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HI260 - Nation and Memory in Russia, Poland and Ukraine 1800 to the Present

  • Module code: HI260
  • Module name: Nation and Memory in Russia, Poland and Ukraine 1800 to the Present
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module has an interdisciplinary, cultural history approach, examines the relationship between memory and nation and will strengthen the teaching in the areas of Eastern European and Russian history. The module aims to acquaint students with different concepts and definitions of nation, nationalism and collective memory, and with the role of cultural factors in nation building. The focus is on Eastern Europe, in particular on Russia, Poland, and the Ukraine.

Principal learning outcomes

Expected learning outcomes: To gain familiarity with a wide range of sources (from historiography to works of art), connected with processes of nation building in Eastern Europe; To understand the importance of cultural factors, shared memories and shared forgetting, common suffering and cultural artefacts in nation building; To get an overview of Polish, Ukrainian and Russian history; To be able of analysing visual as well as text sources; To become acquainted with modern methods of presentation (PowerPoint); To write essays based on an up-to-date understanding of the state of the historical debate.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught through 20 one-hour lectures, 15 one-hour seminars of 8-12 students, and individual tutorials to discuss and provide feedback on essays. Students are asked to participate actively in discussions.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HI260-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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