beginning of the term.

210078 VO BAK15: SpezialVO East European Studies (2020W)

Nationalism after Communism: Nation-building, ethnic conflicts and populism in Eastern Europe

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft

Die Lehrformate für das WS (digital, hybrid, vor Ort) befinden sich in Entwicklung. Die Lehrenden werden die geplante Organisationsform und Lehrmethodik auf ufind und Moodle bekannt geben. Aufgrund von Covid19 muss mit kurzfristigen Änderungen in Richtung digitaler Lehre gerechnet werden.

Nicht-prüfungsimmanente (n-pi) Lehrveranstaltung. Eine Anmeldung über u:space ist erforderlich. Mit der Anmeldung werden Sie automatisch für die entsprechende Moodle-Plattform freigeschaltet. Vorlesungen unterliegen keinen Zugangsbeschränkungen.

VO-Prüfungstermine erfordern eine gesonderte Anmeldung.
Mit der Teilnahme an der Lehrveranstaltung verpflichten Sie sich zur Einhaltung der Standards guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis. Schummelversuche und erschlichene Prüfungsleistungen führen zur Nichtbewertung der Lehrveranstaltung (Eintragung eines 'X' im Sammelzeugnis).


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

All lectures will be held in digital form via Moodle.

Wednesday 07.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 14.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 16.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 27.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In the early 1990s, the collapse of the Soviet, Yugoslav and Czechoslovak multi-ethnic states coincided with the rise of nationalist movements and the upsurge of ethnic identities. While the new post-communist elites have embarked on nation and state building, a number of ethnic conflicts flamed up in the region, most notably in the Balkans and in the Caucasus. In recent years, populist movements have emerged in East Central Europe questioning the EU integration project. The course is designed to cover different concepts of "nation" and "nationalism" by focusing on post-communist countries of Eastern Europe which have been struggling with redefining national identities, managing ethnic cleavages and adapting to new national boundaries. The course starts with an overview of the relevant theoretical approaches and a historical introduction into nationalism in Eastern Europe and Soviet nationality politics. It then addresses problems of nation building, ethnic conflicts and populism in the post-communist era, with a focus on Russia and the post-Soviet space. The lectures will be given in digital form. All contents (videos, PowerPoint presentations, literature etc.) will be provided via Moodle. To pass the course, regular attendance is highly recommended.

Assessment and permitted materials

Digital written exam. Date for first exam: 27.01.2021, 09.00 – 11.00. The second exam date is 02.03.2021, time tba. The exam will be held in digital form in Moodle (not in presence). Students will download exam forms with open questions and upload them with their answers. The answers have to be given within 120 minutes (90 min. for writing the answers plus 2 x 15 min. for downloading / converting into PDF and uploading). Only (!) in case of unexpected technical problems, you can send your answers (in PDF form) to my e-mail account tatiana.zhurzhenko@univie.ac.at before 11:00.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The digital written exam consists of four open questions to be answered each in form of a short essay. Up to 25 points can be received for each answer. For a positive result a minimum of 51 points is required.

00-50 points: Nicht Genügend
51-70 points: Genügend
71-80 points: Befriedigend
81-90 points: Gut
91-100 points: Sehr Gut

Examination topics

Contents of the lectures and assigned readings. Power point presentations of the lectures will be put on Moodle, as well as recommended texts (those obligatory for the exam will be marked by three stars).

Reading list

Will be announced on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:26