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SCAND 590 A: Special Topics in Scandinavian Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
CMU 228
Joint Sections: 
SCAND 455 A, JSIS A 455 A, JSIS 589 B
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Guntis Šmidchens

Syllabus Description:

For more information about this course, contact the instructor, .


Course Description

This interdisciplinary course gives an intensive introduction to social, political and economic issues in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today. Course content varies from year to year.

In Autumn 2016 the course will focus on current developments in regional security. While studying developments in all three countries, we pay particular attention to the national parliamentary elections in Lithuania, scheduled for October 9, 2016.


Course Objectives

  • Learn about the political and economic institutions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today;
  • Learn how to find and find and use a variety of primary sources to study contemporary issues in the Baltic
  • Follow breaking news to identify critical current issues in the Baltic.
  • Prepare analytical briefs about current political and social developments in the Baltic


(students must pass all four components to pass the course)

  • Three briefs on current issues in the Baltic, presented in class, revised and posted online (2-3 pages each) 30%
  • A research paper (8-15 pages) 20%
  • Participation in class and online discussion: 30%
  • Quizzes on assigned readings: 20%


Daunis Auers, Comparative Politics and Government of the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 21st Century (Palgrave, March 2015). [Available as an e-book at the UW Library - log in to the library catalog to access it]

Aldis Purs, Baltic Facades (London: Reaktion Books, 2012). [on sale at UW Bookstore]

Online articles and resources listed in the lecture schedule

Additional Details:

Jointly offered w/ SCAND 455 & JSIS 455/589

Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:19pm