Course code: ÖCKR10
Credits: 15

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below is about autumn semester 2024. The course was also given earlier. Choose semester above for more information!

Study period: autumn semester 2024
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, distance course
Study period: 2024-09-02 – 2025-01-19
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-E1074
Eligibility: To be admitted to the course, students must have 90 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences subjects.


Ukraine and Belarus have experienced tremendous political changes over the past decade. And events are still unfolding. This course will help you get a better understanding of the social and political forces that is driving this change and the historical context they develop within.

The course critically reflects on theoretical approaches and concepts applied in studies of Belarus and Ukraine, such as postsocialism, postcolonial space, democratisation,and neoliberal transformations. It looks at how events and processes in Belarus and Ukraine are shaped by tensions between “the West” and “the East”, while also focusing on the local, regional and national subjectivities. It also relates Belarus andUkraine to transnational challenges and themes such as migration, authoritarianism,and memory politics.

Furthermore, the course deals with specific social and political themes characterising contemporary Belarus and Ukraine. One the one hand, it focuses on socio-cultural processes and phenomena such as nation-building, the development of civil society, social stratification and inequality, and the issue of minorities. On the other hand, it inquires into political developments in Belarus and Ukraine such as the politics of security, protests and revolutions.

Included parts

  • Introduction: Background and Concept, 3 credits
  • States, Nations and Political Transformations in Belarus and, 6 credits
  • Society and Culture in Belarus and Ukraine, 6 credits

Important dates – autumn semester 2024

First Admission Round / Internationell ansökningsomgång

Afternoon distance Lund, part time, 50 %
In English
September 2, 2024 – January 19, 2025

Closed for applications

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

Full course tuition fee: SEK 31,250
First payment: SEK 31,250
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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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