Baltic Politics and Society Today
Winter Quarter 2018, Meeting Times: Monday and Wednesday, 7:00-9:20 pm, Savery Hall 130
Instructor: Guntis Šmidchens Office: Raitt Hall 305 T e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (206) 616-5224
This interdisciplinary course gives an intensive introduction to social, political and economic issues in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today. In Winter 2018 the course will focus on assessing recent and upcoming elections in the Baltic, and developments in regional security.
- Know the political, economic and social institutions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today
- 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
Grades (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 p. each) 30%
- One brief expanded into a research paper (8-15 pages) 20%
- Participation in class and online discussion: 50% (10% discuss assigned readings; 20% contribute to discussions of online news; 20% critique oral and online presentations by classmates)
- 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 through the UW Library website.
- Aldis Purs, Baltic Facades (London: Reaktion Books, 2012).
- Online articles and resources listed in the lecture schedule