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  • Objectives
    While one of the program's goals is to provide students with an integrative approach to the entire region, the concentration assures that each student's individual program will retain a particular focus. Europe and Eurasia have become increasingly integrated in terms of theoretical and methodological approaches. However, the two sub-regions covered by the program have distinct histories and legacies along with differing intellectual traditions. Selection of a concentration assures that each student's program will have an adequate level of intellectual coherence. Students studying the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe that are EU member states or candidates for membership may select either concentration, depending on the thematic focus of the student's work. The Institute offers two concentrations that draw systematically from the program's range of courses and expertise.
  • Practical experience
    There are internship placements associated with this program. See course lists for details.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Course description
    Program Requirements

    1) Students in the program must complete 5.0 credits, consisting of the following:

        * EURR 5001, which is a 0.5-credit core seminar offered specially by the Institute. The course incorporates the approaches of several relevant disciplines and introduces students to a variety of methodological approaches and tools needed to design and implement research projects;
        * Selection of a concentration (either Russian, Eurasian and Transitions Studies or European and European Union Studies), with 1.0 credit of course work from the concentration course list provided below under the description of each concentration;
        * Either EURR 5200 (recommended for students selecting the Russian, Eurasian and Transition Studies concentration), or EURR 5300 (recommended for students selecting the 'European and European Union Studies' concentration);
        * An additional 1.0 credit in coursework chosen with the approval of the graduate supervisor from the electives course list below;
        * Either EURR 5908 (1.0 credit), a research essay related to the concentration, incorporating the approaches of at least two disciplines represented in the program; the research essay must be defended orally and combined with an additional 1.0 credit coursework chosen with the approval of the graduate supervisor from the electives course list below,
        *
          or
        * EURR 5909 (2.0 credits), an M.A. thesis on a topic related to the concentration, which must combine interdisciplinary approaches with a greater degree of originality and a greater use of primary sources than that required of the research essay. The thesis must be defended orally. The thesis option cannot be taken without the specific permission of the graduate supervisor.
        * No more than 1.0 credit may be taken at the 4000-level. No more than 0.5 credit in a language discipline may be counted towards program requirements.

    2) Completion of the language requirement:

    Each student must demonstrate language proficiency. Students entering the M.A. program with no language proficiency or inadequate language proficiency will require extra coursework and/or summer language training to meet the language proficiency requirement.

    For the Russian, Eurasian and Transition Studies concentration the student may select German, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, or Serbian/Croatian.  For the European and European Union Studies concentration the student may select French, German, Italian, Polish, or Spanish.  A student may request permission to use another major language to fulfill this requirement. However, the requested language (a) must be utilized in undertaking research for the research essay or M.A. thesis; and (b) its selection must be approved by the graduate supervisor.

    Proficiency in the approved language may be demonstrated by successful completion of a written translation examination to be administered by the Institute or by completion of the appropriate language from the following list with a minimum grade of B+: RUSS 4200 and RUSS 4201; GERM 3605; SPAN 3605; ITAL 3000; or 1.0 credit in FREN at the 4000-level.

    Concentrations

        * Russian, Eurasian, and Transition Studies
        * European and European Union (EU) Studies

    Russian, Eurasian, and Transition Studies

        This concentration involves an interdisciplinary focus on the communist legacy and challenges facing countries in transition, with a geographic scope covering eastern and southeastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus, and post-Soviet Central Asia.
        It is recommended that students pursuing this concentration complete EURR 5200 rather than EURR 5300.

        Concentration course elective list: EURR 4002 or EURR 5002, EURR 4101, EURR 5005, EURR 5007, EURR 5008 EURR 5102, EURR 5107, EURR 5202, EURR 5203, EURR 5204, HIST 5600, PSCI 4501, PSCI 4503, PSCI 4601, PSCI 5104, PSCI 5105, PSCI 5106, SOCI 5804

    European and European Union Studies
        This concentration focuses on countries involved in the European Union and on European integration processes, consequences, and dynamics from an interdisciplinary perspective, including EU enlargement and relations of the EU with other states.
        It is recommended that students pursuing this concentration complete EURR 5300 rather than EURR 5200.

        Concentration course elective list: EURR 4006, EURR 5003, EURR 5008, EURR 5104, EURR 5105, EURR 5106, EURR 5108, EURR 5201, EURR 5204, EURR 5302, INAF 5804, INAF 5805, PSCI 5503, HIST 5100, HIST 5200

    Electives Course List

    Art History
        ARTH 4202 Topics in Eastern Medieval Art

    Economics
        ECON 5603, ECON 5806, ECON 5807

    Geography
        GEOG 4600 Post-Communist Eastern Europe

    History
        HIST 4600 Seminar in Russian History
        HIST 5100, HIST 5200, HIST 5600 HIST 5800, HIST 5810, HIST 5811

    International Affairs
        INAF 5202, INAF 5206, INAF 5602 INAF 5804, INAF 5805

    Law

        LAWS 4806 The Civilist Tradition

    Political Science
        PSCI 4503 Politics of Central Eurasia
        PSCI 4601 Foreign Policies of Soviet Successor States
        PSCI 5104, PSCI 5105, PSCI 5106, PSCI 5201 PSCI 5404, PSCI 5503, PSCI 5506, PSCI 5509 PSCI 5803, PSCI 5806

    Russian
        RUSS 4200 Russian Syntax and Translation
        RUSS 4201 Russian for the Social Sciences

    Sociology
        SOCI 5804

    European and Russian Studies
        EURR 4006 European Integration and the Business Environment in East/Central Europe
        EURR 4101 The Balkans
        EURR 4205 Gender and Politics in Post-Communist Societies
        EURR 5000, EURR 5001, EURR 5002
        EURR 5003, EURR 5005, EURR 5007
        EURR 5008, EURR 5100, EURR 5102
        EURR 5103, EURR 5104, EURR 5105
        EURR 5106, EURR 5107, EURR 5108
        EURR 5201, EURR 5202, EURR 5203
        EURR 5204, EURR 5900, EURR 5901
        EURR 5902, EURR 5903, EURR 5904
        EURR 5905, EURR 5906

        Other 4000- and 5000-level courses may be approved by the graduate supervisor as EURUS credits if they are deemed appropriate to a particular student's objectives.

    EURR 5000 [0.5 credit]
        Social Science Approaches to Communist and Post-Communist Studies
        An overview of social science approaches to the field of study for students with limited background in the field. The course is open to graduate students from a variety of departments.
        Prerequisite: permission of the Institute.

    EURR 5001 [0.5 credit]
        Interdisciplinary Seminar in European and Russian Studies
        Current debates and methodological approaches within various academic disciplines relating to Europe, Russia, and Eurasia.
        Prerequisite: permission of the Institute or enrolment in the EURUS program.

    EURR 5002 [0.5 credit]
        Post-Soviet States and Societies
        The relationship between social forces and state structures at both the national and local levels in the USSR and the post-soviet states.
        Precludes additional credit for EURR 4002.

    EURR 5003 [0.5 credit]
        Social and Political Perspectives in Europe
        The emergence of a European polity, identity and culture. Examination of whether 'Europe' as a defined entity exists and the ways in which we may try to understand its evolution. Also offered at the undergraduate level with different requirements as EURR 4003, for which additional credit is precluded.

    EURR 5005 [0.5 credit]
        Environmental Problems and Politics in East/Central Europe and Eurasia
        Nature, origins and policy responses viewed from economic, political and geographic perspectives. Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as EURR 4005, for which additional credit is precluded.
        Prerequisite: 1.0 credit in the area of East European or environmental studies, or permission of the Institute.

    EURR 5007 [0.5 credit]
        Social and Political Discourse in Russia
        Contemporary, social and political issues as covered in Russian-language media. Most course reading and instruction is in the Russian language but student participation may be in English or Russian. Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as EURR 4007, for which additional credit is precluded.
        Prerequisite: appropriate facility in the Russian language and permission of the Institute.

    EURR 5008 [0.5 credit]
        Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Eastern and Central Europe
        Ethnic basis of nationalism in the region. Ethnic politics and trends.
        Precludes additional credit for EURR 4008.

    EURR 5100 [0.5 credit]
        Nation-Building in Central and Eastern Europe
        Processes of nation building in the region examined in terms of a particular country, or set of countries. Country focus may vary. Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as EURR 4100, for which additional credit is precluded.

    EURR 5102 [0.5 credit]
        The International Political Economy of Transition
        Problems of reintegration into the world economy and dilemmas of transition from command to market economies. Topics may include new trade and investment patterns, role in regional and international economic organizations, search for appropriate exchange rate policies, impact of Western assistance. (Also listed as INAF 5802.)

    EURR 5103 [0.5 credit]
        Sustainability and Development in the Arctic: Transformations in the Circumpolar North
        The Circumpolar Arctic Region is undergoing rapid political, economic, social and technological development, which impacts sustainability. Climate, contaminants and biological diversity focus international attention. Nunavut, the Russian North, major developments, and international circumpolar regime formation will be discussed, with emphasis on environment and development. (Also listed as GEOG 5700.)

    EURR 5104 [0.5 credit]
        European Integration and European Security
        A seminar focusing on security issues related to the formation of supra-national decision-making structures in Europe. Also offered at the undergraduate level with different requirements, as EURR 4104, for which additional credit is precluded. (Also listed as PSCI 5608.)

    EURR 5105 [0.5 credit]
        European Economic Integration
        Economic issues and policies related to the process of European integration and the development of the post-World War II European Union.
        Prerequisite: ECON 1000.

    EURR 5106 [0.5 credit]
        Selected Topics in European Integration Studies
        Selected topics related to post-World War II European integration.
        (Also listed as PSCI 5609.)

    EURR 5107 [0.5 credit]
        Russia and the New World Order, 1992 to the Present
        An examination of how the Russian Federation has sought a place for itself in the world order since the collapse of the USSR.
        Precludes additional credit for EURR 4107.

    EURR 5108 [0.5 credit]
        Canada-EU Relations: Summer Module
        Relations between Canada and Europe in the context of European integration, with attention to policy issues affecting the relationship and/or areas of common policy challenges.
        Precludes additional credit for EURR 5106 and PSCI 5609 if taken in the summer of 2003-2004 or 2004-05. (Also listed as PSCI 5103).
        Prerequisite: previous course in European integration or permission of the instructor.
        Intensive two-week summer module.

    EURR 5200 [0.5 credit]
        Interdisciplinary Seminar on Russian, Eurasian and Transition Studies
        Particular issues in post-communist transition. Discussion of student research proposals.
        Precludes additional credit for EURR 5300.

    EURR 5201 [0.5 credit]
        Special Topics in European Studies
        Selected topics related to Europe and/or the European Union.

    EURR 5202 [0.5 credit]
        Special Topics in Russian, Eurasian, and Transition Studies
        Selected topics related to the communist and post-communist states and processes of transition they are undergoing.

    EURR 5203 [0.5 credit]
        Imperial and Soviet Russia
        Legacies of the tsarist empire and the Soviet Union that influence the region today. Topics include political culture, empire, socialism, class, gender, and non-Russian peoples. Also offered at the undergraduate level with different requirements as EURR 4203, for which additional credit is precluded.
        Also listed as HIST 5603.

    EURR 5204 [0.5 credit]
        Central Europe, Past and Present
        Evolution and current status of Central Europe from periods of foreign control in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries to independent statehood. Emphasis on national accommodations and conflicts.
        Also offered at the undergraduate level with different requirements as EURR 4204, for which additional credit is precluded. Also listed as HIST 5604.

    EURR 5300 [0.5 credit]
        Interdisciplinary Seminar on European and European Union Studies
        Particular issues in EU member countries as well as processes of European integration and EU enlargement. Discussion of student research proposals.
        Precludes additional credit for EURR 5200.

    EURR 5301 [0.5 credit]
        Internship and Applied Policy Skills
        A seminar accompanying an unpaid internship placement to develop workplace and applied policy skills. Relating applied experience to academic literature. Writing skills for an applied policy setting.  Also listed as EURR 4206, for which additional credit is precluded.
        Prerequisite: Open only to EURUS MA students with a minimum B+ average and placement in an internship position in the same semester or in the previous semester (based on a competitive application process).
        Internship placement: 12 days over 12 weeks.
        Seminars: six three-hour seminar sessions.

    EURR 5302 [0.5 credit]
        EU Summer Study Abroad
        This course is open only to students in approved summer study options in Europe, particularly the EU Study Tour.
        Prerequisite: approval of the Institute.

    EURR 5809 (0.0 credit)
        Seminar in European Integration Studies
        Each student must present a paper relating to European integration that was prepared for another diploma course. Diploma students are expected to attend presentations by other students and other seminar talks. Open only to students registered in the Diploma in European Integration Studies.

    EURR 5900 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in Russian-Area Studies
        Directed readings on selected aspects of the Soviet successor states, involving preparation of papers as the basis for discussion with the tutor. Offered to meet specific program needs.

    EURR 5901 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in Russian, Eurasian and Transition Studies
        Directed readings on selected aspects of Russian, Eurasian and Transition issues.
        Prerequisite: permission of the Institute.

    EURR 5902 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in European and European Union Studies
        Directed readings on selected aspects of European and European Union issues.
        Prerequisite: permission of the Institute.

    EURR 5903 [0.5 credit]
        Tutorial in European and European Union Studies
        Directed readings on selected aspects of European and European Union issues.
        Prerequisite: permission of the Institute.

    EURR 5908 [1.0 credit]
        Research Essay
        A research essay on a topic relating to European, Russian or Eurasian Studies.

    EURR 5909 [2.0 credits]
        M.A. Thesis
        Prerequisite: permission of the Institute.

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