Using a comparative approach to intelligence/security policy, this course uses case studies from various nations of Central/Eastern Europe to examine the interplay and role of intelligence in the policy making process. Students will gain a broad understanding of how policy-makers impact the intelligence process and how they use intelligence in the decision-making and policy-making processes.
This course provides the students with the opportunity to complete an in-depth paper in an area of focus under the close supervision of a professor. This paper will address a particular policy issue, such as possible Russian reactions to the democratization process in Ukraine, producing policy options, along with proposals for implementing the options. The candidate will defend the study before a panel of professors.
These courses will provide students with intensive foreign language training. Two languages will be offered regularly: German and Russian. The student will be required to master only one of these languages. Other Slavic languages (Polish, Ukrainian, et al.) will be offered on a need/demand basis. The course will include a cultural component; the students will develop skills in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing the given language.
The course will offer an overview of diverse economic systems and compare and contrast the economy of Germany and the Eastern European countries, and the demand supply market vs. planned economies. It will focus on the macroeconomics of tomorrow, analyzing emerging issues, formation of new trading blocks, and variations in growth and development. It will also offer a survey of new markets and new challenges and a summary of economic transition in Eastern Europe.
These courses present a chronology of major events and trends, both historic and present, in the Balkan, Caspian, and Caucasus regions. The students are provided with an opportunity to analyze intercultural and geopolitical aspects of life and times in these regions. Topics include: Conflict in the Caucasus; Geopolitics of the Caspian Region; Pipeline Wars; Revolutions by Colors in the Former Soviet Union; and Balkan Conflicts. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if material is essentially different.
These courses are a survey of the national cultures of the peoples of Eastern Europe and an examination of cultural influences and convergences between East and West with emphasis on modern times. These courses also provide an examination of national cultures within empires, national cultures under Marxism, and the political and cultural freedom of more recent times. Topics include: Contemporary Europe and the Slavic East; the Cultures of the Eastern Slavs; Modern Polish Culture; Russian Civilization in Transition; the European Union and the Slavic East; and the Culture of Judaism in Eastern Europe. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if material is essentially different.
A survey of great literary works of the Slavic peoples with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries, featuring an examination of spiritual values and ideological conflict in literature within the context of diverse social and political systems. Topics include: 19th-Century Slavic Literatures; 20th-Century Slavic Literatures; Eastern Reception of Western Heroes and Villains; and Literature of the Evil Empire. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if material is essentially different.
The courses will focus on the study of the major works of great German poets and philosophers of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Emphasis on the writers’ attempts to define ultimate reality, the search for das Ding-an-sich (the thing-in-itself), and their conceptions of paradise. Topics include: Great German Thinkers; 20th-Century German Thinkers; German Cultural History; 20th-Century German Cultural History; Goethe; Rilke; and Heidegger. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if material is essentially different.
These courses are a survey of major historical developments in the countries of Eastern Europe from Napoleon to the present. They begin with an analysis of the birth of modern European Nationalism and end with an examination of the present state of Eastern Europe and the internal and external problems of the successor states to the Soviet Empire. Topics include: History of Russia; History of Poland; History of Ukraine; 20th-Century Russian History; 20th-Century Ukrainian History; and the Rise of the Cossacks. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if material is essentially different.
These courses will analyze the issues surrounding the formation and dismantlement of what was known as the Eastern Bloc and its transformation into a region of developing democratic states. They will include an analysis of the ideological and historical underpinnings of Communism and the formation of the Eastern Bloc. They will examine contemporary issues of intelligence and security. Topics include: Democratic Development of Eastern Europe; Espionage in Central/Eastern Europe: Cold War and Beyond; Contemporary Russian Politics; Russian Foreign Policy; Russian Military Doctrine in the 21st Century; Russian Intelligence Agencies; and Central and Eastern Europe in U.S. National Security Strategy. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if material is essentially different.
The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a greater understanding of current business opportunities in selected markets of the region; to make aware the difficulties likely to be faced by the businessperson attempting to take advantage of those opportunities; and to enable him/her, through acquisition of skills and increasing awareness, to explore these opportunities, independently and in considerable depth.
These courses provide a critical and historical survey of the religious traditions of Central and Eastern Europe. Primarily, the courses will examine some of the historic and cultural developments within the Christian community with particular attention given to Catholicism and the Eastern Rites (e.g. Ukrainian Catholics), the role of the Orthodox Church in the region, and Protestantism. The courses also consider the Jewish presence in the region with respect to Yiddish culture and religious practice. Likewise, the courses consider the Islamic presence in Eastern Europe. Topics include: Religions of Eastern Europe; the Crusades; and Orders of Chivalry and Eastern Europe. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if material is essentially different.
The course focuses on issues and theories of international economics. It explores the changing institution, organization, product, destination, and general structure of trade, and analyzes the impact of current economic changes in Central and Eastern Europe on prices, employment, exchange rate, trade, and capital flow. It also examines the increasing economic interdependence of countries, which makes the whole world a single market for many commodities, while placing constraints on the extent to which prices can diverge across borders.
The courses will consist of regular meetings with students and will feature discussion and analysis of their individual M.A. theses. Initial meetings will be devoted to bibliographical searches, reading and comprehension of primary sources, and methodology. At the final meeting, each student will present his/her M.A. thesis. International students may participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as a component of their seminar experience. International students interested in CPT must apply for this through the International Education Coordinator and comply with all immigration regulations regarding CPT.
Luis A. Gomez, Ph.D.
M.A. in Central and Eastern European Studies
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Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
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