Degree Requirements

MA European and Russian AFFAIRS  (ERA)

MA ERA is a multidisciplinary program with two main objectives:

  • to provide a well-rounded competence in European, Russian, and Eurasian affairs to individuals who will pursue professional, non-academic careers in areas such as government and diplomacy, journalism, business, and teaching;
  • to enrich and broaden the base of knowledge of beginning graduate students considering eventual PhD-level study in an academic discipline with a specialization in Europe, Russia, and/or Eurasia.

Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of two years of full-time study, during which they will take six full credits (a full-year course equals one credit; a half-year course equals one-half credit). Of the six credits at least two must be taken in a discipline selected by students as their major discipline, one must be ERE 2001Y taken in the first year of the program, and one must be ERE 2000Y which begins in the second semester of the first year and continues into the second year of the program. As part of ERE 2000Y, each student must write a Master’s essay (Major Research Paper or MRP) of approximately 30-40 pages, based on original research. The remaining courses must be drawn from at least two disciplines other than the major discipline. There is no European and Russian (ERE) major as such; the courses listed under ERE (other than 2001 and 2000) count toward program requirements in the disciplines such as history and political science. Some of the work in the program is based on the study of original texts and presupposes a reading knowledge of one or more languages of the region. For the language requirement, please refer to Foreign Language Requirement.

All ERA MA students are required to spend a period of time (either the summer between the first and second years or the fall semester of the second year) in the region. This can take the form of approved language study, an approved internship, or a formal exchange with a partner university. Students are required to spend a minimum of three semesters in residence.

Combined MA (ERA) / JD Program

In 1998, the Faculty of Law and CERES inaugurated a new program of study which allows students to prepare for a legal career with special expertise in Eastern Europe and Russia, and to complete the three-year JD and the two-year CERES MA in four years instead of five years needed to complete the two programs separately. Candidates must apply to and be accepted separately by CERES and the Faculty of Law. Students who have completed a year at CERES or the first year of the JD degree are eligible for admission with advanced standing.

Year 1 of the MA ERA/JD is the mandatory first-year program of the JD. In the following years, students must meet the following requirements:

  • ten half courses in ERA (as outlined above);
  • 45 credit hours (approximately fourteen to fifteen half courses) in law;
  • two half courses where the student chooses;
  • language requirement before the beginning of the final year.

Collaborative Graduate Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies

As of the academic year 2003/04, CERES is a member of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies. Students in the program must apply to and register with CERES and must follow a program of studies acceptable to both CERES and the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Program. Upon successful completion of the requirements, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies” on their transcripts, in addition to the MA in Russian and East European Studies.

Program requirements:

  • two half-courses in ethnicity from two different disciplines;
  • the half-year coordinating seminar in ethnicity (JTH 3000H: Ethnic Relations Theory, Research, and Policy);
  • it is understood that the MRP required by CERES will be in an area of ethnic studies.
  • For more information please visit http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ethnicstudies/graduate-program/ 

Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies

The Centre for Jewish Studies offers collaborative graduate degrees at the MA and PhD levels. The purpose of the collaborative degree is to institutionalize, enhance, and ensure the provision of a well-rounded training in Jewish Studies. Both in the MA and PhD collaborative programs, an effective balance is struck between the need for disciplinary depth and the need for interdisciplinary breadth. Upon successful completion, students receive, in addition to the degree in their home department, the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies.”
For more information please visit http://cjs.utoronto.ca/graduate/graduate-admission

Foreign Language Requirement and Testing

Reading competence in one of the region’s languages must be demonstrated by no later than the beginning of the second year of the program. Students are urged to take the proficiency test immediately on arrival. They should contact the Graduate Coordinators in the following departments to obtain language proficiency test schedules:

  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures: Julia Mikhailova julia.mikhailova@utoronto.ca
  • German Department: Professor Markus Stock at markus.stock@utoronto.ca
  • Italian Department: italian.grad@utoronto.ca
  • Spanish and Portuguese Department: Professor Nestor Rodriguez at spanish.graduate@utoronto.ca
  • French Department:
    The Department of French no longer offers the French reading exam. MA students interested in taking French in the French Department should plan ahead and register in the language courses offered and available to all University of Toronto students by following the procedures in place. The decision concerning the level of proficiency students need to attain in order to fulfill their language requirement rests with their home department.
  • All other European/Eurasian languages: Please see the Graduate Coordinator for information on proficiency testing.

Tuition Fees and Registration

Registration

For complete information on registration, please visit the SGS webpage on registration and enrolment.

Tuition Fees

Please consult your application package, the School of Graduate Studies webpage on graduate fees, and the SGS Calendar carefully. While CERES and SGS endeavour to assist students financially, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all applicable course fees and incidental fees are paid on time.

The fee schedule for 2016-2017 may be found on the website of the School of Graduate Studies: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Graduate-Fees.aspx.

EnrolLment

Your program of courses consists of courses offered directly by the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (ERE courses) and courses offered through the affiliated Departments.  You will be automatically enrolled in the two required core courses (ERE2001Y and ERE2000Y).  You can register yourself in any other ERE courses two weeks before classes begin. See Course Descriptions for ERE courses offered in 2016-2017. Students should consult with the Graduate Program Advisor, Katia Malyuzhinets, before enrolling in courses.  Katia’s office is located in Room 127N at the Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place.  To make an appointment with her you can call 416-946-8962 or request an appointment by email:  katia.malyuzhinets@utoronto.ca.

All non-ERE courses, with a few exceptions, are NOT available for registration before September 12, 2016.  To register for a non-ERE course, students must complete the ADD/DROP form and obtain the necessary signatures.  Please note that in some courses spaces have been reserved for CERES MA students. In other courses affiliated Departments normally wait until their own students have enrolled before enrolling ERA students.

NOTE: Students must be aware that although they may have requested, and been admitted to, classes offered in other departments, they will automatically be DROPPED from the course unless the ADD/DROP form has been properly completed, signed, and submitted.

Students may make changes to their course selection until late September. All changes must be approved by the Graduate Program Advisor.

Course selection should be made in consideration of the student’s chosen major and minor fields. Two kinds of exceptions will be considered upon petition by the student:

  • A student may be permitted to take one course or the equivalent which is in his/her major discipline but not in the European, Russian, or Eurasian area. For example, a course on international relations or economic planning may be permitted. This course will be in addition to the two ‘major’ courses, or the equivalent, which deal with Europe, Russia, or Eurasia. This option may be of particular appeal to students intending to go on to PhD study in the given discipline.
  • Students may be allowed to take one course or the equivalent in the form of an approved undergraduate course at the advanced level, i.e., with a 300 or 400 Faculty of Arts and Sciences number. This option is reserved for students requiring basic preparation in their chosen subject.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure there are no time conflicts between courses and consult all relevant departments directly before finalizing her/his study program.

Course Descriptions

Students in the Master of Arts program in European and Russian Affairs may, in addition to their required courses (ERE2001Y and ERE2000Y), select from a wide array of courses offered through other departments at the University of Toronto.  Please see the section below, Departmental Course Offerings.

Students are advised to consult departmental listings to confirm course offerings. ADD/DROP forms are required for non-ERE courses. *An asterisk indicates courses outside CERES for which places have been reserved for CERES students—these do NOT require the ADD/DROP form, but are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For courses with a dual undergraduate/graduate code, you must enroll using the graduate code.

All course selections must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator or Graduate Program Advisor.

Courses with a “Y” suffix are full-year, full-credit courses, which run from September to April. Half-year and half-credit courses with an “F” suffix are taught in the fall term (September to December), those with an “S” suffix in spring (January to April).

For courses with a dual undergraduate/graduate code, you must enroll using the graduate code.  Failure to do so will result in loss of credit for the course.

FALL SEMESTER COURSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12, 2016.

WINTER/SPRING COURSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 9, 2017.

 

Courses offered through CERES

ERE1151HS   East European Exiles: Political and Intellectual Migration in the Twentieth Century

Separation from one’s native culture through physical dislocation (as a refugee, migrant, émigré, exile, or expatriate) has been one of the most formative experiences in European history. Due to the cataclysmic political changes that occurred in the region, East-Central Europe has given rise to several consecutive waves of migration in the 20th century (1917-1919, 1933-1939, 1945-1948, 1956, 1968).  Through a survey of these waves, the course will study some key examples of how intellectuals fleeing the region (Gy. Lukács, Jakobson, Wellek, Karl Mannheim, the Polányi brothers, B. Balázs, Todorov, Kristeva) contributed to the establishment of new disciplines or the redefinition of traditional ones (film aesthetics, literary theory, comparative literature, sociology of knowledge, history of economy). (In addition to the usual focus on Westward movements, the course also deals with the Eastward direction of exile in the interwar period, that is, the fate of East-Central European politicians and intellectuals looking for shelter in the Soviet Union.)  We’ll be also concerned with how literary works by exiled writers (Crnjanski, Gombrowicz, A. Kristof, Márai, G. Mikes, Nabokov, Skvorecky) reflected on the trauma of displacement, how they used migration as a metaphor for the modern consciousness of alienation and restlessness, and how they witnessed their own identities to be maintained, suspended or lost, multiplied or hybridized in exile’s dynamic of longing and belonging.  This course may be counted toward Comparative Literature as a major or minor field course.

Thursday 4 – 6 pm
Location: Room 14352 (Scheybal Seminar Room), Robarts Library, 14th floor
Instructor: Hites
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ERE1165H1 (Summer or Fall) International Internship

 

ERE1195H1S Topics in Ukraine: Sibling Rivalry–Ukraine and Russia in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

In 2014, tensions between Russia and Ukraine boiled over as Ukrainians deposed a corrupt president seen as pro-Russian and Russia invaded its neighbour, justifying its annexation of Crimea with appeals to history. Russians and Ukrainians were quickly forced to take sides in the conflict, sometimes dividing families and sparking fierce clashes among friends. What explains these seemingly intractable arguments over history and politics? Why do they inspire such heated disagreement? This course investigates major forces and events that have shaped the Russian-Ukrainian relationship from the late 19th to the early 21st century. While foregrounding the Russian-Ukrainian axis in politics and culture, the course provides an overview of Soviet history for students who are unfamiliar with the topic. Students will explore the processes through which national identities are constructed (or not) in modern politics, learn how different Soviet leaders thought about nationalism and why their ideas mattered, and come to understand the importance of Ukraine to both Russian imperial and Soviet state building ambitions. Students will be asked to consider the intersections between language, culture, nationalism, and political mobilization in both the Russian and Ukrainian cases. Finally, students will be asked to interrogate the analytical categories that scholars have used to analyze the interconnections between Russian and Ukraine in the 20th century and ask whether they can be improved to account for the complexity of the relationship.

Thursday 12 noon – 2 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Dobczansky
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ERE1997H1Y Independent Reading Course 

ERE1198H1S Independent Reading Course

ERE1998H1S  Modern Greece in the Balkans and the European Union

OPEN BY APPLICATION ONLY:

This course is part of CERES’s new initiative in Hellenic Studies and is made possible with support from the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and the wider Greek-Canadian Community. The course will cover: Historical Introduction – Greece in the 20th Century (2 weeks); Greece, Turkey and Cyprus (2 weeks); Greece and Albania; Greece and FYROM/ROM; Greece and the EU (2 weeks); Greece and the United States; Financial Crisis and its aftermath; Greece, Populism and the far Right; Greece, Immigration/Migration. As this is a limited enrollment course, with up to 4 places for graduate students (two from Year 1 and two from Year 2), students will need to apply to participate.  This course includes a one-week research trip to take place in May 2017 (costs for transportation and accommodation as well as most meals will be covered).

Interested students are asked to submit a one-page research proposal for the field-work component in Greece. You will be writing a research essay based on the topics noted above for the class that will include a field-work component. In the proposal you are expected to identify a research question and provide a key list of a minimum of 5 potential stakeholders in Greece who will be interviewed.  Questions will be designed prior to departure. During the week-long stay in Greece, students will conduct interviews with their selected stakeholders and attend lectures and seminars. The interviews/seminars will then be integrated into the final research essay for the course. The research essay, which is expected to be 20 pages in length, will be due at the end of May 2017.

Proposal deadline:  5 PM – Friday, November 18, 2016 to robert.austin@utoronto.ca

Day and time: TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Austin
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ERE1999H(F) Independent Reading Course

ERE2000Y1 (Required course, begins January of the first year) Core Interdisciplinary Research Seminar

Thursday 2 – 4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: CERES-affiliated faculty
Term: starts in the Spring semester, continues into second year
Credit: 1.0

ERE2001Y1 (Required course for first year) Gateway Proseminar in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Tuesday 10 am – 12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Beltran, Light
Term: Fall-Spring
Credit: 1.0

 

COURSES OFFERED JOINTLY WITH CERES (limited spaces reserved for CERES STUDENts – NO aDD/dROP FORM REQUIRED)

COURSE ENROLLMENT OPEN SEPTEMBER 9, 2015

JRA2321H1F Topics in Comparative Politics V: Welfare Capitalism in Western Europe

This course introduces students to the main political institutions, processes and policies in Western Europe, with a particular focus on Spain, Portugal and Italy. It is divided into four parts. First, students will be presented with some common methodological approaches to the comparative study of political systems. Second, we will review relevant institutions in selected countries, such as models of government, party systems, voting behavior, and territorial organization and decentralization. Third, certain topics will be compared across these countries, migration, the Euro, and social policy among them. Last, the course will present the main characteristics of the European integration process, the current strategy of austerity and its consequences for national politics in each country.

Thursday 6 – 8 pm
Location: University College Rm 376
Instructor: Beltran
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JRA2321H1S Topics in Comparative Politics V: Western and Central Europe in the Twentieth Century

This course will present the characteristics and evolution of the so called European social models. We will review first the arguments and approaches of the varieties of capitalism literature. Then we will look at the way governments in Scandinavia, Continental and Anglophone Europe, and the Mediterranean region address key policies such as health care, education, unemployment insurance, and retirement pensions. Finally, we will review specific reforms in these welfare states in the light of recent economic and political developments, i.e. the global financial crisis, or the new role of markets and governments in the provision of public services.

Thursday 2 – 4 pm
Location: TC24
Instructor: Hansen
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

JRA2337H1F Government, Law, and Politics in Russia

Law in the governance of Russia, in the Soviet and post Soviet periods, including constitutional development, courts, business disputes, crime and criminal justice, corruption, cultural obstacles to legal order, and legal transition in comparative perspective. (Given by the Department of Political Science and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies)

Wednesday 12 noon-2 pm
Location: UC255
Instructor: P. Solomon
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JRA2391H1S Topics in Comparative Politics VI: The Politics of Immigration in Europe and North America

Immigration and citizenship raise fundamental normative and empirical concerns. In the former, there are questions about how open or closed the liberal democratic state’s borders should be; about whether the state has any defensible right to control immigration at all; about who should be entitled to national citizenship and under what circumstances; and about liberal democracy’s obligations to those seeking asylum. In the latter, immigration and citizenship have been at the centre of North American and European politics for three decades. The course will examine immigration, citizenship and asylum policy in Europe and North America. It will focus on the different strands of migration (economic, family, humanitarian), how the main receiving countries use public policy to address them. Finally, it will discuss the cause of and potential solutions to the global refugee crisis. (Given by the Department of Political Science and the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies)

Tuesdays 2-4 pm
Location: UC65
Instructor: Hansen
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5


 

DEPARTMENTAL COURSE OFFERINGS (Add/drop forms required)

IMPORTANT: ALWAYS CHECK WITH THE OFFERING DEPARTMENT FOR UPDATED TIMES/LOCATIONS/ETC.

 

ANTHROPOLOGY

A number of courses offered at the graduate level in Anthropology may be of interest to CERES MA students.  ADD/DROP forms are required, and enrollment opens to CERES students only after the department’s own students have enrolled. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.  For a complete list of course offerings in Anthropology, please view the department’s Graduate Course Descriptions and Course Schedule.

JSA5147H1S Language, Nationalism, and Post-Nationalism 

The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship between ideologies and practices of language and nation, from the period of the rise of the nation-State in the 19th century to current social changes related to the globalized new economy which challenge prevailing ideas about language and nation. We will discuss the role of language in the relationship between European colonialism and the construction of major European nation-States; the relationship between language and modernity and in reactions to it (from Esperanto to Fascism and Communism); post-war concerns about language, decolonization and development; language and citizenship in the welfare state; the commodification of language and identity in the current economy; language, post-nationalism, cosmopolitanism and globalization; and current debates on the ecology of language and language endangerment. Throughout we will also examine the role of linguists, anthropologists and other producers of discourse about language, nation and State in the construction of theories of nation, ethnicity, race and citizenship.

Tuesday 10 am -12 noon
Location: Rm 265
Instructor: Heller
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ANT6021H1S Political Anthropology: State, Power, and Sovereignty

This course examines anthropological approaches to the production and reproduction of political power, authority, and legitimacy.  Traditionally, anthropology sought to approach the study of political processes from the perspective of “stateless” societies. The goal was to destabilize ideas of “the state” by studying how people organize their political lives at its margins. Anthropologists have more recently begun to explore different modalities and histories of statehood and statecraft as well as questions of state absence and abandonment, including alternative forms of sovereignty, violence, and benevolence in different parts of the world. Readings may rang e from classical ethnographies of “stateless” societies to contemporary explorations of genealogies of power/knowledge,  the interplay of formal/informal sovereignties, and how such forms of authority unfold through micro-political practices. The course should be of interest to MA and PhD students seeking a deeper understanding of the structures of authority that shape their own lives and the lives of the people they study.

Wednesday 10 am -12 noon
Location: Anthropology Bldg Rm 367
Instructor: Muehlebach
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

 


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

A number of courses offered at the Centre for Comparative Literature may be of interest to CERES MA students.  ADD/DROP forms are required, and enrollment opens to CERES students only after the Centre’s own students have enrolled. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.  For a complete list of course offerings at the Centre for Comparative Literature, please view the Centre’s Graduate Course Descriptions and Course Schedule.

COL5044H1S A Journey from Petersburg to Los Angeles

The course examines the notion of “displacement,” signifying processes of change in and among places of dwelling, flight, production, and exchange through works of fiction, film, literary/cultural theory, and history. Recent theoretical works on place, space, cultural geography, literary and cinematographic archaeology will be examined through novels, films, and scholarly monographs. Starting with the reading of Marshall Berman’s chapter 2 “Petersburg: The Modernism of Underdevelopment” in his All That’s Is Solid Melts Into Air (1982), our journey moves to a series of texts displaying urban and rural spaces in Russia, China, Europe, and North America. Following Andrei Bely’s Petersburg (1913-14), we will explore the spaces of some utopian/dystopian landscapes of post-revolutionary Russia; the Paris of Benjamin’s Arcades project; the post-socialist space of a Romanian village; and end in the polycentric and fragmented urban space of Los Angeles. Further course material includes the following films: Chen Kaige’s 1984 Yellow Earth and Jia Zhangke’s 24 City (2008). The former is a post-Mao cinematic reflection on the foundational space of Chinese socialism, the latter presents its recent “modernization.” The film Outskirts (Okraina), by the late Petr Lutsik (1998) is a violent and dystopian meditation on post-Soviet “decollectivization,” whereas Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down(1993) showcases a case of post-modern homelessness in present-day Los Angeles through the violent rampage of a man at the end of his rope. The course is designed for students of comparative literature, history, film studies, and cultural geography.

Tuesday 1 – 3 pm
Location: Isabel Bader Theatre, 3rd floor, Linda Hutcheon Seminar Room (BT319)
Instructor: Lahusen
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

COL5037H1F Magic Prague: Questions of Literacy Cityscapes

This class will examine a variety of theoretical approaches to literary cityscapes and apply them to the myth of Magic Prague as launched by A. Ripellino and others and questioned by P. Demetz. A number of aspects connected with Prague will be studied based on texts by Guillaume Apollinaire, Jorge Luis Borges, Bruce Chatwin, Jaroslav Hašek, Bohumil Hrabal, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Gustav Meyrink, Jan Neruda, and
Rainer Maria Rilke. Readings in English and the original.

Wednesday 9 am – 12 noon
Location: Isabel Bader Theatre, 3rd floor, Linda Hutcheon Seminar Room (BT319)
Instructor: Ambros
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5


CRIMINOLOGY AND SOCIOLEGAL STUDIES

A number of courses offered at the graduate level by the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies may be of interest to CERES MA students.  ADD/DROP forms are required, and enrollment opens to CERES students only after the Centre’s own students have enrolled. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.  For a complete list of course offerings, please view the Centre’s Graduate Course Descriptions and Course Schedule.

CRI3120H Politics and Crime

This seminar will explore the making and developments of criminal justice and penal policies in the U.S.A., Canada, Western Europe and the U.S.S.R./Russia, the way authorities in those countries have defined and managed political deviance and the intrusion of politics into the administration of justice — especially in non-democratic settings. Attention will also be paid to the prospects for reforming criminal justice in Canada and to the consequences of 9/11 for law enforcement and the management of political deviance.

Not offered 2016-2017


GERMANIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

A number of courses offered at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures may be of interest to CERES MA students.  ADD/DROP forms are required, and enrollment opens to CERES students only after the Department’s own students have enrolled. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.  For a complete list of course offerings at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, please view the Department’s Graduate Course Descriptions and Course Schedule.

GER1661HF Modernism in Context
This course will examine the major writers of German and Austro-Hungarian modernism in the context of their age. We will pay particular attention to literary modernism’s relation—sometimes contentious, sometimes symbiotic—to philosophy and psychoanalysis (Marx, Nietzsche, Freud). Authors discussed will likely include Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Robert Musil, Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Schnitzler, and Hermann Hesse.

Monday 3 – 5 pm
Location: Odette Hall Rm 323
Instructor: Zilcosky
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JGF1773HS Autobiographical Documentary: History, Memory, and Performativity
It was arguably the international avant-garde of the 1950s that first inspired wider exploration of the camera’s potential as a technology of the performative self. Since then, first-person filmmaking has gained ground, dovetailing with disparate social trends across the decades, including those of the New Wave, and more recently, resulting in feature-length autobiographical documentaries that circulate at festivals and garner commercial appeal. Using the German cultural context as case study within a comparative framework, this interdisciplinary seminar draws on diverse theories of subjectivity, including recent scholarship in performance studies (Goffman, Butler, Phelan), Lacanian psychoanalysis, documentary theory (Gaines, Nichols, Odin, Renov), phenomenology (Sobchak), post-structuralism (Barthes, Derrida, Foucault), and theories of cultural memory (Assmann, Halbwachs, Nora) and of transgenerational trauma (Caruth, Felman, Laub). We will explore how the subjective stance navigates a line between exhibitionistic display and introspective narcissism and, in the process, also blurs the lines between public event and private experience, between national historiography and subjective memory, between families of origin and the bounded self. Consideration will be given to both socio-historical context and continuing innovations in narrative form (confession, diary, testimonial), including the nesting of different technologies (photography, Super 8, home video, archival newsreel, cell phone). Our chronology will include avant-garde and feminist filmmaking of the 1970s, but focus primarily on productions of the past 15 years, including: investigative family films by (grand)children of both Holocaust survivors and Nazi perpetrators, experimental queer cinema, reconstructed family historiographies of immigration to Germany, and mainstream features.

Monday 4 – 8 pm
Location: Innis Rm 223
Instructor: Fenner
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GER1785H F Remaking the Movies in German Cinemas
Frequently rejected out of hand by critics, the remake has been a quintessentially ‘bad object’ of film criticism. Yet the remake is as old as the cinematic medium itself. In many ways film is ‘repetition’ – the recycling of other films and literature. Films are forms of repetition in series, different cuts or versions (as the result of censorship, synchronization, restoration, etc). In fact the very first film by the Lumière brothers, La sortie de l’usine Lumière à Lyon’ (1895), exists simultaneously in three variations. And films are structured by repetitions in the form of intertextual associations, processes of cultural flow and exchange, visual and aural quotes, homages, etc. The course will explore the remake phenomenon in its historical, industrial, transnational and theoretical dimensions with a focus on films that intersect with German contexts – from remakes of Weimar classics, such as M and Nosferatu, to Hollywood reprises of German films, such as City of Angels, to self-conscious meditations on the nature of the remake itself, as in Wim Wenders’ The State of Things.

Wednesday 1 – 5 pm (including screening)
Location: Odette Hall Rm 323
Instructor: Soldovieri
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JGC1855HS  Critical Theory in Context: The French-German Connection
This course examines central theoretical issues in contemporary thought with particular attention to the role that the “Frankfurt School” and its affiliates such as Benjamin, Kracauer, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Habermas and others play in the context of modern German social and cultural thought. In France, thinkers like Levinas, Foucault, and Derrida respond to this tradition and enrich it. The course explores in which way the continuing dialogue between these thinkers informs current critical approaches to rethinking issues and concerns such as theorizing modernity, culture, secularization, multiculturalism, and the vital role of cultural difference.

Wednesday 3 – 5 pm
Location: Odette Hall, Rm 323
Instructor: Goetschel
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GER6000H1F Reading German for Graduate Students
In this course German reading knowledge is taught following the grammar-translation method designed for graduate students from the Humanities. It is an intensive course that covers German grammar with focus on acquiring essential structures of the German language to develop translation skills. The course is conducted in English, and consequently participants do not learn how to speak or write in German, but rather the course focuses exclusively on reading and translating German. Prior knowledge of German not mandatory. By the end of the course, students should be able to handle a broad variety of texts in single modern Standard German. This course is not intended for MA or PhD students in German.

Tuesday 3-5
Location: Carr Hall, Room 403
Instructor: TBA
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GER6000H1S Reading German for Graduate Students
In this course German reading knowledge is taught following the grammar-translation method designed for graduate students from the Humanities. It is an intensive course that covers German grammar with focus on acquiring essential structures of the German language to develop translation skills. The course is conducted in English, and consequently participants do not learn how to speak or write in German, but rather the course focuses exclusively on reading and translating German. Prior knowledge of German not mandatory. By the end of the course, students should be able to handle a broad variety of texts in single modern Standard German. This course is not intended for MA or PhD students in German.

Tuesday 3-5
Location: Carr Hall, Room 403
Instructor: TBA
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5


GLOBAL AFFAIRS

MGA’s Policy on Non-Departmental Enrollment in Elective Courses:

A select number of MGA elective courses have a certain number of spaces open to non-departmental students if the course is not full. The enrollment period for these spaces will run from September 21-28 2015. No enrollment will be considered before the 21st or after the 28th. Enrollment is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the MGA program and the course instructor. Priority for enrolment will be given to Year Two CERES students doing the Global Affairs option.

Students who are interested in enrolling an MGA elective may submit an SGS Add Drop Course Form listing the courses they would like to enroll in to the MGA Program Office from September 21st-28th. Students will be sent a confirmation e-mail if their enrollment is successful.

The SGS ADD/DROP course form must be completed and submitted to the MGA program office. Please contact the MGA Program Office if you have any questions: mga@utoronto.ca

GLA2005H1F Negotiating Internationally

From the US-Iran nuclear agreement to the UNFCCC climate conferences, international negotiations are shaping essential aspects of the world we live in. This course offers a practitioner’s perspective on how these negotiations take place, the effects of emergent small state and non-governmental actors within the international negotiating arena, and the types of skills required to engage in 21st Century bilateral and multilateral negotiations. The objective of this course is to enable students to analyze international negotiations from various stakeholder perspectives and to create successful negotiating strategies of their own.

Tuesday 5 – 7 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: TBA
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2010H1S Geopolitics of Cyberspace 

New information and communication technologies, such as the Internet, are widely believed to be transforming world politics. While these transformations have brought about important challenges to state power and authority, they have not eliminated power politics and the quest for security and competitive advantage among actors on the world stage. Today, states and non-state actors alike are seeking ways to exploit information and information systems to pursue political objectives. The control of information has long been widely seen as a source of political power, and is manifest today in competition over both the media and the messages of the global communications environment. From the filtering and interception of Internet traffic to the circulation of home-made videos by militant Islamists, a new geopolitics of information and communication technologies is underway.
The Geopolitics of Cyberspace course is an intensive examination of the ways in which states and non-state actors are contesting the newly evolving terrain of global digital-electronic-telecommunications. Topics covered include Internet censorship and surveillance, information warfare, computer network attacks, hacktivism, and governance of global communications. The course is organized as a series of intensive modules. One feature of the class will be a hands-on” analysis of censorship circumvention and network interrogation techniques at the Citizen Lab (http://www.citizenlab.org/).

Tuesday 2 -4 pm
Location:  Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Diebert
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GLA2015H1F Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection

This class explores how communities can design effective systems of social protection without sacrificing economic competitiveness. The course opens by addressing several misconceptions about the welfare state, including the connection between economic competition and social protection, the relationship between social spending and inequality, and the private provision of social protection. The second part of the course examines the politics of reform in four critical areas: Pensions, health care, unemployment, and childcare/maternity policy. The course concludes by exploring three contemporary challenges: Immigration and the welfare state, the politics of social protection in the Global South, and the challenge of designing global social safety nets. By the end of the course, students are expected to develop a politically feasible, economically competitive strategy to reform social policy in a community of interest.

Tuesday 10 am – 12 noon
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Ornston
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JMG2020HF Big Data and Global Cities: Solving City Problems with Data Analytics

As urban populations grow, cities need to provide basic services (e.g. water, sanitation, public safety, transit) and address the negative externalities associated with rapid growth (e.g. air and water pollution, congestion). Ultimately, cities will have to find the fiscal resources to pay for services and infrastructure. This course will provide an introduction to data analytics and show how these tools can be applied to a variety of city problems such as transportation gridlock, shortage of affordable housing, deteriorating water and sewer infrastructure, inadequate fiscal resources, and other problems. Each problem will be described, ways to approach the problem from a data analytics perspective will be determined, and the type of data available to analyze the problem and work toward solutions will be identified.

Monday 2 – 5 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Slack and Fox
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2090H1F Topics in Global Affairs I:  Intelligence and Special Operations

Twenty first century threats blur the boundaries between military and civilian affairs and between peace and war. Policymakers rely on intelligence to navigate a complex strategic environment, and they sometimes look to covert means to accomplish controversial objectives. Military commanders depend on intelligence to project power and conduct complex operations in foreign societies. Cyberspace in particular increases both the supply of and demand for intelligence, offering unprecedented data collection opportunities while also creating new threats to safety and security. This course examines the clandestine dimension of statecraft and conflict. Topics include the intelligence process, counterintelligence, space and cyber technologies, special operations and covert action, drone warfare, and the ethics of state secrecy.

Thursday 10am – 12 noon
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Lindsay

Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2090H1S Topics in Global Affairs I: Global Journalism

Journalism is an increasingly vital, but underused skill in a wide range of global professions. Development professionals need to train journalists to support emerging civil society. Leaders of global businesses, NGOs and government agencies are increasingly creating proprietary news organizations to raise the profile of issues central to their work. Advocates use the tools of journalism to advance their causes. And, of course, specialists of any type need journalism skills to tell untold stories in their disciplines. Many global professionals will deploy a combination of these skills in their careers. This course will help students gain a professional edge by introducing them to journalism tools they can integrate into their careers. Students will learn frameworks for training media in emerging civil society, and for developing proprietary news organizations in business and agency settings. They will also learn essential skills for their own journalism and advocacy. The course will be highly practical and geared toward students’ own career goals.

Thursday 10 – 12 noon
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Transit House
Instructor: Steiner
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GLA2091H1F Topics in Global Affairs II: Conflicts and Socioeconomic Development

This course will explore the links between violent conflict and socioeconomic development. The first part will first focus on the micro and macro-level processes that contribute to the outbreak of civil wars, insurgencies and political violence. It will explore the role of both state and non-state actors, and on exploring the variety and complexity of civil conflict in the contemporary world. The second part will investigate how conflict and political violence affect people’s lives at the household and community levels, looking, amongst others, at impacts on (a) health and education, (b) employment and growth and (c) on gender equality and gender based violence. The third part will then explore the links between civil conflict, economic outcomes and political dynamics at the national level, with a particular focus on the relationship between civil conflict, state institutions and good governance. To explore these questions the course will draw on a combination of theory and empirics, using detailed country specific and cross-country empirical evidence to critically understand the emergence of conflict and its consequences.

Tuesday 11 am – 1 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Transit House
Instructor: Salardi
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2091H1S Topics in Global Affairs II: Grand Strategy and Global Threats

Grand strategy is state policy governing the use of military force for national security interests. The contemporary threat environment is incredibly complex as a result of new technologies, economic globalization, and political economic transformation. The proliferation of nuclear weapons to new actors, the development of sophisticated conventional weapons in a number of states, ubiquitous dependence on cyberspace and satellites, and the emergence of global terrorism pose major challenges for the formulation of national security policy. This course examines the impact of sociotechnical complexity on grand strategy through historical case studies and assessments of contemporary challenges in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Wednesday 10 am – 12 noon
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Lindsay
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GLA2092H1S Topics in Global Affairs III: Humanitarian Practice

 NOTE: This course will run every other week.

This course will examine the ideals of humanitarian principles and contrast them with the reality on the ground in war zones and disaster areas.  The course will cover the history of the humanitarian movement, its ethics and goals, and contrast them with the goals of development work over the course of the past three decades.  In addition to lectures and seminar discussions, this course will expose students to humanitarian practice through case studies, role plays and interactive conversations with field workers.  Current and ongoing challenges to humanitarian work will also be examined in depth, including the blurring of military and security objectives with humanitarian goals, and the practice of humanitarianism in the context of political and security challenges.

Monday 12 noon -2 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Michalski
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GLA2093H1F Topics in Global Affairs IV: Government Relations

As Government continues to play a key role in the global economy, firms need to engage public officials and ensure that their business interests are taken into account by policymakers. This course examines the practice of government relations in Canada and in other jurisdictions such as the US, the EU and China. Through case studies in international trade, taxation and regulatory affairs, students will learn about the process of lobbying and strategically communicating with governments. Students will also draft advocacy plans and develop the ability to make clear and robust policy recommendations to C-suite executives and members of the board of directors. An interest in politics, public policy and an aptitude for cross-cultural fluency will be helpful for this class.

Tuesday 7 – 9 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Dupont
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2096HF Topics in Global Affairs V: Justice Reforms in Global Context: Measurement, Accountability, and Choice

The course investigates the politics of justice reform in global context by examining the ideas and indicators of crime, safety, and justice that are currently used by national governments, civil society organizations, and international institutions to govern justice. The course takes a comparative approach, analyzing policies and innovations that seek to advance justice, safety, and rule of law in a range of dissimilar countries. By the end of the course, students will be able to measure, evaluate, and account for justice or safety policies in a global context, and independently appraise the value of the goals and targets in new schemes for global governance.

Thursday 12 noon – 2 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Foglesong and Levi
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5


HISTORY

A number of courses offered at the Department of History may be of interest to CERES MA students.  ADD/DROP forms are required, and enrollment opens to CERES students only after the Department’s own students have enrolled. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.  For a complete list of course offerings at the Department of History, please view the Department’s Graduate Course Descriptions and Course Schedule.

HIS1031H1S Images as History

This seminar examines photography and photographs in three ways: historical, methodological, and conceptual. Historically, the seminar will cover the era of the photographic image, from its invention in the 1830s to the present. We will be especially concerned with examining the role that photography has played in shaping modern understandings of self, nation, and race. Historical monographs will be drawn from various national and transnational studies, with a primary but not exclusive focus on the Americas. The course, however, is designed for all students regardless of geographic area. In addition to examining relationships between photography, identity, and power, we will develop a set of conceptual and methodological tools for analyzing photographic images, carefully considering the status of photographs as primary sources for historical research. In terms of the conceptual, we will read and discuss foundational theoretical works, including key essays by Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, and Ariella Azoulay. Here, we will consider the ethics and politics of human visual experience as such. What does it mean to see and be seen? Who has “the right to look”? How has photography been used to separate, identify, and classify? How have photographs changed the kinds of claims that people could make in their respective private and public spheres?

Friday 1 – 3 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Coleman
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS1200H1F Readings in European Intellectual History

The course will introduce students to the methods and practices of intellectual history with a focus on the development of ideas in Europe from the Enlightenment to the present day. The books assigned in the course will be a combination of classic and exemplary works in the field, theoretical texts in related fields, and some of the best and most representative works recently published in the field. The aim is to give students a solid foundation in the methods and practices of intellectual history, an exposure to a breadth of approaches within the field and a sense of the trends in recent scholarship while also enabling them to engage with challenging theoretical works that will allow them to create their own unique approaches to intellectual history.

Thursday 2 – 4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Nelson
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1272H1S Twentieth Century Europe: World Wars

This course is designed to further the preparation of students for examination fields in twentieth-century German and European history. We will read major (new) works on the century’s central period and events — the two world wars, the Holocaust, the rise of fascism, the Cold War and the reconstruction of Europe, colonialism and decolonisation — as well as exploring the larger processes of transformation that span the century as a whole. These include the development of the modern social welfare state and the growth of a mass consumer society, the legacies of war and violence, ethnic nationalism and its discontents, and the strength and weaknesses of democratic political culture (with an emphasis on histories of gender and sexuality). Particular attention will be paid to Germany within Europe. We will also examine works which attempt to connect the two halves of the century – the histories of war and violence with those emphasizing democracy and reconstruction. These works seek to establish an overarching paradigm for the twentieth century, whether it be territoriality and the rise and fall of the nation state or the creation and destruction of political community.

Thursday 10 am – 12 noon
Location: TBA
Instructor: Bergen
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS1278H1S Topics in Twentieth-century German History: The Two Germanies in the Postwar Period

Tuesday 4 – 6 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Jenkins
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS1279H1F World War II in Eastern and East Central Europe 

Time and day TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Wrobel
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1282H1F  Totalitarian Culture

Wednesday 1 – 3 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Lahusen
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1287H1S Polish Jews since the Partitions of Poland

The history of the Polish Jews and of Polish-Jewish relations are among the most interesting and controversial subjects in the history of Poland. The Jewish experience in Poland can contribute to an understanding of the Holocaust and of the non-Jewish minorities in Central and Eastern Europe. The course will explore the history of Polish Jews from the Partitions of Poland to the present time, concentrating on the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries: the situation of Polish Jews in Galicia, the Congress Kingdom of Poland, and Prussian-occupied Poland before 1914; during World War I; in the first years of reborn Poland; in the 1930s; during WW II; and in post-war Poland. The course will examine the state policies of Austria, Prussia, Russia, and Poland towards Jews; the rise of Jewish political movements; the life of Jewish shtetls in Christian neighbourhoods; changes in the economic position and cultural development of Jewish communities in Poland, and the impact of communism on Jewish life. Materials for the course are in English. Sessions will focus on an analysis of primary sources, translated from Polish, German, Russian, Yiddish, and Hebrew, as well as on secondary sources, representing diverse interpretations and points of views.

Day and time TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Wrobel
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS1289Y Twentieth-Century Ukraine

Wednesday 3 – 5 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Magosci
Term: Fall & Spring
Credit: 1.0

HIS1296H1F Stalinism

A historiographical survey of the political, cultural and social history of the Soviet Union during Stalin’s years in power. Major emphasis of the course is on historiography, interpretation, and an introduction to sources. Key topics covered include collectivization, the Great Terror, the gulag, WWII, the Holocaust and postwar Stalinism. This course serves as basic preparation for a minor field in Twentieth-Century Russian history.

Tuesday 4 – 6 pm
Location: UC D301
Instructor: Viola
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1301H1F: History of Food and Drink

The field of food studies has emerged in the past few decades as a rich source of interdisciplinary research that also speaks to a broad audience beyond the academy. This class will introduce students to a wide range of approaches to the field from history and allied disciplines. Readings will cover all chronological periods from prehistory to the present and geographical areas from around the world. Because many scholars also teach classes on food, even if they research in other fields, we will also discuss teaching methods. Writing assignments will include weekly reviews and a historiographical term paper. Students should consider this class an opportunity to practice the art of writing clear, compelling prose, even if they adopt different styles in other venues. A part of each seminar will be devoted to “workshopping” student essays and practicing editing skills.

Wednesday 1 – 3 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Pilcher
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1840H1F  Empires in World War II

Thursday 1 – 3 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Jennings
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5


 NEAR & MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILIZATIONS

JNE2320H1F  Modern Turkey

This seminar examines the history and politics of Turkey since 1923.  It explores issues such as the Ottoman roots of Turkey’s early leadership, the establishment of the republic, Ataturk’s reforms and legacy, internal political and social transformations, and the country’s changing geopolitical role.  The course also explores some aspects of Turkish literature and culture.  No knowledge of Turkish is required.

Tuesday 12 noon – 2 pm
Location: Sidney Smith Rm 1086
Instructor: Methodieva
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

 


 POLITICAL SCIENCE

A number of courses offered at the Department of Political Science may be of interest to CERES MA students.  ADD/DROP forms are required, and enrollment opens to CERES students only after the Department’s own students have enrolled. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.  For a complete list of course offerings at the Department of Political Science, please view the Department’s Graduate Course Descriptions and Course Schedule.

JHP1289Y1Y     Twentieth-century Ukraine

World War I and revolutions in the Russian empire; the Ukrainian independence movement; the Soviet Ukraine and west Ukrainian lands during the interwar period; World War II and the German occupation; the Soviet Ukraine before and after the death of Stalin; the road to independence; Ukrainians in Europe beyond Ukraine. Socio-economic, cultural, and political developments. (Given by the Departments of Political Science and History)

Wednesday 3 – 5 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Magosci
Term: Fall and Winter/Spring
Credit: 1.0

POL2321H1F     Topics in Comparative Politics I: Parties and Party Systems in Comparative Perspective

This course provides an overview of the literature on comparative political parties. Our goal is to explore the main questions, puzzles and theories on the origins and nature of parties and party systems. Why do parties arise? How do institutions, societal cleavages and strategic action shape parties and party systems? Why do some countries have more parties than others? What explains differences in ideology and party organization? We will also study the effects of parties on the quality of democracy and governance, as well as their role in non-democratic regimes. Finally, we take a look at specific issues of party change, party system collapse, party competition, and party institutionalization in developed and developing democracies including the role of ethnic parties, the rise of extremist parties, the relationship between parties and clientelism, and the role of dominant parties.

Tuesday 12 noon – 2 pm
Location:  UC 67
Instructor: de Miguel Moyer
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2326H1S     Democracy and Dictatorship    

This course will provide an in-depth exploration of modern theories of the origins of democracy and dictatorship. The course will closely examine the comparative historical work on the subject. Special attention will be paid to European cases but significant comparisons will also be made with other areas of the world such as China, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Monday 4 – 6 pm
Location: Larkin Buuilding Rm 214
Instructor: Way
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2391H1S     Topics in Comparative Politics III: Democracy and Responsiveness in Europe

This course examines the relationship between what the public wants and what policies get enacted in contemporary European democracies. We will explore the roles of political parties, interest groups, local and regional governments, and the European Union. When asking how policy responds to the public, we will also ask which parts of the public are most influential. Do the wealthy have more influence than the poor? Do the opinions of ethnic majorities have a greater impact than those of minorities? How do different institutional setups shape these relationships?

Wednesday 12 noon – 2 pm
Location: University College Rm 148
Instructor: Donnelly
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2392H1S     Topics in Comparative Politics IV: State and Society in Central Asia and Afghanistan

This course surveys key issues regarding state and society in post-Soviet Central Asia and, to a lesser extent, Afghanistan. We cover state building, social mobilization, inter-ethnic relations, and the politics of religion. Our emphasis is on the past twenty years. Some background in the history or politics of the Soviet Union and/or South Asia is helpful, though not required.

Wednesday 2 – 4 pm
Location: University College Rm 255
Instructor: Schatz
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2429H1S Democracy and Ethnic Conflict

This course aims at exploring various facets of how democracy contributes to intensifying or reducing ethnic conflict. Many studies have suggested that democratic institutions in their early stage fuel ethnic violence. Yet, only democratic institutions can provide the kind of institutional channels that allow conflicts to be resolved through negotiation and compromise. We discuss the debates and theoretical propositions that arise from empirical studies on these issues. Some themes include ethnic and national identity; citizenship and identity politics; democratic transitions and ethnic conflict; autonomy and secession.

Monday 12 noon – 2 pm
Location:  Larkin Building Rm 213
Instructor: Bertrand
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5


SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

A number of courses offered at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures may be of interest to CERES MA students.  ADD/DROP forms are required, and enrollment opens to CERES students only after the Department’s own students have enrolled. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.  For a complete list of course offerings at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, please view the Department’s Graduate Course Descriptions and Course Schedule.

SLA1207H1F  The Imaginary Jew

This course examines the genesis and evolution of the image of “the jews,” central to all European cultures, from the theology and psychology of Christian anti-Judaism to their reflection in European arts and folklore, and to the survival of the “jewish” vocabulary of difference in secular forms in post-Christian cultures. Special attention is given to “the jews” of East European imagination and in Russian literature.

Friday 12 noon – 3 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Livak
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA1226H1S  Dostoevsky in Literary Theory

This course examines some of Dostoevsky’s most important works through the lens of novel theory. We will read several of Dostoevsky’s novels in chronological order, examining the evolution of his own thoughts on the novel as a genre from his first novel, Poor People, to his problematic penultimate work, The Adolescent.  Alongside the novels we will read works by several central novel theorists and Dostoevsky scholars, including Viacheslav Ivanov, Georg Lukacs and Mikhail Bakhtin, examine the influence of Dostoevsky’s novels on their understanding of the novelistic form and on the evolution of their ideas about the genre and its relation to history and modernity. Topics of discussion will include: the novelistic narrator; novelistic plot; novelistic narrative; time and space; the generic history and prehistory of the novel; the novel and the self; the novel’s relation to the present; novelistic subgenres including the Bildungsroman; the novel’s simultaneous status as fragment and totality; and the particular and the universal in novelistic representation.

Thursday 12 noon – 3 pm
Location: Alumni Hall Rm 105
Instructor: Holland
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1228H1F Themes in Russian Realism 

What is distinctive about Russian realism? The course will examine nineteenth century Russian realist fiction in relation to various theoretical approaches from Erich Auerbach to Roman Jakobson, and will read contemporary works of criticism or thought from Russia and Europe that may have influenced it. Readings will be in English, although students who know Russian or other relevant languages may do their reading in these.

Wednesday 2 – 5 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Orwin
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA 1239H1S  Nabokov

This course examines Vladimir Nabokov’s novels, written both in his “Russian” and “American” periods of creative activity. Special attention is paid to the nature and evolution of Nabokov’s aesthetics; the place of his Russian- and English-language novels in the European literary tradition; Nabokov’s creative uses of exile to artistic, philosophical and ideological ends; and the implications of the writer’s switch from Russian to English as his primary language of artistic expression. Taught in English.
All readings are in English. No prior knowledge of Russian literature and culture is required.

Friday 12 noon – 3 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Livak
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1315H1S Intellectual Tradition, Culture, and Literature

Wednesday 1 – 3 pm
Location: Alumni Hall Rm 402
Instructor: Trojanowska
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1402Y1  Ukrainian Modernism 

An examination of the modernist movement (1890-1914) in Ukrainian literature. Readings in the authors of the Moloda muza and the Ukrains’ka khata groups as well as other authors.  Among the issues examined in the course are questions of genre, gender, nationality, decadence, morality, social issues, and the relation of Ukrainian modernism to other modernist movements in European literatures.

Wednesday 12 noon – 2 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Tarnawsky
Term: Fall and Winter/Spring
Credit: 1.0

SLA1410H1S Gogol

Wednesday 3 – 5 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Koznarsky
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1605H1F Robots, Clowns, and Poets

Theatre has long played a key role in Czech culture and politics. The facts that the so-called Velvet Revolution of November 1989 took place in theatre and culminated with the election of the playwright Václav Havel as a president of Czechoslovakia confirmed the function of Czech theatre as a public forum. Modern Czech theatre, however, has also served as a ‘laboratory’ of dramatic and staging experiments, conceptualized by a number of theorists. In fact, as Keir Elam shows the scholars of the so-called Prague School initiated modern semiotics of theatre and drama.
We will analyze a number of modern Czech plays from Karel Čapek to Václav Havel and Daniela Fischerová using, where appropriate, the concepts of the modern Czech theatre as represented by directors such as E.F. Burian, Jindřich Honzl, O. Krejča and A. Radok as well as the theories of the Prague School. Readings in Czech and English. (Offered every three years)

Thursday 10 am – 12 noon
Location: TBA
Instructor: Orwin
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA 1610H1F  Havel

Václav Havel was one of the most complex figures on the European political and theatrical stage. His multifaceted oeuvre includes essays, plays, letters,  and speeches. This class explores the complexity of his oeuvre and his development as a writer, public figure, and eventually also politician in the context of recent political, literary and cultural history.

Monday 10 am – 12 noon
Location: TBA
Instructor: Ambros
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

COL5037H1F Magic Prague: Questions of Literacy Cityscapes

This class will examine a variety of theoretical approaches to literary cityscapes and apply them to the myth of Magic Prague as launched by A. Ripellino and others and questioned by P. Demetz. A number of aspects connected with Prague will be studied based on texts by Guillaume Apollinaire, Jorge Luis Borges, Bruce Chatwin, Jaroslav Hašek, Bohumil Hrabal, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Gustav Meyrink, Jan Neruda, and
Rainer Maria Rilke. Readings in English and the original.

Wednesday 9 am – 12 noon
Location: Isabel Bader Theatre, 3rd floor, Linda Hutcheon Seminar Room (BT319)
Instructor: Ambros
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5


SOCIOLOGY

A number of courses offered at the Department of Sociology may be of interest to CERES MA students.  ADD/DROP forms are required, and enrollment opens to CERES students only after the Department’s own students have enrolled. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.  For a complete list of course offerings at the Department of Sociology, please view the Department’s Graduate Course Descriptions and Course Schedule.

 

ENROLLING IN COurses in other DEPARTMENTS

Students interested in enrolling in courses offered by other departments cannot (unless the registration system allows them) enroll themselves but must seek permission of the instructor or graduate secretary of the department first and then complete an “Add/Drop” form indicating the course name and session, and the course meeting section. It must be signed in the following order by:

  • the student
  • the CERES graduate coordinator
  • the professor teaching the course
  • the graduate coordinator of the department which offers the course

The Add/Drop Forms can be found on http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/inform/stuforms.htm. Completed Add/Drop forms should be submitted to the CERES Graduate Coordinator.

Please note that some seminars, especially in History, are heavily enrolled. It is important that you contact the professor (via sponsoring department) in the course before or at the very beginning of the registration period and express your interest in taking her/his course. It is not possible for participating departments to guarantee places in their seminars for CERES students who enroll late in the registration period.

 

Financial Support

Students must familiarize themselves with the kinds of financial aid available and policies governing these awards. The Centre’s staff will recommend sources of financial support, but it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that applications are completed to meet the requirements and deadlines set by the granting organizations.

Funding Available through CERES

All students applying for admission to the MA program at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies are automatically considered for financial aid, PROVIDED THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 31.  Scholarship funding is provided on the basis of academic ranking by the Centre’s funding committee.  Students offered funding for their first year must maintain their academic standing to receive their second-year funding.

For special funds to handle unanticipated expenses students should apply to the bursary program of the School of Graduate Studies through the Centre’s office.

OGS and SSHRC APPLICATIONS

Students who meet the eligibility criteria are required to submit applications for funding from OGS and SSHRC. Eligibility notification will be given by mid-September. Deadlines usually fall early in the Fall semester. The Centre reserves the right to revise funding schedules based on the success of these applications.

Scholarship Opportunities Available to Non-CERES Students

Both CERES and non-CERES graduate students may be eligible to apply for funding from the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, to support study related to Germany.  Please visit the JIGES web page (http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/jiges/funding.html) for further information about these funding competitions. Other scholarship opportunities may become available from time to time. Check back on the web site for new information.

Laszlo T. Duska Memorial Fellowship

Awarded by the Council of the Faculty of Arts and Science to academically excellent graduate students who have taken at least one course related to Hungarian studies. Eligible students will be drawn from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures or other graduate units where research is focussed on Hungarian studies. Application not required. Value: annual income.

Connaught Scholarships

When you apply for admission to a graduate program for full-time studies at the University of Toronto by February 1, you are automatically considered for a Connaught Scholarship, valued at $12,000 plus academic fees.

There is no citizenship requirement for the Connaught Scholarship. All awards are allocated on the basis of academic excellence. Nominations are made by the department to the School of Graduate Studies and formal notification of awards is sent to successful applicants starting on or about April 1. No special fellowship application is required for this award. However, your application for admission should be complete with all supporting documentation (academic records, letters of reference, etc.). Students who apply for admission after February 1 may still be considered for this award provided funds are available at the time of admission.

The following scholarships are part of the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) Award

Ivan Bodnarchuk Scholarship in Ukrainian Studies

The Chair of the Ukrainian Studies Foundation has established a fund, the income of which provides an annual award to a graduate student enrolled in a program of courses in Ukrainian studies. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Apply to the Faculty of Arts and Science Student Awards Selection Committee by April 15 for the upcoming fall/winter session and by October 15 for the upcoming spring/summer session.

Robert Franklin Clark Graduate Fellowship in Ukrainian Language and Literature

The Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies has endowed funds for a fellowship for award to one or more students who are pursuing studies in the field of Ukrainian language and literature. Value: annual income.

Dmytro and Natalia Haluszka Scholarship in Ukrainian Studies

The Chair of the Ukrainian Studies Foundation has established a fund, the income of which provides an annual award to a graduate student enrolled in a program of courses in Ukrainian studies. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Apply to the Faculty of Arts and Science Student Awards Selection Committee by April 15 for the upcoming fall/winter session and by October 15 for the upcoming spring/summer session.

Hungarian Helicon Foundation (Ontario) Graduate Award

Awarded to a graduate student pursuing advanced studies in any aspect of Hungarian studies. Recipient is selected on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. Application consists of a nomination from the student’s graduate unit, a letter of recommendation, transcripts, a research proposal from the applicant, and an OSOTF financial needs assessment form. Deadline: end of April. Value: annual income.

Dr. Roman Turko and Yaroslawa Turko Scholarship in Ukrainian Studies

Funds from the estate of Yaroslawa Turko have been used to establish a fellowship for award to undergraduate or graduate students studying courses related to the Ukraine. The award is based on financial need; however, academic merit will also be considered. Value: annual income.

Endowments at CERES

Our generous of donors have endowed a number of fellowships and awards to provide sources of financial support in addition to University-awarded scholarships.  The endowment fellowships are available only to CERES MA students.

Marija Aukstaite Graduate Student Award

Established by A. Franks Hylands. It is awarded to graduate students whose projects relate to Lithuania in whole or in part.

George Babits Fellowship in Hungarian Studies

Established by Mr. George A. Babits and matched by GSEF. It is awarded to a graduate student(s) in the Hungarian Studies Program in the Department of Slavic Language and Literature, and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), on the basis of academic merit.

Karel and Ellen Buzek Fellowship

Established by the Karel Buzek Czech Cultural Organization and matched by OSOTF and EAF. It is awarded to graduate students studying at CERES on the basis of financial need, where academic merit will also be considered. OSOTF

Rudolf and Rosalie Cermak Graduate Fellowship

Established by Josef Cermak and matched by OSOTF and EAF
It is awarded to graduate students affiliated with CERES, who are pursuing advanced study of the Czech Republic. Awards will be made on the basis of financial need and academic merit.

Daniel and Elizabeth Damov Graduate Fellowship

Established by Daniel and Elizabeth Damov and matched by EAF, It is awarded to a graduate student(s) affiliated with CERES, with a preference given to students studying Bulgaria and the Balkan region.

Ilona Diener Fund

Established by the Diener Family
It is awarded to a graduate students participating in the University of Toronto Central European University Graduate Student Exchange Program.

Veneta and James Elieff Fellowship

Established by Mrs. Veneta Elieff
It is awarded to graduate students affiliated with CERES studying for/or conducting research on Bulgaria, on the basis of academic merit.

Veneta Elieff and Danny Filipovic Fellowships in Balkan Studies

Established by Danny Filipovic
It is awarded to CERES MA students pursuing an internship, exchange, or research activities in the Balkans.

Rudolf and Viera Frastacky Graduate Fellowship

Established by the family and friends of Rudolf and Viera Frastacky and matched by OSOTF and EAF. It is awarded to graduate students affiliated with CERES. Awards will be made on the basis of financial need, where academic merit will also be considered.

Hungarian Chamber of Commerce Graduate Exchange Fund

Established through the generous donations by Various Donors. It is awarded to graduate students participating in an exchange program between the University of Toronto and Central European University, on the basis of academic merit.

Husky Energy Graduate Student Award in Hungarian Studies

Established by Husky Energy Inc. and matched by GSEF
It is awarded to a graduate student(s) in the Hungarian Studies Program in the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), on the basis of academic merit.

Petro Jacyk Graduate Scholarships in Ukrainian Studies

Established by Petro Jacyk. It is awarded to graduate students studying Ukrainian Studies at CERES.

Karel Kukula and Family Graduate Award

Established by Mrs. Vlasta Scheybal and matched by OSOTF and EAF
It is awarded to a graduate student, Master’s or PhD, undertaking research on Czech history, society and culture. Academic merit and financial need will be considered.

Irma and John Papesh Graduate Award

Established by Mrs. Irma Papesh
It is awarded to graduate students whose research focus includes Slavic studies, with a preference for Czech and Slovak studies. Academic merit and financial need will be considered. OSOTF

H. Gordon Skilling Fund

Established through the generous donations of Various Donors and the Mellon Foundation and matched by OSOTF and EAF
It is awarded to graduate students affiliated with CERES, who are pursuing advanced study of a country of the region covered by the Centre’s mandate. Academic merit and financial need will be considered.

Jan and Georgina Steinsky Sehnoutka Graduate Award in Czech Studies

Established by Jan and Georgina Steinsky and matched by OSOTF
It is awarded to a graduate student whose research focuses on the Czech Republic, where financial need will be considered.

George and Helen Vari Fund

Established by the George and Helen Vari Foundation
It is awarded to graduate students participating in the University of Toronto Central European University Graduate Student Exchange Program.

Graduate Awards Office of the School of Graduate Studies/Government Funding

Financial support is available to highly qualified graduate students from a variety of sources at the University of Toronto and through federal and provincial government programs, although support cannot be guaranteed to all graduate students who apply. Advice may be obtained from the Fellowships & Loans Officer, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, tel: (416) 978-2379, fax: (416) 978-2864, email: graduate.awards@utoronto.ca.

Please visit the website of the SGS Awards Office at http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money.htm.

Awards

Ontario Graduate Scholarships
Financial support is available from the provincial government through Ontario Graduate Scholarships, valued at $15,000. Deadline for submission of application to CERES is October 17. Sixty of these awards are available to visa students. Students entering the first or second year of graduate studies must have an average of at least A- (or the equivalent) on the last 20 one-term/semester courses or the last two full years of study. Application forms are available from Jana Oldfield (room 125N) and may also be downloaded from the OGS website:
http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support/provincial.htm
Toll free number: 1-807-343-7247.

SSHRC Master’s Scholarships
Financial support is available from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through Master’s Scholarships, valued at $17,500. Deadline for submission of application to CERES is November 14. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Students entering the first or second year of graduate studies must have an average of at least A- (or the equivalent) on the last 20 one-term/semester courses or the last two full years of study. Application forms are available from the SSHRC website: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support/federal/sshrc.htm.

SSHRC Doctoral Scholarships
If you are in the second year of the CERES MA program and are considering pursuing a PhD at a Canadian university, you may apply for an SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship valued at $19,000 through CERES. Deadline is October 17. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Students must have an average of at least A- (or the equivalent) on the last 20 one-term/semester courses or the last two full years of study. Application forms are available from the SSHRC website: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/informationfor/students/money/support/federal/sshrc.htm.

International Scholarships: Government of Canada
“Canada is committed to participation in international study and research partnerships that build understanding among peoples, develop global citizens and leaders, and contribute to the development of nations.” Please visit http://www.scholarships-bourses.gc.ca/scholarships-bourses/index.aspx/gca/nc_GCAMEX-en.html. Additional information may be obtained at the appropriate Canadian Embassy.

Undergraduate Scholarships: Hungarian Studies

The Hungarian Studies Program has a number of scholarships available to students taking courses in Hungarian Studies. Interested students should consult with the Hungarian Studies Program Coordinator about the application process.

Dr. Zoltan Mester Scholarship
• Established through the generous donations from the family and friends of Zoltan Mester.
• (For Any Year) – Student in Hungarian Studies on the basis of need and ability.

Husky Energy Hungarian Student Exchange Program
• Established through a generous donation from Husky Energy Inc.
• (For Any Year) – To support the travel and tuition costs of undergraduate and/or graduate students in the Hungarian Studies Program wishing to take advantage of exchange and/or study abroad opportunities. Academic merit and financial need will be considered.

Karoly Szel Undergraduate Scholarship in Hungarian Studies
• Established by Marcella Szel and supported through donations of friends.
• (For Any Year) – Awarded to students in the Hungarian Studies Program on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Rakoczi Prize in Hungarian
• Established by the Rakoczi Foundation.
• (For Any Year) – Awarded to outstanding students in any year, either full-time or part-time, who have achieved an A average and who obtain the highest standing in the Hungarian course(s).

Szechenyi Society Inc. Undergraduate Scholarships in Hungarian Studies
• Established through a generous donation from the Széchenyi Society Inc.
• (For Any Year) – Awarded to students in the Hungarian Studies Program on the basis of financial need and academic merit.

Funds for Undergraduate Students coming from the Czech Republic

Maria and George Hanus Scholarship
To be awarded to an undergraduate student coming from the Czech Republic to take part in an established exchange program between a Czech University and the University of Toronto. The student must be registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Ladislav and Maria Kroupa Scholarship
Awarded to an undergraduate student coming from the Czech Republic to take part in an established exchange program between a Czech University and the University of Toronto. The student must be registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Martina and Milan Plch Scholarship in Czech Studies
Awarded to an undergraduate student coming from the Czech Republic to take part in an established exchange program between a Czech University and the University of Toronto in the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Students interested in these scholarships must be formally nominated by either Charles University or Masaryk University to take part in an exchange at the University of Toronto.

Loan Programs

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
The federal and provincial governments provide financial support to qualified students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Ontario through Canada Student Loans and/or Ontario Student Loans. Residents of other provinces are eligible for Canada Student Loans through their home province. Application forms are available online at osap.gov.on.ca. For further information and assistance, please contact the Admissions and Awards Office, 315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A3; tel: (416) 978-2190; email: osap@adm.utoronto.ca.

U.S. Student Loans
Permanent residents and citizens of the United States can obtain information and applications for the USA Federal Direct Loan Program, http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm-awards/html/financial%20aid/government/usapp.htm. For further information and assistance, please contact e.lennox@utoronto.ca.

Internships and Exchange Programs

Internships

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Exchange Programs

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Ukraine: The University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv

This exchange is open to MA and PhD students in all fields who have a record of academic excellence. The successful candidate will spend one semester (September-December or January-May) studying at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. The level of financial support varies and may include the cost of travel, a living and housing stipend, and overseas health insurance.

Established in the 17th century by the Metropolitan Petro Mohyla, the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy became a widely respected educational institution and a centre for the development of Ukraine’s first national political, cultural, and government elite.

The Academy was closed in 1817 by the Russian tsarist government. In 1992, after a 175-year hiatus, the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy was reinstated as a secular teaching institution, becoming a symbol of the rebirth of independent Ukraine. The Academy was granted the status of “National University” in 1994.

Widely regarded as the principal school in Ukraine for the social sciences and humanities, the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is also a leading centre for social and political research. Some 3000 students from across Ukraine and abroad receive their education from leading Ukrainian and western scholars. The Academy has become a centre for the promotion of democratic values in Ukraine, and its students are actively involved in the political life of the country.

The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is a bilingual institution: courses are taught in Ukrainian and English. Approximately 40 per cent of the library holdings are in foreign languages, primarily in English. Exchange students can also take advantage of being in the capital of Ukraine, the site of major government and legislative bodies, non-governmental organizations, and the richest state libraries and archives.

Visit Kyiv-Mohyla Academy website: http://www.ukma.edu.ua/

How to Apply

To apply for the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy exchange, please send: a Statement of Purpose (up to 750 words) which details your research interests and reasons study at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy;

2 letters of reference from individuals who are qualified to judge your academic achievements; all university transcripts. Letters of reference and transcripts should be sent directly from the referee and institution to CERES.

DEADLINE: Applications should be received in full at CERES by February 14. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7
Canada

Nancy Park Travel Scholarship to Russia

Nancy Park was an outstanding student who graduated from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1994. She died suddenly in 1998, and her friends and family established the Park Fellowship to keep her memory alive. The fellowship will be awarded to graduate students or advanced undergraduates whose program includes at least one joint graduate/undergraduate course. The recipient must have completed or be currently enrolled in a third year Russian language course or equivalent, and be registered in one of the following disciplines: Russian language and literature, history, law, music, women’s studies, art or art history. The recipient must undertake an internship in Russia, for a minimum of eight weeks, with a total stay in Russia of at least ten weeks, with a governmental or non-governmental, not-for-profit organization whose mandate is aimed at improving the daily lives of Russian people or making Russia a more just society.

Apply to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures by January 15. Applications should include a detailed statement of intentions, including a work plan of activities to be carried out in Russia; two letters of reference, including one from a recent Russian language professor; commitment to organize an oral presentation of the results of the trip to the University community within four months of the return to Canada; commitment to prepare a short report on the internship to be used by future interns.

Nancy Park Travel Scholarship
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Toronto
Alumni Hall, 4th floor
121 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4
Canada

 

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