East Central Europe Region Studies (ECERS) Master programme

The result of cooperation between four European universities (University of Helsinki and University of Oulu – Finland, University of Tartu – Estonia and Izmir University of Economics – Turkey, the ECERS takes a broad and fresh perspective of the political, IR, economic, social, cultural and environmental regional developments.

The curriculum focuses on the dynamic regional changes offering insightful and up-to-date theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge. The programme will foster creativity and innovation spirit as well as the capacity to conduct original research and write quality analytical essays and reports with respect to East-Central European region.

We place a special emphasis on employability of our graduates. The skills acquired during the MA programme will help successfully competing for careers such as foreign relations referents & experts, assistant professors, business personnel specialized on Central and Eastern Europe, international officials, government officials, civil servants, diplomats, consultants and policy analysts, employees in cultural institutions, magazines or newspapers reporters, European and Euro-Atlantic institutions officials, UN officials, euro-advisers, NGOs leaders and consultants, teachers in secondary education.

“That’s why ECERS is an investment in your future!”

Year I

  • An Introduction to Area Studies with a focus on East-Central Europe
  • An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Sustainable development in East-Central Europe
  • Research methodology in Area Studies
  • The International Relations in East-Central Europe from the Vienna Congress to World War I
  • The Political History of East-Central Europe from the Mid-l9th Century to the Aftermath of the Second World War
  • Geopolitics and Energy Security in East-Central Europe
  • Economic structure and reforms in the Baltic Sea Region
  • State genesis in Central and Eastern Europe (9th to 14th centuries)
  • The history of writing and printing in East-Central Europe

Year II

  • International relations in East-Central Europe in the 20th century and beyond
  • Communist Regimes in East-Central Europe
  • From Eastern Enlargement towards European integration
  • Communism in Romania: ideology and practices
  • The foreign policy of Romania in the 20th century between Idealism and Realism
  • Discourse as a form of social practice within the context of globalization
  • National minorities in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Research practice
  • Dissertation thesis writing

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