Eastern European Perspectives

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 / poster presentation

Contact (module coordinator): Assoc. Prof. dr. Cristina Preutu (cristina.preutu@uaic.ro)


Lectures (L) and Workshops (W)

  • Building Institutions for Economic Development in Post-Communism (L+W)
  • Territorial Disputes in Eastern Europe in the First Half of the 20th Century (L)
  • Minority rights in Romania and in its Neighbouring States. Recent Developments (L)
  • Challenges of Democracies in Eastern Europe. Political Behaviours, Institutions and Culture (L)
  • Eastern Spirituality Perspectives on Identity and Meaning of Life in the Metaverse (L)
  • Romanian Folklore Explained: Traditional Beliefs, Music, Dress and  Food (W+L)
  • Romanian, a Romance Language at the Gates of the Orient (L)
  • Current Challenges of the European Union (L)
  • Romanian expressions illustrated (W)
  • The genesis of the Romanian questions in international politics (1774-1858) (L)
  • Young People in Communism Regime of Romania: Music and Film and Other Forms of Entertainment
  • Demographic Transition in Europe and its Consequences (L)

Field actvities (FA)

  • Interpretation of Orthodox Rituals, Architecture and Iconography (FA)
  • The Great Chalcolithic Civilizations of the South-Eastern “Old Europe”: Settlements, Discoveries and Social Complexity (FA)