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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2012–2013
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
SOS6.5.3 Anthropology of Eastern Europe 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Sosiaalitieteiden tutkinto-ohjelma
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

General description

The course will look at the social and cultural complexities of the Eastern Europe in the context of its socialist past and post-socialist preset. It will introduce the Easter Europe from the anthropological perspective, privileging the perspective of “ordinary people” and everyday lives.  It will show how anthropology may help to account for the fall of the socialist system and the transformations the fall ensued. The course will shed light on the construction of the Eastern-Western Europe boundary in the academic and popular discourse and the similarities and differences across the Eastern European countries. It will help to understand the mechanisms of centrally planned economy and the everyday life under real socialism. It will address issues of “transition” to capitalism and democracy; changes in the intimate family and gender relations; the emergence of “new” social identity movements; new patterns of social stratification and exclusion; the ethnic and religious differences and meaning of nationalism in the post-socialist period. The course will also introduce the theme of transnationalism and external migration taking place throughout the region.

Enrolment for University Studies

Priority is given to students in social anthropology, sociology and social psychology.

Enrolment time has expired


Anna Matyska, Teacher responsible


22-Jan-2013 – 19-Mar-2013
Seminar 8 hours
Tue 22-Jan-2013 - 19-Mar-2013 weekly at 14.15-15.45, Linna 5014, Ei opetusta tiistaina 5.2. eikä tiistaina 12.2.2013 /No classes on Tuesday 5.2. and 12.2.2013
Fri 25-Jan-2013 - 15-Mar-2013 weekly at 14.15-15.45, Linna 5014
Lectures 22 hours


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

The course will consist of lectures, student presentations and a final essay.