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Economy, State and Society: History and Society MA Structure

Compulsory and elective modules for the IMESS: History and Society MA. One year is spent at UCL and the second year at an IMESS Partner Institution.

Year 1: 60 ECTS (150 UCL Credits) at UCL

Common Programme for all tracks
  • SEES0092 Dissertation Preparation (0 ECTS)
  • Interrogating BoundariesWorkshop (0 ECTS)
  • Optional: LCENGS01 Academic English for writing (0 ECTS)
Language: 0 or 12 ECTS (0 or 30 UCL Credits)
  • SEES0029 New Language: Czech
  • SEES0038 New Language: Estonian
  • SEES0030 New Language: Finnish
  • SEES0031 New Language: Hungarian
  • SEES0032 New Language: Polish
  • SEES0124 New Language: Serbian and Croatian
  • SEES0019 Intermediate Language: Czech
  • SEES0020 Intermediate Language: Finnish
  • SEES0021 Intermediate Language: Hungarian
  • SEES0022 Intermediate Language: Polish
  • SEES0067 Intermediate Language: Russian
  • SEES0024 Intermediate Language: Serbian and Croatian
  • SEES0068 MA Intermediate Plus: Russian
  • SEES0075 Advanced Language: Russian
  • SEES0076 Advanced Superior Language: Russian
  • SEES0077 IMESS: Russian

Notes:

Intermediate, Intermediate Plus, Advanced and Advanced Superior Russian available in most years. If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.

Core modules: (12 ECTS//30 UCL Credits) 

SEES0052 - Historical Methods and Approaches (12 ECTS//30 UCL Credits) OR

SEES0117 Political Sociology (12 ECTS//15 UCL Credits)

PLUS ONE METHODOLOGY MODULE FROM:

SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) OR

SEES0106 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) OR

SEES0107 Understanding and Analysing Data (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits)

Elective modules: 36 ECTS//90 UCL Credits (or 48 ECTS/120 UCL Credits if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and subject to change.

  • SEES0042 Languages in Contact along the Danube: Intercultural Frictions and Flows (6 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0047 Literary and Cultural Theory (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0052 Historical Methods and Approaches (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0053 Metropolis: History of Berlin 1871-1990 (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0058 The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990 (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0060 Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0069 Contemporary Cultural Studies (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits) Not running in 19/20
  • SEES0080 The Making of Modern Ukraine (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0089 Nations, Identity and Power (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) Not running in 2019/2020
  • SEES0096 Interdisciplinary Area Studies (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0099 Baltic Politics and Society (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0102 Migration in the European Union (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0103 Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0106 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) Not running in 2019/2020
  • SEES0107 Understanding and Analysing Data (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0117 Political Sociology (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0119 Understanding ‘Transitional Justice’: Crime, Punishment and Process (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0125 Little Hitlers? Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe, 1900-1945 (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)

NOTE: One elective (max 6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) may be taken from another IMESS track

Country-specific course requirements

If you are going to Krakow in Year 2, you must take the following modules:

  • SEES0089 Nations, Identity and Power (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) Not running in 2019/2020
  • SEES0099 Baltic Politics and Society (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)

AND

  • PUBL0036 Governing Divided Societies (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) OR
  • A relevant module at Jagiellonian in your second year

Year 2: 60 ECTS

University of Belgrade (Serbia)

Language: Serbian or Russian (0 or 12 ECTS)

Russian language 1 (6 ECTS)
Russian language 2 (6 ECTS)
Serbian as a foreign language 1 (6 ECTS)
Serbian as a foreign language 2 (6 ECTS)
Note: If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.


Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Research/thesis seminar (15 ECTS)
Written thesis and defence (15 ECTS)


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and subject to change.
City of globalization: transformation, architecture, meaning (6 ECTS)
Early Modern History: Western Balkans, Modernization and Traditional Societies (6 ECTS)
Social history of the US: Assimilation, Multiculturalism, Integration, Disintegration (6 ECTS)
Political Anthropology, Image of the Other, Cultural Anthropology (6 ECTS)
The Balkans in the global economic history (6 ECTS)
The Balkans in modern history (6 ECTS)
Post communist Balkans (6 ECTS)

Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Language (0 or 7.5 or 12 ECTS)

New languages Polish or Intermediate Polish or Advanced Polish
Other languages possible if approved by the programme co-ordinators
Note: if no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2


Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Includes research/thesis seminar, written thesis and defence


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 ECTS if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and subject to change.

  • European Civilisation (10)
  • Anthropology of Memory and Heritage in Europe (5)
  • Political and Social History of 20th Century CEE (10)
  • Gender, Citizenship and Democracy in CEE (5)
  • Europeanisation and Transformation of Collective Identity (10)
  • Challenges to the European Identity: The Rebirth of Nationalisms in Europe (5)
  • Citizenship, Migration, Multiculturalism in Europe (10)
  • Religion, Diversity and Toleration in Central and Eastern Europe (5)
University of Helsinki (Finland)

Language: Finnish (0 or 12 ECTS)

New Language Finnish or Intermediate Finnish
Note: if no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2


Compulsory Dissertation (40 ECTS)

  • Master thesis’ seminar (10)
  • Written thesis (30)

Dissertation Specialisms

  • Finnish nation and nationalism
  • The making of the welfare state in Finland
  • History of political consensus and corporatism
  • Finnish-Russian relations from 1809
  • Political mobilization and social movements in Finland
  • Finnish and international communism
  • Gender relations in history
  • Minorities and marginal groups in history
  • Theory of history and historical thought
  • History politics and presence of history
  • History of design and the material culture of everyday life
  • Baltic Sea region environmental history

Electives (8 ECTS, 20 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and subject to change.

  • Nationalism and Nation Building (3/5 ECTS)
  • Welfare State (3/5 ECTS)
  • State and Political Activity 3/5 ECTS)
  • Political Thought and Dimensions of Politics (3/5 ECTS)
  • History of Political Ideas (3/5 ECTS)
  • Politics of History (3/5 ECTS)
  • Conceptual History (3/5 ECTS)
  • Globalization and Transnationalism: Historical Approaches (3/5 ECTS)
  • Politics of Gender (3/5 ECTS)
  • Theory and Methodology of History (3/5 ECTS)
  • Other approved electives (3/5 ECTS)
  • Internship (0 ECTS)
Charles University (Czech Republic)

Language: Czech (0 or 12 ECTS)

Czech (beginners, intermediate, advanced; or other language of the area – Polish, Russian)
Note: If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.


Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Research/thesis seminar I (15 ECTS)
Research/thesis seminar II (15 ECTS)

Dissertation Specialisms

  • Central European Jewry
  • Cold War
  • Concepts and Interpretations of the History of East
  • Central Europe
  • Ethnic and Nationality Problems
  • Holocaust studies
  • Mode
  • Memory and Politics
  • Migrations and Migrants
  • Modernization
  • Nation and Religion
  • National Mythologies
  • Politics of History

Electives (18 ECTS, 30 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.

  • Central European Cinema (6 ECTS)
  • Civil Society in Europe (6 ECTS)
  • Cold War in Documents 1945-1962 (6 ECTS)
  • Cold War in Documents 1963-1991 (6 ECTS)
  • Concepts and Interpretations of Balkan History (6 ECTS)
  • Concepts and Interpretations of Central European History (6 ECTS)
  • Concepts and Interpretations of Russian History (6 ECTS)
  • Cultural Memory and Identity in the Balkans (6 ECTS)
  • Culture and Politics in Europe (6 ECTS)
  • Ethnic Issues and Territories in Eastern, East Central and South Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
  • How Jewish is Jewish History? (6 ECTS)
  • History, Politics and Culture of Central European Jewry (6 ECTS)
  • IMESS Internship II (6 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies (6 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Intellectual History (6 ECTS)
  • Memory, History & Cinema (6 ECTS)
  • Modernizing the Balkans (6 ECTS)
  • Nationalism and Historiography in Central Eurasia (6 ECTS)
  • Society and Culture in Central Eurasia (6 ECTS)
  • The Make and Break of Late Ottoman and Russian Empires (6 ECTS)
  • Theorizing Memory: Social and Cultural Remembering (6 ECTS)
  • Transnational History of Contemporary Europe (6 ECTS)
Tartu University (Estonia)

Language (0 or 12 ECTS)

New languages Estonian or Russian, or Intermediate Estonian or Russian

Other languages possible if approved by the programme coordinators
Note: if no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2


Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Includes MA seminars, written thesis and defence


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 ECTS if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and subject to change.

All courses 6 ECTS.

  • Political Developments in the Baltic Sea Region
  • The History of the Baltic Sea Region
  • Diplomacy
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • EU-Russia Relations
  • Other approved faculty courses