Course code: EUHR07
Swedish title: Europastudier: Ryssland och Östeuropa - nutid och dåtid
Credits: 15
Programme affiliation: Part of Master of Arts Programme in European Studies

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2023.

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, distance course
Study period: 2023-08-28 – 2024-01-14
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: Completion of 90 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be in European Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies, Russian Studies with a specialization in literature/culture, or equivalent. English 6/English Course B.

Application code: LU-E1050

Application code: LU-30650

Introductory meeting: 2023-08-29 at 16:00 – 18:00

Teachers: Niklas Bernsand, Tomas Sniegon


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The course focuses on historical processes and their role in identity building in modern Russia and its three neighbouring countries - Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, which all were included into the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics before 1991. Borderline events of Russian and Soviet history before and after 1917 (such as the Bolshevik October Revolution, the Famine and Great Terror of the 1930s, the World War II/Great Patriotic War, the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Bloc and Soviet Union in 1989 and 1991) are therefore studied and discussed in their historical context as well as from new post-Soviet and post-communist perspectives. Which history – old or recent - is found worth remembering and which is to be “forgotten”? How are the most important events being included into various historical narratives in order to give different meanings and develop new collective (national, religious, political etc.) identities? Who are the main activists behind these processes? And how have the developments in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova since 1991 been related to the process of Europeanization, i.e. attempts to create a new, all-European identity?


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

European Studies

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