Undergraduate Student Handbook

This contains key information relating to operation of your programme within SSEES, including details about key dates, coursework submission, assessment penalties and contact details. It is intended to serve as your first point of reference for queries and contains links to relevant official documents and online resources.

This document is updated annually and further updates may occur during the academic year to reflect changes in UCL or SSEES policy and it is important that you ensure you refer to the handbook for the appropriate academic year.

Please note, the information podcast contains an example of calculating the degree classification using the weighted median, which is used for SSEES Economics & Business, History and Politics programmes. An example using the weighted mean, which is used by Language & Culture programmes is available here: Languages & Culture: Degree classification calculation.


Economics & Business Modules

Level 1 modules
SESS1002 - Introduction to Business
SESS1003 - Introduction to Microeconomics
SESS1004 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
SESS1005 - Applied Game Theory
SESS1006 - International Business
Level 2 & 3 modules
SESS2001 - The Emerging Market Economies of Eastern Europe and Russia
SESS2005 - Topics in Microeconomics
SESS2006 - European Macroeconomics
SESS2009 - New Venture Creation
SESS2010 - Applied Econometrics
SESS2011 - Political Economy of European Integration
SESS3001 - Growth and Convergence: With Reference to Eastern European and Russian Economics
SESS3002 - International Trade
SESS3003 - Industrial and Corporate Change with Reference to Central and Eastern Europe
SESS3005 - Topics in Financial Management
SESS3007 - Health Economics and Policy
SESS3008 - Topics in Financial Management II
SESSXXXX - Economic History and Ideas
SESSXXXX - Economics of the Family
SESSXXXX - International Macroeconomics
SESS3009 - The Economics of Entrepreneurship

History Modules

First-year foundation (‘core’) modules
SEHI1001 - Seminars in History
SEHI1002 - Modern Historiography
SEHI0004 - World Histories
First-year compulsory intermediate module
SEHI0005 - History of Eastern Europe Since 1856
Group 1a (intermediate)
SEHI6006 - History of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1700-1918*
SEHI6008 - History of Russia to 1598
SEHI6009 - History of Russia, 1598-1856*
SEHI6011 - History of Modern Germany 1815-1990
SEHI6012 - SSEES History Taught Short Dissertation with Coursework
Group 1b half-module units (advanced)
SEHI7002 - Fascism and Authoritarianism in Eastern Europe, 1918-1945*
SEHI7004 - Between Politics and Culture: German Ideas, 1890-1970*
SEHI7005 - Themes in Romanian History: From Dacians to Democrats*
SEHI7008 - The Balkans from Empires to Nation-States*
SEHI7009 - The Age of the Extremes in the Balkans
SEHI7010 - History of the Soviet Union
SEHI7011 - Society and Politics in Late Imperial Russia
SEHI7012 - Czechoslovakia in the Age of Extremes
Group 2 (advanced)
SEHI2002 - Crown Church and Estates in Central Europe, 1500-1700
SEHI2006 - Successors to the Habsburgs: Central Europe, 1914-1945
SEHI2007 - The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia
SEHI2008 - The Fall and the Rise of the Polish Nation, 1648-1921
SEHI2009 - Media, Culture and Society in the Soviet Union from Stalin to 1991
Group 3 special subjects with dissertation (advanced)
SEHI3001/9001 - East and West through Travel Writing: The Limits and Divisions of Europe (I & II)*
SEHI3006/9006 - Ivan the Terrible and the Russian Monarchy in the Sixteenth Century (I & II)
SEHI3009/9009 - Monarchs and the Enlightenment in Russia and Central Europe (I & II)
SEHI3007/9007 - Urban Culture and Modernity: Vienna-Prague-Budapest, 1857-1938 (I & II)
SEHI3008/9008 - Mass Culture in an Age of Revolution: Russia 1900-1934 (I & II)
Free-Standing Dissertation (advanced)
SEZZ4901 - Free-Standing Dissertation

 * = not running in 2013/14

Languages & Culture Modules

Culture Modules

SEEE2005 - Cinema in Eastern Europe
SEEP7001 - Contemporary Polish Cinema
SEEE1005 - Culture in Eastern Europe: Anthropological Approaches
SEEF2003 - Finland: Environment, Society, Culture
SEEE2007 - How Words Work- Meaning and Modularity
SEEE2006 - How Words Work: Sounds and Sense, Linguistics and Verbal Art
SEEE1002/ SEEE1003 - Introduction to East European Literature: from the National Revivals until the 2nd World War
SEEE2010 - Tales of the Unexpected: the supernatural and fantastic in literature, 1800-1930
SEEU1002/ SEEU1003 - Ukrainian Culture and Text


SEEB1001 - Bulgarian Language Level 1
SEEB2001/ SEEB2002 - Bulgarian Language Level 2a - Comprehension/Bulgarian Language Level 2b - Production
SEEB4001-SEEB4002Bulgarian Language Level 3A: Comprehension A - Bulgarian Language Level 3B: Production B


SEEC4011- Czech and Slovak Literature 3
SEEC1001 - Czech Language Level 1
SEEC2001/ SEEC2002 - Czech Language Level 2a - Comprehension/ Czech Language Level 2b - Production
SEEC4001/ SEEC4002 - Czech Language Level 3a- Comprehension/ Czech Language Level 3b - Production
SEEC1004 - Czech Literature 1


SEEF1001 - Finnish Language Level 1
SEEF2001/ SEEF2002 - Finnish Language Level 2a - Comprehension/ Finnish Language Level 2b - Production
SEEF4001 - Finnish Language Level 3a - Comprehension
SEEF4002 - Finnish Language Level 3b - Production


SEEP1001 - Polish Language Level 1 
SEEP2001/ SEEP2002 - Polish Language Level 2a - Comprehension/ Polish Language Level 2b - Production
SEEP4001/SEEP4002  - Polish Language Level 3a - Comprehension/ Polish Language Level 3b - Production
SEEP1004 - Polish Literature 1
SEEP4011 - Polish Literature 3


SEER1001 - Romanian Language Level 1
SEER200/ SEER20021 - Romanian Language Level 2a - Comprehension/ Romanian Language Level 2b - Production


SEEY2001/ SEEY2002 - Serbian and Croatian Language Level 2a - Comprehensio/ Serbian and Croatian Language Level 2b - Productionn


SEES4001/ SEES4002 - Slovak Language Level 3a - Comprehension/ Slovak Language Level 3b - Production
SEES2004 - Slovak Literature 3


SEEU1001 - Ukrainian Language Level 1
SEEU2001/ SEEU2002 - Ukrainian Language Level 2a- Comprehension/ Ukrainian Language Level 2b - Production
SEEU4001/ SEEU4002 - Ukrainian Language Level 3a - Comprehension/ Ukrainian Language Level 3b - Production

Russian Modules

SERS2014 - Chekhov: The Quest for Freedom
SERS1001 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 1)
SERS1002 - Use of Russian (Year 1A)  
SERS2004 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 2)
SERS2001 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 2A)
SERS4001 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 4)
SERS4017 - Contemporary Russian Cinema
SERS4012 - Dostoevskii
SERS4003 - Essay in Russian (Year 4)
SERS2023 - Identities in Nineteenth- Century Russian Literature
SERS4010 - Russian Literature in Revolution: Experiments in Form 1917-53
SEEE2009 - Narratives of Exile
SERS4014 - Pushkin
SERS1012 - Representations of Russia
SERS1013 - Russian Cinema: History, Ideology, Society
SERS4016 - Russian Cinema: Innovation and Experiment
SERS2012 - Russian Cinema: Men and Women
SERS1009 - Russian Level 1 (A)
SERS2009 - Russian Level 2 (B)
SERS3009 - Russian Level 3 (C)
SERS4027 - Russian Literature from the Death of Stalin to the Present: Dissent & Discovery
SERS4026 - Russian Poetry in the Silver Age
SERS2011 - Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky
SERS1010 - Russian Short Fiction from Romanticism to Postmodernism
SERS1011 - The Making of Modern Russian Culture
SERS2020 - The Person, Love and Utopia in Russian Thought
SERS2024 - The Petersburg 'Text' in Russian Literature and Culture: From Romanticism to Modernism
SERS1004 - Use of Russian (Year 1)
SERS2005 - Use of Russian (Year 2)
SERS2002 - Use of Russian (Year 2A)
SERS4002 - Use of Russian (Year 4)

Politics & Sociology Modules

Level 1 Modules
SESS1102 - Introduction to International Relations
SESS1202 - Understanding Society: Introduction to Social Theory
SESS1203 - Understanding Society: Introduction to Political Sociology
SESS1204 - Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
SESS1205 - Understanding Politics I: The Big Questions in Contemporary Europe
SESS1206 - Understanding Politics II: How Politics Works
Level 2 & 3 Modules
SESS2101 - The History of European Political Ideas
SESS2102 - Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe
SESS2103 - Russian Politics and Society
SESS2105 - Democracy and Democratisation
BASC2052 - Migration and Health
SESS2104 - The Making of Modern Ukraine
SESS3101 - Comparative Politics
SESS3102 - Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy
SESS3103 - European Security
SESS3202 - The Politics of Change in the Baltic States

Syllabus Handbooks and Scheme of Awards

  • Economics (for students commencing in 2012/13 onwards)
  • Economics (for students who commenced in 2011 or earlier)
  • History (for students commencing in 2012/13 onwards)

  • History (for students who commenced in 2011 or earlier)

  • Languages & Culture
  • Politics (for students commencing in 2013/14 onwards)
  • Politics  (for students who commenced in 2012 or earlier)
  • Economics (provisional for 2014-15)

Handbooks & Guides


Important: If using electronic versions, ensure you fully complete page 1 of the coversheet and Section 1 of the second page.

Important: If using electronic versions, ensure you fully complete page 1 of the coversheet and Section 1 of the second page.