GLOA 400: Global Affairs Capstone

GLOA 400-003: Post-Soviet Life
(Fall 2019)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Krug Hall 210

Section Information for Fall 2019

In this course, we will explore the “fall of communism” and how the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe have transformed since 1989. What exactly happened in the late 1980s and specifically in 1989? Why did the Soviet Union end? We then turn to the ways that people have sought to survive and create new cultural and political practices within the market relations and commodification in the post-Soviet era. We will explore a wide range of topics, including commodification, nationalism, environmentalism, politics, violence, vampires, workers, gender, the self, religion, vacation houses, memory, and socialism today. We will compare experiences across post-Soviet space: Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union (including Central Asia and the Baltics), Cuba, Nicaragua, and Mozambique. We will also consider the United States as part of post-Soviet life. Finally, how do people remember the socialist past? How are they reestablishing relations with the Soviet past to envision their future?

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Students draw from interdisciplinary core and concentration coursework in order to synthesize, compare and consolidate the various approaches and theories explored throughout the major through a focus on a pressing global issue. Additionally, course is designed to further develop research, writing, presentation, and organizational skills.May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of GLOA 101 or SOCI 120 and 18 credits in major.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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