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Guntis I. Smidchens
EURO 345
Seattle Campus

Baltic Cultures

Cultures and peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Baltic literature, music, art, and film in social and historical context. Traditional contacts with Scandinavia and Central and East Europe. Offered: jointly with SCAND 345.

Class description

This course gives a broad introduction to the cultures of the Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians. Baltic literature, music, art and film will be studied in their historical context, exploring the relation between people and culture in the Baltic States.

Student learning goals

To gain an appreciation and understanding of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian literature, art and music from the point of view of people in the Baltic

To investigate the connections between history and culture, using the Baltic region as an example.

To introduce critical approaches to cultural analysis, and to improve skills for interpreting and writing about culture.

General method of instruction

Reading, discussion, lecture

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

reading & analytical essays

Independent research 50% Contributions to class discussions 25% Final Exam 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Guntis I. Smidchens
Date: 02/01/2008