UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0101 Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

UCL Credit Value: 15

ECTS Value: 7.5

Term 1

Module Coordinator: Dr Sean Hanley
Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0
Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment

2,000 word comparative essay (60%)

1,000 word case study analysis (40%)

Formative Assessment

Case study presentation. 

Module Outline

This course gives students explores the politics of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), focusing in particular on the interaction of  democratization processes with the building of a market economy and integration into the EU. These will be examined from mid/late-1990s to the present with a stress on recent political developments, but will also with an eye to setting the post-communist democratization of CEE in longer term historical perspective.

The course will also familiarize students with comparative and theoretical frameworks for understanding political systems in the region as well as relevant ideas relating to European integration and the development of market economies and societies. Countries principally covered by the course are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.​

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