UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0099 Baltic Politics and Society

UCL Credit Value: 15

ECTS Value: 7.5

Term 2

Module Coordinator: Dr Richard Mole
Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0 seminar
Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment

3,500 word coursework (100%)

Formative assessment

Reflection sheets (brief summary and discussion of weekly readings)

Module Outline

This course seeks to analyse the development of national identity and statehood in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in various stages of their histories: as part of the Romanov Empire, during the first period of independence, as part of the Soviet Union and during the second period of independence after 1991. Throughout the course we will seek to discover the sources of political power in the Baltic States and seek to understand the relationship between power, legitimacy and identity. Particular attention will be paid to issues of nation-building; citizenship and integration; electoral and party politics; political culture; foreign policy; socio-economic change; EU and NATO enlargement and problems of migration.

Indicative Texts

  • Estonia’, ‘Latvia’ and ‘Lithuania’ in ‘Political Data Yearbook’, European Journal of Political Research.
  • Smith, D.J., Pabriks, A, Purs, A & Lane, T.(2002) The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. London: Routledge.
  • Mole, R (2012) The Baltic States from the Soviet Union to the European Union: Identity, Discourse and Power in the Post-Communist Transition of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. London: Routledge.
  • Kasekamp, A. (2010) A History of the Baltic States. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.