Eastern European Perspectives on Culture, History and Integration

A not-to-be-missed new interpretative spin on a diversity-wise challenging area of study


This JASSY module is undoubtedly a good route to embark upon if you are in search of a unique learning experience, which begins with an overview of the oldest civilizations and cultures in Eastern Europe, and will continue with an analysis of the differences and the similarities that have created a heterogeneous political and cultural space, in which people and states have developed together. The journey continues with the discovery of Latin heritage of the easternmost Romance language spoken in Europe, uncovering the role of Romania as the EU member state in developing cooperation with its Eastern neighbours, the current challenges of democracies in Eastern Europe, and, last but not least, a challenge to reflect on what cultural identity and heritage mean in a digital world.
Boasting ample teaching and research backgrounds, your lecturers will ensure that you will get richer in learning by doing and will provide you with the conceptual tools necessary to interpret and understand an intriguing cultural and spatial territory.

The EEP module addresses students, graduates and professionals from all over the word who aim at acquiring a broad cultural, social and historical perspective on Eastern Europe.

Number of contact hours: 40

Assessment method(s): Oral exam

Contact (module coordinator): Assoc. Prof. dr. Gabriel LEANCA (gleanca@uaic.ro)


Lectures (L), workshops (W) and field activities (FA)

  • The Great Chalcolithic of the South-Eastern ’Old Europe’: Settlements, Discoveries, and Social Complexity Romanian Past in Comparative Perspective (L)
  • Romanian Past in Comparative Perspective (L)
  • Eastern Spirituality Perspectives on Identity and Meaning of Life in the Metaverse (L)
  • Popular Akatists. The Representation of God in the Contemporary Folk Religion (L)
  • Romanian, a Romance Language at the Gates of the Orient (L)
  • Romanian expressions illustrated (W)
  • Nation-Building and Modernity: the Romanian Case in Regional, Context (18th-19th century) (L)
  • The Genesis of the Romanian Question in International Politics (1774-1859) (L)
  • Politics and International Relations in 20th Century Romania (L)
  • Challenges of Democracies in Eastern Europe. Political Behaviours, Institutions and Culture (L)
  • Heathen Behaviour during Traditional Romanian Spring Holidays (L)
  • Interpretation of Orthodox Rituals, Architecture and Iconography (FA)
  • Social Movements and Contentious Politics in Romania. An Overview (L)
  • The Culture of Remembrance in Post-Communist Romania (L)
  • Minority Rights in Romania and in its Neighbouring States. Recent Developments (L)
  • Philosophy in Eastern Europe. Science and Spirituality (L)
  • The Psychology of Appearance : a Cross-cultural Approach to First Impressions (L)
  • Demographic Transition in Europe and its Consequences (L)