Course code: ÖCKR02
Credits: 15
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in East and Central European Studies

Study period: autumn semester 2022
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2022-08-29 – 2023-01-15
Language of instruction: English


History, Culture and Society of Central, East and Southeast Europe

In this course you will study the historical, political and cultural development in East and Central Europe with a focus on the formation of democracy and civil society, as well as the problems associated with this process in the 20th and 21st centuries.  The course provides you insight into issues connected with the creation of different identities and values, as well as the historical processes that have driven nationalism's growth, internationalisation, Europeanisation and globalisation. 

The course is divided into different components that cover the East and Central European region as a whole, as well as selected problems from different parts of the region. Based on both theory and empiricism, studies focus on the similarities and differences, as well as continuity and discontinuity, in the development of Eastern and Central Europe as a whole and as different smaller regional units and nation states.

You will also learn about the extent to which the historical, political and cultural development in the region can be regarded as different from the rest of Europe, as well as distinctive cultural features and normative positions that are considered to be specific to the region. The course also addresses the issue of why East and Central Europe's democratisation processes have become more complicated and problematic in recent decades.


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.

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Central and Eastern European Studies

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