UMAIE Course Number: T3905
SAU Course Equivalency: PSCI 319, Comparative Politics (4 credit hours)
Instructors: Dr. Kenneth Kemp, Philosophy, and Dr. Steven Hoffman, Political Science, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Prerequisites: 100-level PSCI course or instructor permission
Tentative Dates: January 2-27, 2013. SAU Spring semester begins January 16.
Location: Lublin, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; Minsk, Belarus and Vilnius, Lithuania
Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania have historically been pulled between east and west. At various points in their history, they have been dismembered to serve the interests of Russia, Germany, or the west generally. At other times, they have been autonomous though never fully free of the need to balance the competing interests and perspectives of East and West. The current historic movement towards European integration is simply another moment in this constant discourse between East and West.
Local speakers and their personal stories will be called upon to illustrate the daily consequences of this historic phenomenon. The course will also utilize local spaces and places (i.e., markets, churches, theatres, town squares, offices of local advocacy organizations, etc.) to illustrate the complexities that European integration is imposing upon the population, including those that are resisting the change to a more fully westernized society.
Priority Deadline: April 13, 2012
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 13 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.