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 chosen primary discipline (examples: History or Political Science), one must be ERE2001H taken in the first semester 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 ERE2000Y, each student must write a Master’s essay (Major Research Paper or MRP) of approximately 30-40 pages, based on original research. At least 0.5 FCE must be earned either in an approved program-related internship or in an approved academic exchange abroad. The remaining two full credits must be drawn from any discipline(s) relating to the student’s course of study other than the chosen primary discipline.  Students can take courses in any department with the approval of the instructor and the graduate coordinator provided that the student submits course work related to the region. 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 minimum of 10 weeks (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, which must focus on Europe, Russia or Eurasia, or a formal exchange with a partner university. Students are required to spend a minimum of three semesters at CERES.

ALL ERE MA students are required to maintain a minimum of B+ average to remain in “good standing” in the graduate program.

You are in good standing when you maintain the requirement of minimum grade performance in course work among other degree requirements. Your eligibility for funding and registration in the program may be affected if you do not remain in good standing or if you do not make satisfactory progress, so it is important to meet with your adviser regularly and ask for feedback on your progress.

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.

Requirements:

  1. In the first year of the program students complete all first year courses at the Faculty of Law.
  2. In the following three years of combined study, students:
    a. Take 45 credits in the Faculty of Law
    b. Satisfy the compulsory requirements of the JD, including the moot, an International/ Comparative/Transnational Perspective (ICT) course and a Perspective Course – see JD Degree Requirements in the Academic Handbook;
    c. Take 10 half courses at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES)
    d. Take one of:
    i. 2 further half courses in CERES, or
    ii. 6 credits in law, or
    iii. a combination of 1 half course in CERES and 3 credits in law
  3. During the second year students take at least 4 half courses at CERES.
  4. Take the CERES research seminar (ERE 2000).
  5. Reading competence must be demonstrated before the beginning of the final year in one of the region’s languages, pertinent to the research undertaken by the student for the major research paper in ERE2000Y.

Students will also be encouraged to spend a summer working in a country of the region as CERES Summer Interns.

Students in years 2 – 4 of the program must submit their course selections to the program co-ordinators from law and CERES for approval.

Students enrolled in joint programs MUST complete the requirements of both programs in order to graduate in a joint program. No diplomas will be awarded until all the requirements for a joint program are fulfilled.

 

Collaborative Graduate SPECIALIZATION in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies

As of the academic year 2003/04, CERES is a member of the Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies. Students in the specialization must apply to and register with CERES and must follow a program of studies acceptable to both CERES and the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Specialization. Upon successful completion of the requirements, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization 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 https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/ethnicstudies/graduate-program/ 

Collaborative SPECIALIZATION 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 specializations, 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 Specialization 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. Please also consult The Essential Guide for Grad Students (EGGS), which contains information about registration, SGS awards, University-wide resources and much more.

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.

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 (ERE2001H and ERE2000Y).  You can register yourself in any other ERE courses two weeks before classes begin. Students should consult with the Program and Internship Coordinator, before enrolling in courses.  To make an appointment, please email: larysa.iarovenko@utoronto.ca.

All non-ERE courses, with a few exceptions, are NOT available for registration before September 9, 2019.  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 Coordinator.

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 (ERE2001H 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. 

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 9, 2019.

WINTER/SPRING COURSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2020.

 

Courses offered through CERES

ERE1151H1S   Media and Identity in Central Europe from 1848 to the Present

Media and Identity in Central Europe, from 1848 to the Present

In an essay entitled “Is the dream of Central Europe still alive?” György Konrád gives the following diagnosis: “Mass culture is national. The dream of Central Europe is not a mass phenomenon; it is romantic and subversive.” Why Central-European identity was and remains a utopian dream of intellectuals lacking a mass-base requires further investigation. The seminar will take as point of departure the close analysis of specific artworks, media practices, texts, discourses in order to discuss the ways social space is mediated by exploring key moments in negotiating identities in the history of Central Europe.

Starting from a discussion of the idea of (East) Central Europe as a geopolitical region, cultural identity, mental space and utopia, we will investigate how different social formations are articulated by media forms and practices.  Among the topics to be considered are the relations between print media and the discovery of the “people” and their art, visual mass culture and the “masses”, early cinema and urban audiences, posters, caricatures and political propaganda, the role of television under the socialist state, new media and the restructuring of public space.

Tuesday  4 – 6 pm
Location: OISE, Room 4418, 252 Bloor Street
Instructor: Izabella Füzi
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ERE1165H1(Summer or Fall) International Internship

ERE1186H1F The Past as Prologue: East Central and Southeastern Europe in the Interwar Period

Coming to grips with the multivalent instrumentalization of the “Past” is a major historical problem for the study of the successor states of the Habsburg and Ottoman Empires. The emergence of these states began for some in the nineteenth century, but was completed only with the disruption of the First World War. The turbulent decades that ended with the Second World War present a condensed moment of aspiration that welded nation-building projects to social experimentation, political innovation, economic realignment, and cultural transformations. Unpacking the meaning of this moment of experimentation therefore has resonance not only for the understanding of this period, but also informs long term historical representations of these states and societies into the present.

While this course is not a conventional survey, it will offer thematic explorations of aspects of Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and other countries that will situate their development in a broader narrative. These thematic explorations will, in turn, open possibilities for analytical and historiographic analyses that will familiarize students with notions of legacies, empires, theories of nationalism, social transformation, revolution and rupture, continuity and tradition, cultural symbolism. Finally, the course will explore the formative but also entangled relationship of these regions with Europe, and will suggest an augmentation of the standard practice of Area Studies with a subaltern move to “provincialize Europe” from within.

Wednesday 10 am -12 pm
Location: OISE, Room 4418, 252 Bloor Street
Instructor: Toshkov
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

ERE1195H1S  Resistance and Collaboration: War, Occupation, and Dictatorship in 20th century East-Central Europe

Fifty-five million deaths.  The Second World War remains the most destructive conflict in human history. It engulfed not only all the great powers but most of the earth, wrought unparalleled destruction, and targeted civilians to an unprecedented degree, with catastrophic consequences. In this course we will study the immense impact of the war and accompanying military occupations on societies. How did mobilization for total war revolutionize societies? How were combatants and non-combatants transformed by total war?  How did people, living in various settings, navigate choices between collaboration and resistance? How and why did a person become a perpetrator? How should we understand the differences between perpetrators and victims, when some people were both at the same time?  Was there any logic behind indiscriminate violence? We will tackle these questions by analyzing primary documents, such as diaries, memoirs, and political pamphlets, and by reading works of history, political science, and philosophy. We will watch and discuss three films as well. Taking the experience of the Second World War as a point of departure, we will revisit the First World war, before tackling the establishment of communist regimes, personal narratives of war and occupation, and the potential logic of state violence. Geographically, the course focuses on Ukraine, but it also brings in material from other parts of Europe. The course also addresses questions of substantive ethics and concludes with the politics of memory and forgetting. No special background is required beyond an interest in European history.  All readings in English.

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

ERE1997H1Y Independent Reading Course 

ERE1997H-S Independent Study- Hungary’s 21st- Century Challenges

OPEN BY APPLICATION ONLY:

This course is part of CERES’s Hungarian Studies Program and is made possible with support from Tom and Irene Mihalik. As this is a limited enrollment course, with up to 6 students from years one and two, admission to the course is by application only.  Applications from all disciplines are welcome. Please note that priority goes to students who have not been to Hungary. The course includes a one-week research trip in Budapest to take place December 7-15, 2019 (costs for air travel up to 1100 CAD, transportation in Budapest, and hostel accommodation as well as most meals will be covered). Ground transport in Canada is not covered. Students are expected to depart Toronto on the 7th and arrive in Budapest on the 8th. Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

Interested students are asked to submit a two-page research proposal for the field-work component in Budapest. You will be writing a 20 page research paper based on secondary research and the fieldwork. In the proposal you are expected to identify a research question and provide a key list of a minimum of 5 potential stakeholders in Budapest who will be interviewed.  Questions will be designed prior to departure. During the week-long stay in Budapest, students will conduct interviews with their selected stakeholders, attend lectures and seminars, and participate in various cultural activities. The interviews/seminars and field work will then be integrated into the final research essay for the course. The research essay will be due on March 4, 2020. Students who fail to fulfill all course requirements must return the cost of their participation in the field trip.

Prior to departure, students will be required to attend a number of group meetings and other events.  Upon return, students will participate in a de-briefing session and a preliminary presentation of their papers to the group. Students will also be expected to organize a public roundtable to discuss their research finding. The due date for applications is September 21 at 5 pm. Please submit your applications to Professor Robert Austin: robert.austin@utoronto.ca and Larysa Iarovenko: larysa.iarovenko@utoronto.ca

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 6 places for graduate students, interested students will need to apply to participate.  This course includes research trip to Athens and takes place in May 1-10,  2020 (costs for transportation and accommodation as well as most meals will be covered). Priority will be given to students who will carry on to their exchange or internship placement upon completion of the trip. Only one airfare to the region will be covered. Priority will also be given to students who have not taken part in the Hungary field course.

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 stay in Athens, 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 2020.

Proposal deadline:  9 am– January 6, 2020 to robert.austin@utoronto.ca and larysa.iarovenko@utoronto.ca

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

ERE1998H1S  Independent Reading Course

ERE1999H(F) Independent Reading Course

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

Wednesdays 2 – 4 pm
Location:SK (Faculty of Social Work)  Room 348, 246 Bloor Street
Instructor: Austin
Term: starts in the Spring semester, continues into second year
Credit: 1.0

ERE2001H1F  (Required course for first year) Gateway Proseminar in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Mondays 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Claude T. Bissel Building, Rom 113, 140 St. George St
Instructor:  Way
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

 

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

COURSE ENROLLMENT OPEN SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

JRA2321H1S State and Society in Central Asia

More than 25 years after Soviet collapse, Central Asia (and its neighbour Afghanistan) continue to see vexed relations between state and society. In this course, we ask: 1) What impact did Soviet-style modernization have and what are the legacies of that modernization project? 2) How have relations between society and state changed since 1991? 3) How do individuals and groups relate to the state? 4) What role do religion and ethnicity play in political and social life? 5) How do the experiences of these six states (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) vary? Although this is a political science course, about half of our readings are by anthropologists, historians, sociologists, and others.

Thursday, 10 am-12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: E. Schatz
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: TBA
Instructor: P. Solomon
Term: Fall
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.

 


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.

JGC1855H CRITICAL THEORY – THE FRENCH-GERMAN CONNECTION

This course examines central theoretical issues in Critical Theory with particular attention to the role that the “Frankfurt School” and its affiliates such as Benjamin, Kracauer, Horkheimer, Adorno, and others play in the context of modern German social and cultural thought. In France, thinkers like 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, difference, and alterity.

Wednesday, 3-5 pm
Location: Seminar Room 319, 3rd floor, Centre for Comparative Literature 
Instructor: W. Goetschel
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JLV5134H THEORIES OF THE NOVEL

This course examines the development of theories of the novel in Europe and North America throughout the twentieth century. Why has the novel been such a central object of study for so many different theoretical traditions? What is at stake in these theoretical traditions that centre on the novel? Just as novel theorists historicize the novelistic form, we will historicize those theories, interrogating and deconstructing their conflicting assumptions. Organized chronologically and thematically, covering theorists from Russia, France, Central Europe and North America, the course will include topics such as: the historicization of form; novelistic narrative; the search for masterplots and master narratives; time and space; the novel and the self; the place of the novel in theories of world literature; close reading and distant reading. Readings include Shklovsky, Tynianov, Bakhtin, Lukacs, Frye, Barthes, Robert, Girard, Genette, Booth, Brooks, Jameson, Miller, Moretti, Cohn, as well as Balzac, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Flaubert and others.

Friday 11 am -1 pm
Location: Seminar Room 319, 3rd floor, Centre for Comparative Literature 
Instructor: K. Holland
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

COL5047H THE TWO AVANT-GARDES

Peter Burger described the avant-garde in terms of the destruction of bourgeois aestheticism and the attempt to bring art into life for a radical transformation of society. What do Burger and other theoreticians have to say about the survival of the avant-garde impulse after its heroic historical moment in the early 20th century? How did artists and writers then and later pioneer radically new ways of representing the world and engaging the audience? We will consider the historical positions and sustaining contradictions of work dubbed “avant-garde” through landmark developments including Abstraction, Conceptualism, Constructivism and Surrealism. Seminar discussions will engage the work of major figures in the history of the avant-garde, such as Malevich and Maiakovskii, Picasso and Duchamp, Breton, Cage, Pollack and Prigov.
Participants will be encouraged to consider the usefulness of translating analysis associated with the avant-garde to contexts beyond the one defined by Burger.

Thursday, 11 am -1 pm
Location: Seminar Room 319, 3rd floor, Centre for Comparative Literature 
Instructor: A. Komaromi
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

JHL1282HS COMPARATIVE TOTALITARIAN CULTURE

The purpose of the course is to historicize and theorize the concept of totalitarian culture by discussing traditional approaches of “totalitarianism” and more recent theories and histories in the context of various cultural manifestations of National-Socialist Germany and Stalinist Russia.
A key theme of the course is the relation between propaganda, entertainment, and mass culture, in the context of how both Germany and Soviet Russia related to the Hollywood type of entertainment.
The primary materials to be considered are American, German, and Soviet films of the 1930s and 1940s.
Additional material includes diaries, memoirs, illustrative material on art and architecture, and scholarly works.
The viewing and discussion of these films are integral parts of course requirements. Some of the films are available online; others will have to be watched at Media Commons.

Tuesday, 1-3 pm
Location: Seminar Room 319, 3rd floor, Centre for Comparative Literature 
Instructor: T. Lahusen
Term: Spring
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.

CRI3220HS  Organized Crime and Corruption

The course will examine selected topics in organized crime (OC) and corruption, including the definition of OC and corruption; related phenomena, including white collar crime, the informal economy, and transnational organized crime; the origins and development of “mafias”; characteristics of OC organizational structure and violence; political and police corruption; and policies to combat corruption and OC.

Thursday   2 – 4 pm
Location: CG265
Instructor: M. Light
Term: Winter
Credit: 0.5

CRI3130HS  Policing

Police will be examined as one of the state institutions providing normative regulation and social order in connection with other institutions like politics, economy, and culture. The course will include three main parts: i) Police: origin, structure and functioning, ii) Police in changing social environment and iii) Police: continuous change and innovation. Students will receive knowledge on the origin and short history of the police, its structure and operation as well as about major challenges, organized crime, and terrorism. Last developments such as community, private and problem-oriented policing, a problem of reforming also will be examining. Additionally to Canadian police during this course police of some other well-established, developing and transition countries will be studied with the focus on comparative policing.

Monday   2 – 4 pm
Location: CG265
Instructor: L. Kosals
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5


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.

GER1780H F Topics in German Film History: Women’s Film Authorship in Neoliberal Times

The moniker ‘Berlin School’ references a heterogenous body of German films whose directors first gained sustained attention for their subtle approach to tracking dramatic social changes in the new “Berlin Republic,” following transfer of the governmental seat of power from Bonn to its pre-World War II location. Resisting the temptation to deliver escapist narratives to a public struggling with the erosion of the social welfare state under the pressures of globalization, these directors have instead pursued an uncompromising realism focusing in exacting and uncanny detail upon the forms of subjectivity, both ordinary and extraordinary, produced among different social groups and classes. We’ll engage methodologies from phenomenology, performance studies, theories of affect, practices of the everyday, post-Bergsonian/Deleuzian philosophies of temporality and duration, feminist film theory, genre theory, and the aesthetics of cinematic realism. These readings accompany our exploration of the proposition that this movement, taken as a whole, constitutes a counter cinema, one whose auteurist ambitions accord with concurrent transnational art cinema practices and retraces its lineage to the Nouvelle Vague and the New German Cinema. Directors covered include M. Ade, T. Arslan, V. Grisebach, B. Heisenberg, C. Hochhäusler, U. Köhler, C. Petzold, A. Schanelec, and M. Speth, with occasional screenings of intertextually pertinent global art films. All films are subtitled and class discussions (including course readings) conducted in English.

Thursday 10-12 am (Seminar), IN313 & Thursday 6-8 (Screening), Media Commons Theatre, in English
Instructor: Angelica Fenner
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JGC1855H F Critical Theory – 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: Seminar Room 319, 3rd floor, Centre for Comparative Literature
Instructor: Will Goetschel
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GER6000H F 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.

Friday  3-5 pm
Location: tba
Instructor: Viktoriya Melnykevych
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GER1722H S Kafka
This course examines the oeuvre of Franz Kafka, as it developed in a remarkably short period: from his 1912 “breakthrough” with “The Judgment,” to his middle years and The Trial, to the 1916-17 burst of writing around “A Country Doctor,” to The Castle and Kafka’s final stories before his death in 1924. Alongside these primary texts, we will consider some classic readings of Kafka by critics such as Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Elias Canetti, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze / Félix Guattari.

Tuesday 2-4 pm
Location: OH323
Instructor: John Zilcosky
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GER6000H S 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.

Friday  3-5 pm
Location: tba
Instructor: Viktoriya Melnykevych
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5


GLOBAL AFFAIRS

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

Non-departmental students may request to enroll in any MGA elective unless it is specified that it is open to MGA students only. Students in the MPP and CERES MA program have priority access to MGA elective courses. CERES students may request enrollment starting Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Enrollment is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the MGA program and the course instructor. Please note also that research projects and essays written for these courses must be focused on the region.

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 via email to mga@utoronto.ca or in person. Students will be sent a confirmation e-mail if their enrollment is successful.

Please contact the MGA Program Office if you have any questions mga@utoronto.ca.

For more information, please check https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/courses/mga-courses.

 

GLA2012H F The Political Economy of Trade

This course covers the politics of trade, from the domestic policy-making process to the institutions that govern the global economy. Tracing the history of the international economy, the course introduces students to several, competing theoretical approaches to trade. The second part of the course applies this knowledge to a range of current issues, including dispute resolution, regional integration, investment, innovation, environmental regulation, labor standards and economic development.

Monday 12-2:30 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Darius Ornston
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2014H F Innovation and Economic Development

This seminar challenges you to open your mind and ask crucial questions regarding to innovation and economic development in the global economy. This course introduces the complex relationships between innovation, technology, and policy. During the course students will acquire improved understanding and critical insight about:

  • Different perspectives on the meaning of economic development and the interpretation of economic development problems.
  • An understanding of globalization and its impact on innovation and economic growth.
  • Context of national and international trends, including issues of competitiveness, technological change, and globalization that influence economic development.
  • New strategies and themes for economic development, including those that focus on knowledge, technological innovation, and creativity.
  • Key aspects of the literature and debates about innovation and local economic development policy and practice, including perspectives of scholars and practitioners.

Wednesday 1:30 – 4 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Shiri Breznitz
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2015H F 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.

Wednesday 10 am-12:30 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Darius Ornston
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2024H F Intelligence and Covert Action

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 action to accomplish their objectives. Complex and ubiquitous information infrastructure—cyberspace—enables many new deceptive threats and opportunities for many types of actors. Yet while technologies continue to change, there is also some continuity in logic and practice of intelligence. This course examines the role of deception in statecraft and conflict. In particular, it is designed to explore the role of emerging technologies in the 21st century in the context of more traditional intelligence and covert/special operations. Topics include collection tradecraft, the intelligence process, counterintelligence, covert action, and the ethics of state secrecy. In seminars, group research projects, and a crisis simulation, contemporary and traditional cases will be examined side by side to systematically explore the continuities and novelties of political and military deception in the cyber age.

Wednesday 9:30 am -12 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Jon Lindsay
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2063H F Topics in Security I: Justice in and Age of Violence, Conflict, and Insecurity

In this course, we will explore and examine the issues relating to achieving justice in an age characterized by political violence, mass atrocities, and complex, transnational crimes. Amongst the topics we will cover are the impact and influence of international tribunals in addressing mass atrocities, the use of truth commissions, the intersection of peace and justice, the use of amnesty laws, the intersection of power and global justice, terrorism, transnational organized crimes, cultural crimes, and sexual and gender-based violence.

The class will be run in a similar fashion to a research seminar. That means that you’ll be expected to come to class prepared to engage with your colleagues and peers, to debate key issues, and to ask questions regarding each other’s presentations and in-class contributions. Doing so will not only help to improve and refine the work of your peers; it will also develop your ability to critically analyze complex questions and issues and, in doing so, improve your research skills.

The focus of your work and research throughout this course is up to you. The subjects we will engage with often and understandably inspire emotional responses. In this class, our aim is to avoid such reactions. Instead our aim is be to ‘peer under the hood’ in order to understand the tensions, synergies, disagreements, and overlaps between conflict, accountability, peace, and security through a detailed exploration of an issue or problem that captures your imagination.

By the end of the course, you will have a sophisticated and in-depth understanding of the intersections between key issues in conflict, accountability, peace, and security, how to develop useful research questions, how to think practically about concrete scenarios, the key literature in the field, how to collect data to support your arguments, and how to critically assess and interpret evidence to answer research questions and create new knowledge.

Monday 9:30 am-12 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: TBA
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2092H F Topics in Global Affairs III: The Populist Radical Right in Europe

A comparative examination of the emergence and upsurge of populist radical right parties in contemporary Europe. The course will begin with historical context, definitions and typologies, before exploring topics including ideology and issues; leaders, members and voters; political parties, organizations and subcultures; transnational influences and networking; patterns of response by mainstream parties and radical right parties in public office. This course will analyze several country cases in detail, including France, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Hungary, Finland and Estonia. A basic knowledge of recent European history and comparative politics is required.

*Please note this course has 10 spots for MGA students and 10 spots for CERES students.

Tuesday 12 -2:30 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Transit House
Instructor: Kasekamp
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2093H F 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. We will also be paying close attention to the recent rise of populism and protectionism globally and how it can impact the practice of government relations. 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 6:30 – 9 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: TBA
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2096H F Global Migration Governance: State Sovereignty, Geopolitics, and Migrant Rights

This course takes an in-depth look at the quest for global migration governance: an issue area that has eschewed attempts to build international regimes and is often characterized by zero-sum state policies and reactive migration controls. Our seminar will ask when and how states with often competing and conflicting interests can cooperate over international migration, unpack the connections between domestic politics and interstate behavior, and ask how the seemingly inherent tensions between state interests and the need for global migration governance affect normative commitments to the rights of migrants, and vice versa. Substantively, we will examine the politics of the international refugee regime, regional migration regimes, human smuggling and trafficking, externalized and securitized migration controls, the negotiation of the Global Refugee and Migration Compacts as a means of addressing the global refugee crisis, and the nexuses between migration and development, security, and terrorism. The course will include guest lectures from policymakers and service-providers. Students should be prepared to lead discussions, produce a substantive research project with policy recommendations, and deliver their recommendations in a final presentation.

Tuesday  3-5:30 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Transit House
Instructor: TBA
Term:Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2050H S Selected Topics in International Studies: War and its Theorists

This course examines the emergence and impact on the international system of nuclear weapons. We will discuss the decisions by various states to acquire or develop nuclear weapons (or not); the evolution of nuclear strategy; and the development of nuclear arms control and disarmament and nonproliferation as central concerns in world politics. We will also examine the dynamics of key nuclear crises such as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Students will be exposed to primary documents and the relevant scholarly literature, and by the end of the course should be able to discuss nuclear issues in their broader context.

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

GLA2060H Topics in Development: Humanitarian Practice

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.

Tuesday 12-2:30 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: TBA
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GLA2061H S Women, Conflict and Crisis

This course takes a gender-based approach to understanding the challenges, priorities and politics within protracted crises and fragile contexts. It looks at the unique experiences of women and men, girls and boys in crisis settings, including attention to sexual and gender-based violence, toxic and positive masculinities, and the particular needs of children and youth. It focuses on practical global responses to address protracted crises, including the Canadian Feminist International Assistance Policy, as well as highlighting the challenges inherent in these responses.

Monday 4:30 -7 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: TBA
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GLA2066H S Topics in Justice I: Crime and Justice in Global Affairs: Solutionology 101

This course examines the industry of solutions for three scourges in justice — violence against women (especially rape); homicide (including police shootings), and corruption on a grand scale.  We will try to answer four broad questions.  First, what is the relationship between the purported scale of these problems and the scope of imagined fixes?  How do campaigns that promise to “end” or “eliminate” such scourges design and deliver the right-sized solutions?  Second, do the solutions that are being tested, marketed, and sometimes scaled-up by international organizations reinforce or displace local or national knowledge, ambition, power?  In short, who wins and loses, who measures and who matters?  Third, how do the ideas, institutions, interests, and individuals in this industry differ from those found in health and the environment, or trade and national security?  Is the field of justice today truly distinct from commerce and education and taxation and counter-terrorism?  Fourth, how do you want to interact with this field?  Do you plan to be an observer or participant, a supporter or detractor of one or another idea and institution?  What kinds of skills, ethics, thoughts, and interactions would help you relate to a global enterprise in justice?

Monday 1-3:30  pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Todd Foglesong
Term: Spring
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.

HIS1032H1S Modernity and Its Visual Cultures

This seminar examines the concept of “modernity” and its expression in visual form and cultural practice. We will focus on developments in visual culture beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century in order to explore a range of transformations in subjective and social experience and economic and cultural practice that scholars from across the humanities and social sciences have described within the rubric of modernity and modernism. By studying both the primary theoretical texts underpinning this concept – including Baudelaire, Marx, Freud, and Benjamin – and key secondary literature, we will attempt to define modernity and capture the nuances of its many competing definitions. We will ground this pursuit in the history of Western visual culture. Key topics will include: technological change (from photography and film to color and printing); the centrality of urban space; theories of vision; ideas about temporality, history, and the archive; emergent practices of collecting and display; travel and colonialism; and consumerism and the mass press. In what ways, we will ask, have changes in visual culture been central to the concept, experience, and origins of modernity? And how does focusing on the visual aspects of modernity help us better understand its broader social, political, economic, scientific, and technological developments?

Wednesday  7 – 9 pm
Location: IN 313
Instructor: Jacobson
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS1200HF Readings in European Intellectual History

Tuesday 3-5 pm
Location: UC 53
Instructor: Nelson
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1237H  France since 1870

This graduate course explores themes and episodes in French history since the Paris Commune. Students will be introduced to the historiography of the Commune, the Dreyfus Affair, French colonialism, immigration, the two world wars, the Vichy regime, decolonization, and May 1968.  Memory, identity, citizenship, immigration and empire are some of the recurring themes in this course. Readings will include a range of cultural, political, gender, and social approaches.  In some cases we will read classics, and in others we will consider very recent studies.

Thursday 1-3 pm
Location: BF 315
Instructor: Jennings
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1268H1S The Holocaust and WWII

This course introduces graduate students to major issues in the study of the Holocaust and World War II. The focus is on connections between these interrelated events. Readings include classic as well as recent works from a range of disciplines and methodological approaches. Special attention will be paid to different national, political, and historiographical contexts in which the Holocaust and the war have been examined by scholars, beginning in the 1940s and up to the present. We will also investigate the postwar confrontation with the Third Reich, comparing social, cultural and judicial responses to Nazism in West and East Germany. This course will therefore provide an overview of Nazi Germany between 1933-45, an in-depth examination of the genesis of the Holocaust, and reflections on Nazism’s lingering presence in the two Germanys. Readings will include, among others, works by Hannah Arendt, Saul Friedlander, Gerhard Weinberg, Istvan Deac, Jan Gross, Omer Bartov, Christopher Browning, Zygmunt Bauman, Mark Roseman and Goetz Aly.  Oral presentations and the long paper (which may be either a study based on research in primary sources or an historiographical survey) will give students an opportunity to explore areas of particular interest to them.

Monday 10 am-12 pm
Location: OI 2198
Instructor: Bergen
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1272H S Topics in Twentieth-Century European History: World Wars

In this graduate seminar we explore some of the major military conflicts that have shaped Europe and its place in the world over the past century and a half. The goal is to deepen our understanding of the nature of modern warfare and to explore the tools and methodologies that historians and others have used to analyze wars and their repercussions. What is the relationship between war and politics, war and diplomacy, society, culture, religion, gender, and sexuality? What are the differences between world wars, civil wars, genocidal wars, extremely violent societies, cold wars, and the many other varieties of conflict between and among states and people, and how useful are such distinctions in understanding the past?

Tuesday 3-5 pm
Location: HS 618
Instructor: Jennkins
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS1275H1F  Imperial Germany 1871-1918

This research seminar will focus on recent controversies concerning social, cultural, and political change in the time of Bismarck and Wilhelm II. Among the topics to be considered are state- and nation-building after 1866, regional identities, antisemitism, gender and sexuality, religion, radical nationalism, popular culture, workers’ protest, electoral chicanery, murder in a small town, and everyday life on the home front in 1914-18. A combination of secondary literature and primary documents (all in translation and many online) will be discussed each week, beginning with a short student presentation. In the second term, students will concentrate on their research papers. Among the required texts will be James Retallack (ed.), Imperial Germany 1871-1918. The Short Oxford History of Germany (2008).  The course will conclude with a viewing of the 1951 East German film adapted from Heinrich Mann’s biting satire, The Loyal Subject (1918).

Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm
Location: SS 2120
Instructor: Retallack
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1281HF  Experiences of Real Socialism

This research seminar will examine a number of texts and films produced during and after the socialist era. Writings from the former period include memoirs, diaries, fiction, and film produced during the 1960s and 1970s in the Soviet Union and other countries of the “socialist camp,” including Yuri Trifonov’s novel, House on the Embankment (1976); Natalya Baranskaya’s novella “A Week Like Any Other” (1979) and the films The Joke, by Jaromil Jires (1969) and Man of Marble by Andrzej Wajda (1976). Works produced after 1991 include Andrzej Stasiuk’s novel On the Road to Babadag (2004), and the films Goodbye Lenin! By Wolfgang Becker (2003) and 24 City by Jia Zhangke (2008).  Additional readings are critical works dealing with the concept of “real (existing) socialism,” its legacy and issues of nostalgia.

Tuesday 12-2 pm
Location: SK 348
Instructor: Lahusen
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1287H (J) S Polish Jews Since the Partitions of Poland (Joint HIS433H1)

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.

Thursday 9-11 am
Location: SS 2120
Instructor: Wrobel
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1805H S Human Rights and Empire

In what ways are human rights and empire entangled? What rights discourses developed in the colonies and territories across the global South and how did they shape the imperial subject? How did human rights in turn take shape at the end of empire and within the postcolonial world? This course uses a thematic approach to explore the connections between human rights and empire in the modern era, beginning with the New Imperialism of the nineteenth century to the present day. Emphasizing Asia and Africa, topics include theories and genealogies of human rights, personhood and sovereignty, individual-state relations, revolution and mass social movements, humanitarian intervention, anticolonial nationalism, and international law.

Monday  3-5 p,m
Location: UC44
Instructor: Ewing
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS1900H F History in International Affairs

Monday 10 am – 12 noon
Location: TC 24
Instructor: Sayle
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5


NEAR AND MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILIZATIONS

JNE 2320H1F MODERN TURKEY
This is a seminar course that 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.
This course is the graduate section of NMC 477H. While the average weekly reading load for the undergraduate version will be about 80 pp.,the graduate students will have a load of about 200 pp. They will be expected to prepare a final paper – either a research paper or a literature/bibliography review paper. The length of the paper is to be 25 double-spaced pages. Knowledge of Turkish is not required. However, those who know Turkish and/or Ottoman Turkish and wish to use sources in these languages for their final paper will be encouraged to do so.

Tuesday 12-3 pm
Location: BA B025
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.

POL2207H1S Topics in International Politics III: Global Politics of State Formation

This intensive seminar will examine the history of state formation through the prism of international forces like imperialism, globalization, and hegemonic war.

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

POL2207H1S Topics in International Politics III: Theories of International Organization

Since the end of World War II, there has been an explosion in the number, scope, and complexity of international organizations. International organizations, such as the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and World Bank now play critical roles across a wide range of policy issues. Why have international organizations proliferated and expanded since the mid-20th century? How do these organizations shape the international system? Why do states sometimes conduct foreign policy through international organizations, while other times preferring traditional means? Why do some international organizations evolve over time, while others resist change? What are some of the pathologies and problems of contemporary international organizations? We will examine these questions by reviewing advanced theoretical and empirical scholarship on international organizations.

Tuesday 10 am -2 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: TBA
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2212H1F Human Rights and International Relations

The major theme for the course is the relationship between international developments in human rights and domestic applications of those developments. We will examine the evolution of the international human rights regime, mostly from the post-World War II era, and understand how the radical steps forward in international law affect domestic lawmakers and leaders. We will also look at how domestic efforts shift the international debate, and how non-state actors engage in building the lingua franca of the 21st century.

Wednesday  12-2 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Wong
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2216Y1Y The Military Instrument of Foreign Policy

This course analyses the relationship of military force to politics: nuclear war and deterrence, conventional war, revolutionary war, terrorism and counter insurgency are examined from the perspectives of the US, Russia and other contemporary military powers.

Monday 10 am – 12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Braun
Term: Fall/Winter
Credit: 1.0

POL2226H1F Ethics and International Relations

The seminar explores the possibilities for and requirements of ethical action in international affairs. It is common to study international relations in terms of interests and power, but in actual practice, important actors invoke normative language all the time in their international interactions. This has not gone unnoticed, with investigations of ethics in the international arena multiplying in recent years. Drawing on readings from normative international relations theory and political philosophy, the course takes up ethical dilemmas encountered in world affairs in the context of debates about human rights, intervention, development, and international institutions. Students are expected to write a major research paper on an approved topic related to the course.

Thursday 12 – 2 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Bertoldi
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2240H1S Geopolitics of Cyberspace

The Geopolitics of ICTs 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, cyber espionage and disinformation. The course is organized as a series of intensive modules around the research of the Citizen Lab (https://citizenlab.ca/) which the professor directs.

Tuesday 2 – 4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Deibert
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2256Y1Y The G8, G20 and Global Governance

The development, operation, and participants of the Group of Seven (G7), Group of Eight (G8) and Group of Twenty (G20) of institutions, their growth and performance as centres of global governance, and their relationship with the United Nations and Bretton Woods galaxy in providing public goods in economic, social, environmental and security realms.

Thursday 10 am -12 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Kirton
Term: Fall/Spring
Credit: 1.0

POL2301H1S     Political Parties in Comparative Perspective

This course provides an overview of the literature on political parties from a comparative perspective. Our goal is to explore the main questions, puzzles and theories on the origins, nature and effects 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 impact of parties on policy, and the role of parties in transitions to democracy and 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 relationship between parties and clientelism, and the role of dominant parties.

Thursday 2 – 4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: de Miguel Moyer
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2321H1S     Topics in Comparative Politics I: Political Economy of Europe

This course surveys major theoretical and empirical contributions on the political economy of Western Europe. The course explores the political sources of how and why European societies have adopted different economic institutions and policies in the global economy. We analyze theories of the welfare state, growth models and capitalist diversity, business-labor relations, and financial markets. The course then examines the deeper processes of European integration that have shaped European economies, with a particular focus on monetary integration. Finally, we discuss contemporary issues that define economies in Western Europe today — the eurozone crisis, Brexit, and populism.

Wednesday  4- 6 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Reisenbichler
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2326H1F     Democracy and Dictatorship    

This course provides an in-depth introduction to theories of the origins of democracy and dictatorship. We examine a range of structural and voluntarist approaches. In the final weeks of the course, we explore the extent to which these theories help us to understand regime transitions in China, Chile, Iran, and Weimar, Germany.

Monday 2 – 4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Way
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2335H1S Business and Politics: Power in a Global World

This seminar course explores the political power of business from an international and comparative perspective. We examine the ways that business acquires and exerts political power and the ways politics shapes business power. We draw from international and comparative political economy, global governance studies, and related disciplines such as management and sociology. Topics of discussion include the role of public authority in governing business behaviour, the formation of business interests, business’ instrumental, structural and discursive power, civil society activism toward business, corporate social responsibility, transnational private governance and economic crises.

Tuesday 12 – 2 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Renckens
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

JHP2351Y1Y  The People from Nowhere

This course traces from earliest times to the present the evolution of a people called Carpatho-Rusyns and their historic homeland Carpathian Rus’, located in the heart of Europe. The seminar will deal with political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments, all the while testing the hypothesis that nationalities are imagined communities. (Given by the Departments of Political Science and History) Third-year students may be considered at the discretion of the instructor.

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

POL2391H1F     Topics in Comparative Politics III: Politics and Policy in the Nordic Region

This course on the Nordic region (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, and other Nordic territories) looks in detail at some of the political institutions and policies presented in POL300H1F Topics in Comparative Politics (Introduction to the Politics and Society of Northern Europe). We will review first the main political parties, trade unions and social movements in the Nordic countries, including the recent surge of populism. Then we will look at the politics of the welfare state, labour markets and income equality. The last part of the course will be devoted to migration and integration aspects, foreign policy and relations with the European Union, and other important challenges to the sustainability of the Nordic political model.

Thursday 6 – 8 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Bertran
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2391H1S     Topics in Comparative Politics III: Culture and Society of the Nordic Region

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?

Thursday 6 – 8 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: TBA
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.

SLA 1215H – STUDIES IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CRITICISM IN THE 18TH CENTURY

This course studies the prose, poetry and dramaturgy of the most prominent Russian literary figures of the eighteenth century: such as N. Karamzin, V. Tretiakovsky, M. Lomonsov, D. Fonvizin, G. Derzhavin, A. Radishchev and I. Krylov.  Aspects of literature during the reign of Peter the First, as well as of literature and satirical journalism during the reign of Catherine the Second and of the era of Russian classicism and sentimentalism, will be examined.
This course is taught in Russian. Readings in Russian.

Tuesday, 2-5 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Smolyarova
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA 1231H – RUSSIAN MODERNISM

Russian poetry, prose, and literary criticism from the late 1880s until 1940. Topics include: Russia’s fin-de-siècle culture in its European context; the main aesthetic and philosophical trends informing the modernist field and the current theoretical problems in the study of the modernist period; the modernist renewal of Russian poetry, including a survey of the period’s representative figures and texts; experiments with narrative and genre in the prose of the 1910s-30s, in Russia and in emigration; conservative reactions to modernism, from L. Tolstoi to Socialist Realism; the modernist strategies of survival (metanarratives, children’s literature, internal and external exile, literature of the absurd). Readings may include: Chekhov, Solov’ev, Bunin, Z. Gippius, Sologub, Rozanov, Annenskii, Blok, Belyi, Kuzmin, Babel’, Esenin, Zamiatin, Pasternak, Mandel’shtam, Platonov, Zoshchenko, Tsvetaeva, Kharms, A. Tolstoi, Nabokov, Bulgakov, Khodasevich. Taught in Russian. Readings in Russian and English.

Monday 2-4 pm, Wednesday 12-2 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Livak
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA1304H Transgressions: Drama, Theater, Performance

What has happened to the relationship between performance and religion? Has the Enlightenment project successfully secularized Western civilization and our thinking about a human subject in light of its most important horizon – the finitude of existence? Or can we still decipher religious thinking in the works of theatre artists whose practice, like that of the leading Western philosophers, such as Walter Benjamin, Emmanuel Lévinas, and Jacque Derrida, still bear traces of theological underpinnings when dealing with this finitude? These questions, among others, lead our investigation into transgressive cryptotheologies at the crossroads of performance, philosophy and religion in the Western theatre of the 20 th and 21 st centuries.

Thursday, 2-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Trojanowska
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

TBA Russian Literature in the Age of Empire

Thursday, 2-5 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Koznarsky
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1207H – 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.

Monday, 1-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Livak
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA 1228H – 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: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1411H Synthesis of Arts in the Late Russian Empire-Early Soviet Union

Painting, literature, and film from 1890-1930s. New revolutionary paths for the advancement of man and society through art. Symbolism, neoprimitivism, futurism, suprematism, and constructivism. Chekhov, Kandinsky, Bely, Stravinsky, Goncharova, Malevich, Tatlin, Eisenstein, and many others.

Tuesday, 2-5 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Koznarsky
Term: Spring
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.

SOC6003H1S Immigrant Integration: The Second Generation

In this class we familiarize ourselves with recent empirical studies on the integration patterns of second generation immigrants in Europe and North America. After a clarification of the fundamental theoretical concepts such as Neo-Assimilation Theory and Theory of Segmented Assimilation we read recent (mostly quantitative) empirical studies on second generation migrants’ socio-cultural integration and their integration in the educational system and the labor market. Main focus lies on the question of which factors enhance – and hamper –second generation migrants’ integration and upward mobility. We will discuss the highly contested question of which role individual characteristics (e.g. parental background) and group level factors (e.g. resources available within the ethnic group) play as compared to characteristics of the reception context (e.g. ethnic discrimination and national integration policies) in explaining group specific integration trajectories.

Time TBA
Location: Department of Sociology, 725 Spadina Avenue
Instructor: Diehl
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

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 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.

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.

 

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.

Laszlo T. Duska Memorial Fellowship

To be awarded to graduate students with academic excellence and have taken at least one course related to Hungarian Studies. Eligible students will be drawn from departments in which the student’s research is focused in Hungarian Studies

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.

Békássy-Tassonyi Award in Hungarian Studies
To be awarded to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science taking Hungarian related courses in CERES to assist with travel to Hungary to further a program of study, internship, research or exchange. Academic merit will also be considered.

Ferenc Harcsar Memorial Fund
To be awarded to the top student in the Hungarian history class.

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.

FAQ and SGS Important links

  • Enrollment

  • Workshop and event attendance

  • MRP

  • Awards

  • Language requirement

  • Internships and Professional Development

  • Exchanges

  • Graduation

  • General Information

  • School of Graduate Studies Important Links

Course Enrollment

Q: Why do we need to use Add/Drop forms?

A: According to SGS procedures you need to sign paper Add/Drop Forms for all non-ERE courses. The e-Add/Drop forms system will be implemented in the near future.

Q: I would like to take more courses then required and in disciplines not related to CERES? Can I do this?

A: As a graduate student at UofT you can register in as many courses as you would like to.

Q: Can I take undergraduate courses while at CERES?

A: Yes, you can. When taking undergraduate courses and any other non-graduate courses for graduate students, graduate grading scale will apply. Any grade below 70% will be converted to FZ (failure).   Graduate students taking undergrad courses must follow the undergraduate deadline to drop a course (not the SGS deadline).Undergraduate credits do not count towards your CERES MA degree requirements.

Workshop and event attendance

During your 2 year program at CERES you are required to attend the following events:

-present at and/or attend two student conferences: CERES Student Conference and Munk School Student Conference;

Safety Abroad and Exchange program information session in September;

-Dr. Peter Grav’s workshop on writing research proposals for SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) in the fall (the workshop  is open to all students, however the attendance of those who qualify for grants is mandatory);

-three professional development workshops in October, November and January (mandatory attendance for students planning on doing an internship through CERES). The sessions will be followed by a networking opportunity with CERES alumni.

three CERES internship information sessions in September, October and March (mandatory attendance for students planning on doing an internship through CERES).

-mandatory attendance of  4 events organized by CERES per year (2 per term) such as conferences, public lectures, etc. Please inform Program Coordinator about your choice in advance.

-active participation in publication of Eurasiatique, CERES student annual magazine, is very much encouraged.

MRP

Q: What is MRP?

A: Major Research Paper or MRP is your Master’s essay and a part of ERE2000Y, a required course which you will start at in the second semester of your first year in CERES. Is based on original, primary, and secondary research, and draws on sources in the original language/s.

Q: How long should be my MRP?

A: Your MRP should be between 30-50 pages in 11 point font and double spaced in length excluding references. It should conform to all standards of an article in a refereed academic journal with respect to citations, bibliography, etc.

Q: When is the deadline to submit my MRP?

A: For example, if you want to graduate in the June 2020 convocation, you need to have the final version of the paper in by 1 April 2020. If you plan to graduate in the November 2020 convocation, the final version of the paper must be turned in by 31 August 2020.

Q: When do I have to submit my proposal?

A: You need to submit your signed ERE2000Y Paper Research Proposal Form along with your research proposal by the beginning of October at the very latest. The proposal should be approximately 7-10 pages in length, excluding bibliography.

Q: How do I choose my supervisor?

A: You can start identifying potential supervisors by looking into their publications and CV/profiles on their graduate program’s web site; taking classes with them beforehand; and asking for an advise of the Graduate Coordinator.  Choose someone you feel comfortable with and who you think you would work with best. The professor must then agree to supervise you. Once this process is complete you will have them sign the ERE2000Y Paper Research Proposal Form.

Q: By when do I have to select my supervisor?

A: You should approach your supervisor   during the second term of your first year. During September of your second year you should have your supervisor selected and the proposal form signed. In consultation with your supervisor, you should establish a regular schedule of meetings to discuss progress and review drafts.

QHow many regional (non-English) language sources do I need?

A: It depends on the topic. Please discuss this with your supervisor early on in the project.

AWARDS

Q: When I will receive my CERES graduate funding?

A: If you were offered graduate funding by CERES, you will receive it in two equal installments. The first installment will be paid out in September (any time during the month), the second part will be paid out during the month of January.

Q: Will I receive my award through a cheque or through a direct deposit?

A: If you have provided your banking information in ACORN, you will receive your award via a direct deposit. Otherwise, it will be sent as a cheque to your current address.

Language requirement

Q: In what cases the language requirement could be waived?

A: It could be waived if

  • you have taken your foreign language at the 200 level and have a passing grade;
  • you can provide an original language certificate (such as DELF LEVEL B2 or equivalent) ) from a recognized institution such as Alliance France, Goethe Institute, Cervantes Institute;
  • You have passed a proficiency test within UofT. For scheduling the test please contact:
  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures: Leonid Livak leo.livak@utoronto.ca
  • German Department: Professor Markus Stock at stock@utoronto.ca
  • Hungarian: Dr. Eva Tomory at eva.tomory@utoronto.ca
  • Italian Department: italian.grad@utoronto.ca
  • Spanish and Portuguese Department: Professor Nestor Rodriguez at spanish.graduate@utoronto.ca
  • Modern Greek: Dr. Themistoklis Aravossitas (themis.aravossitas@utoronto.ca)
  • The Department of French no longer offers placement tests or proficiency exams. MA students interested in taking French in the French Department must be enrolled in the FSL6000H Reading French for Graduate Students http://www.french.utoronto.ca/courses/154 via ACORN. If you think you do not need to take the course, you can opt for FSL6000 for exam only option. Please send your request along with any past evidence of language knowledge to André Tremblay, Graduate Counsellor, at gradcounsellor@utoronto.ca. You will need to register via ACORN  in FSL6000H Exam-Only option. Once enrolled, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to find out the date, time, room number and tools allowed for the final exam.

Q: When should the language requirement be fulfilled?

A:  It must be fulfilled by the beginning of the first semester of the second year.

Q: I have previous knowledge of a foreign language but no certificate. Whom should I contact before registering in a language course?

A: Please contact a relevant language department to schedule a placement test. Your placement will depend on the test results and the instructor’s recommendation.

Q: I would like to start learning a new European language while at CERES? Is it still possible to fulfill the language requirement?

A: Yes, it’s possible. For example, you can start your first year with taking Russian on 100 Level and continue with Russian 200 level during your second year. Please note, taking a language course cannot be counted towards 6 full course credits requirement for graduation.

Internships and Professional Development

Q: Where do I get a list of CERES internship placements?

A: You will be given CERES Internship Handbook at the first internship orientation session.

Q: Does CERES offer any opportunities for professional development and networking?

A: While at CERES you will be offered three mandatory professional development workshops in your first year as well as various opportunities to network with former alumni/professionals in an official setting. Please use your time wisely: attend events, come prepared with your questions and follow up to build relationships.

Exchanges

Q: I want to go on an exchange/summer school at the UofT’s partnering institution. Where should I start?

A: Please check exchange opportunities and the deadlines to apply at https://learningabroad.utoronto.ca/graduate/. Please attend an orientation session with Safety Abroad Office and Centre for International Experience in October. If you have further questions, please contact Laura Morello, Learning Abroad Advisor & Manager, Centre for International Experience at  <laura.morello@utoronto.ca>.

Graduation

Q: What do I have to do to graduate?

A: You must complete six full credits of coursework, 10-week regional placement (internship and/or exchange) and fulfill the language requirement.

Q: When can I graduate?

A: As soon as you have met the requirements stated above. Most students complete the program within two years. Maximum length to complete the degree is 3 years. Many CERES students opt for graduation in November as it allows more time to work on their MRPs. For more information about convocation and graduation please visit http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Graduation-and-Convocation.aspx

General Information

Q: Will I have space to study at CERES?

A: Yes. You will have access to shared students space at the Centre. Submit a key deposit and you will receive the keys shortly after the orientation in September.

Q: I am going on internship or exchange and will be gone from Toronto for a while. Should I return my keys after my first year?

A: No. Keep your keys and return them after your second year.

Q: I am struggling with academic writing/speaking? Who can help?

A: The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) offers five types of support designed to target the needs of both native and non-native speakers of English: non-credit courses, single-session workshops, individual writing consultations, writing intensives, and a list of additional resources for academic writing and speaking. All of GCAC programs are free. While the workshops function on a drop-in basis, writing centre consultations require an appointment, and courses and writing intensives require registration. You can also consider joining Graduate Writing Group, that offers small, informal and encouraging atmosphere for you to focus on your work and discuss your writing goals.

Q: I require medical help/counselling? Where should I turn for help at UofT?

A: For general and mental health issues please contact Health and Wellness Centre. If you require disability documentation to obtain academic accommodations, visit the Accessibility Services website. 

Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?

A: Larysa Iarovenko, Program and Internship Coordinator. She will either be able to answer your questions and/or put you in contact with someone who can. Her e-mail address is:  Larysa.iarovenko@utoronto.ca or phone 416 946 89 62.

School of Graduate Studies Important links

Internships and Exchange Programs

Internships

CERES offers summer internship placements at the partnering institutions in Europe. A list of organizations will be provided to the current students during the first internship orientation session. Some of the recent placements include:

  • Carnegie Europe, Brussels, Belgium
  • IOM, Budapest
  • Caucasus Resource Research Center (CRRC), Tbilisi, Georgia
  • The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Budapest, Hungary
  • Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES), Uppsala, Sweden
  • Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, Norway
  • Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

Exchange Programs

The Centre for International Experience at UofT offers numerous opportunities for learning abroad. For the list of participating institutions, application process and deadlines please consult  https://learningabroad.utoronto.ca/graduate/.

Please note: for all international experiences you need to fulfill all Safety Abroad requirements! https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/sao.

CERES managed opportunities:

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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