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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)

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: One elective (max 6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) may be taken from another IMESS Track. 

Country-specific course requirements

Students doing their year 2 in Krakow must take ‘European Civilisation’ and three further courses relating to the following six themes over the course of the two-year programme:

  • Collective Identities
  • Financial Structures
  • EU Law
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Democracy

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


Compulsory Course (0 or 9 ECTS)

European Civilisation


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

European Civilization (9 ECTS)
Myths and Symbols of European Integration – Western and Eastern European Perspective (4.5 ECTS)
Political and Social History of 20th Century CEE (9 ECTS)
To be (or not to be) Central European: Literature and Society (4.5 ECTS)
Introduction to European Jewish Religion, Culture and Society (4.5 ECTS)
Europeanisation and Transformation of Collective Identity (9 ECTS)
Jewish Identities – Holocaust – Auschwitz (4.5 ECTS)
The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia (4.5 ECTS)
Citizenship, Migration, Multiculturalism (4.5 ECTS)
Russian Thought in Europe (4.5 ECTS)

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)

Research/thesis seminar (0 ECTS)
Written thesis (40 ECTS)


Electives (8 ECTS, 20 if no language taken)

Conceptual History of Politics (3/5)
Modern State and Civil Society (3/5)
Nationalism and Nation Building (3/5)
Political History of the Welfare State (3/5)
Politics of Gender (3/5)
The Use and Abuse of History in Politics (3/5)
Other approved electives (3/5)
Internship

Charles University (Czech Republic)

Language: Czech (0 or 12 ECTS)

New language or Intermediate Czech or 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)


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.
Balkan nationalism and ethnic conflicts (6 ECTS)  
Beyond Borders: Transnational Literature by Central European Writers (6 ECTS)  
Central European Cinema (6 ECTS)  
Citizen or/and Peasant? (6 ECTS)  
Civil Society in Europe (8 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)   
Cultural Studies: An Introduction (6 ECTS)
Ethnic Conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe (6 ECTS) 
Ethnic Issues and Territories in Eastern, East Central and Southeastern Europe (6 ECTS)  
Ethno-Political Conflicts in the Caucasus (6 ECTS)  
Health Policy (6 ECTS)  History, Politics and Culture of Central European Jewry (7 ECTS) 
Introduction to Intellectual History: Approaches and Methods (6 ECTS) 
Islamism in Central Asia (6 ECTS) 
Media and Society: An Introduction (6 ECTS) 
Modernizing the Balkans (6 ECTS) 
National Mythologies and History-making in the Post-Soviet Area (6 ECTS) 
Popular Television (6 ECTS) 
Putin´s Russia (6 ECTS) 
Renegotiating Empire - Forging a New State: Albania, Bohemian lands and Georgia, 1870-1930 (6 ECTS) 
Social Exclusion and the Roma in Central Europe (6 ECTS)
Soviet Project: Remaking "Man" in Revolutionary Russia (6 ECTS) 
Splendor and Misery of Détente (6 ECTS) 
The Make and Break of Late Ottoman and Russian Empires (6 ECTS) 
Theorizing Memory: Social and Cultural Remembering (6 ECTS) 
IMESS Internship (6 ECTS) 

Tartu University (Estonia)

Language (0 or 12 ECTS)

New languages Estonian or Russian, or Intermediate Estonian or Russian
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)

History of Baltic Sea Region (6)
Russia’s History in Europe (6)
Religion and Politics (6)
Social Developments in the Baltic Sea Countries (6)
The Politics of History and Memory (6)
Special Seminar in the Politics of Memory and History (6)
Baltic Identities (6)
Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Cultural History (6)
Sociology of Gender (6)
Other approved faculty courses