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James R Felak
EURO 220
Seattle Campus

Introduction to East European Studies

Introduction to the history of post-1945 Eastern Europe focusing on political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic issues. Countries surveyed include Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 220.

Class description

This course intends to acquaint students with the key events, personalities, and developments in the recent history of East Central Europe, especially since the Second World War. The focus will be on political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic issues, and will cover the various peoples and lands of East Central Europe and the Balkans. The greatest attention will be given to Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and the former Yugoslavia.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, along with frequent class discussions. It is expected that students will do the course reading and come to class prepared to discuss it.

Recommended preparation

None, though some acquaintance with European history in the 2nd half of the 20th century would be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

A mid-term examination, a final examination, a 5 page paper, a short oral report, and participation in regular classroom discussions.

Midterm 20% Paper 20% Oral report 20% Final 20% Discussions 20%


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.
Last Update by Anne Ec Hilton
Date: 02/05/2009