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 the end of your second year in 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: Undergraduate Assistant – gayle.grisdale@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. The tuition fee  for 2019 – 2020 Fall-Winter Session for domestic students is $7,850.90 CAD and for international students is $26,046.90.

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: katia.malyuzhinets@utoronto.ca

All non-ERE courses, with a few exceptions, are NOT available for registration before September 7, 2021.  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 6, 2021.

WINTER/SPRING COURSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 10, 2022.

All CERES fall and winter term courses will be available online. We are working with the rest of the university to determine, according to health and safety requirements, when and how we will be able to offer also in-person learning. This is an on-going process about which updates will be posted. 

Courses offered through CERES

FALL TERM

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

Mondays 10 am – 12 pm
Location: In Person
Instructor:  Way
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

ERE1165H1(Spring or Summer) International Internship

ERE1170HF – Conflicts and Para-States in the European Union’s Backyard

This course examines conflicts and para-states in the European Union’s (EU) backyard. As EU enlargement continues, the European Commission has confirmed that it will be importing any bilateral conflicts into the Union. Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are already candidates to join the EU. Bosnia and Kosovo are potential candidates. Despite more than twenty years since the wars ended, a plethora of regional disputes and domestic shortcoming plague the Europeanization project. The first six classes examine bilateral and domestic challenges in the potential EU member states of the so-called Western Balkans. The starting point of the Balkans module is the origins of the wars and the peace treaties that followed. The second module examines para-states in countries that are under the umbrella of the EU’s European Neighborhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. It examines the origins of largely separatist wars, the role of the EU, Russia and the United States and the paths to something more than the ceasefires that are now in place. The course emphasizes intensive reading along with feature films and documentaries. Students will be expected to completely familiar with the historical and contemporary contexts along with the peace treaties that shape the region.Instructor: Austin

Day and time: Thursdays, 1-3 pm
Location: In Person – VIC115
Instructor: Austin
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

ERE1179H(F) Illiberalism in East Central Europe

The course covers primarily the “Visegrád Alliance” of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. The former East Germany will also be frequently discussed as a post socialist area with many of the characteristics of its eastern neighbors. The varied course topics deal with where illiberalism in the area comes from, how it feels, and why we should care.

Wednesdays 10 am-12 pm
Location: Online synchronous
Instructor: Kalmar
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

ERE1997H1Y Independent Reading Course 

SPRING TERM

ERE1994HS – Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies – The Search for Security in Europe since 1945 

This course uses a historical lens to consider international security problems – and solutions – in Europe since the end of the Second World War. Students will examine the national, bilateral, and multilateral security institutions that developed on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and the fate of these institutions after the end of the Cold War. (For instance: The Brussels Pact, WEU, NATO, Warsaw Treaty Organization, CSCE/OSCE, etc.) It will include consideration of how European countries adjusted their diplomatic, defence, and other security policies in the wake of the collapse of European empires abroad, and in the shadow of both the United States and the Soviet Union. Students will be encouraged to consider the various political, social, economic and other sources of thinking about security in Europe from the second half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. The course will serve as a useful foundation for students interested in an MRP related to European diplomacy, defence, or security issues.

Mondays 10 am – 12 pm
Location: In Person
Instructor:  Sayle
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ERE1161HS – Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies: Late Stalinism and the Khrushchev Thaw

This course explores the political and cultural history of the Soviet Union across the 1953 divide. Students will explore a variety of topics, including sport, architecture, political developments, repression and mass violence, as well as the Soviet Union’s engagement with the world beyond the Eastern Bloc. While students will engage primarily with secondary literature, the class will also analyze a significant number of primary sources (films, literature, documents etc).

Tuesdays 5-7 pm
Location: In Person
Instructor:  TBA
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ERE1998H1S  Modern Greece in the Balkans and the European Union 

*Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 it is unclear whether the course can take place in the summer of 2022. An announcement will follow once UofT releases guidelines re: travel as of May 1, 2022.

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 2022 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 2022.

Proposal deadline:  TBA 

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

ERE1998H1S  Independent Reading Course 

Putting Policy into Action: How the sausage gets made

The first four weeks will focus on the basics of policymaking, particularly from the perspective of the public service. How do governments set and prioritize their agenda? What is the process of interaction between political officials, including ministers, and the public service? How do stakeholders – interest groups and citizens alike – engage in the process? How do public servants choose and design delivery methods to turn policy proposals into initiatives. What can go wrong and how can one best avoid this? How are results assessed? And how does one communicate all of the above appropriately and effectively, including in the era of social media and the 24/7 news cycle.

Specific examples will be cited throughout. Students also will do a Briefing Note assignment individually on a topical issue, based on a template common in government for the briefing of senior officials and ministers.

The second four weeks will apply these learnings in the context of Canada-Europe and internal European affairs. The first two classes will involve discussion of applicable case studies. The second two classes will involve presentation of Minister’s Briefing decks on assigned Canada-Europe or European affairs topics to a guest “Minister,” mimicking what its like inside government. Students will work in teams of four, applying a template common in government.

Students will be assessed on a marking rubric of: 40 per cent for the briefing note assignment, 40 per cent for the minister’s briefing assignment and 20 per cent for class participation.

Day and time: Thursdays 1-3:30 pm The eight-week course, totalling 20 hours of class time, will consist of two parts.
Location: In person – SK 222
Instructor: Fagan
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ERE1999H (F) Independent Reading Course

ERE1195HS  – Ukrainian history and politics

The course will introduce students to Ukrainian history and politics.  It will cover Ukraine’s pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet politics, with special attention to the country’s current political challenges, including the ongoing conflict with Russia and Russian-backed separatists, as well as Ukraine’s ambitious anti-corruption reforms.  There will also be some coverage of social issues such as economic development, social welfare, and migration, as well as Ukraine’s cultural achievements.

Mondays 2- 4 pm
Location: In person
Instructor: Light
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

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

Wednesdays 12 – 2 pm
Location: In person, LA 341
Instructor: Austin
Term: starts in the Spring semester, continues into second year
Credit: 1.0

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

COURSE ENROLLMENT OPEN SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

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: Online synchronous
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.

FALL TERM

COL5117H F FREUD AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

In this seminar, we will examine the writings of Sigmund Freud in their historical context, starting with the intellectual and political milieu of fin-de-siècle Vienna that set the stage for the invention of psychoanalysis. From here we will investigate aspects of Freud’s entire career, grouped roughly in four stages: his early 1890s writings on hysteria and his experiments with hypnosis, leading to his discovery of the “talking cure” and eventually the “secret of dreams” (The Interpretation of Dreams); his 1900s creation of the major concepts of sexual theory (his early case studies as well as Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality); his central writings before, during and after World War I, from Totem and Taboo and The Uncanny through to his seminal work on shell shock, repetition compulsion, and the death drive in Beyond the Pleasure Principle; and his attempts to diagnose wide-ranging pathologies of society and culture in the late 1920s and 1930s (e.g., The Future of an IllusionCivilization and Its Discontents, and Moses and Monotheism). The goal is to present a broad critical introduction to Freud’s work and to investigate key concepts of psychoanalytic theory.

Wednesdays, 1-3 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor:J. Zilcosky
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

COL5143HF DRAMATURGIES OF THE DIALECTIC PART I: HEGEL: THE END OF ART AND THE ENDGAME OF THEATER

We’ll be thinking about some repercussions of Hegel’s infamous pronouncement of the “end of art.”   Why does Hegel say that art “no longer counts” as the expression of truth and what does this obsolescence imply for the practice of philosophy and for political practice?  We’ll look at the ways in which art, according to Hegel, stages its own undoing at every stage and in every art form (sculpture, painting, music, etc), but especially in theatre, which Hegel presents both as the “highest” art form and the scene of art’s ultimate undoing.  Why does theater occupy this privileged position?  And what comes next?  We’ll be focusing on selected portions of Hegel’s Aesthetics and the Phenomenology of Spirit, alongside other contemporary writings, such as Lessing, Schelling, and Hölderlin.  And we’ll be reading some of the plays –mostly, but not always, tragedies — they were watching (or at least reading, or imagining watching): Sophocles, Euripides, Schiller, Goethe, Diderot, Aristophanes.  And finally, we’ll consider the peculiar afterlife of theatre in philosophy – as a scene of pedagogy, a performance, and a political spectacle.

Wednesdays, 4-6 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: R. Comay
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SPRING TERM

 

COL5144HS DRAMATURGIES OF THE DIALECTIC PART II: TRAGEDY AND PHILOSOPHY AFTER HEGEL

Philosophy has always had a special interest in tragedy, and has often used it as either a negative or positive foil (sometimes both at once) to construct its own self-image.  Plato famously banned tragedy; Aristotle recouped it; German idealist philosophers saw in “the tragic” a mirror-image of philosophy’s own preoccupations; Nietzsche blamed philosophy for tragedy’s demise; Marx saw in tragedy’s own (tragic) slide into farce a symptom of practical-theoretical enervation.

In this semester we’ll explore the entanglement of philosophy and tragedy after Hegel, and in the light of the failed 1848 revolutions, with focused attention on how later thinkers raise the political stakes of this entanglement.  We’ll be exploring the links between tragedy and sovereignty; tragedy and revolution; tragedy and gender; the predicaments of decolonial tragedy; the relationship between genre and medium.

Readings to include: Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit and Sophocles, Antigone; Marx, Eighteenth Brumaire; Nietzsche, Birth of Tragedy; Brecht, Short Organon and selected plays; Benjamin, Origin of the German Trauerspiel and “What is Epic Theatre?”; Adorno, “Trying to Understand Endgame and Beckett’s Endgame; Eisenstein’s Notes towards his (unrealized) film version of Capital; C.L.R James, The Black Jacobins and his Toussaint Louverture (the play); Nicole Loraux, Mothers in Mourning; Judith Butler, Antigone’s Claim; Raymond Williams, Modern Tragedy.

Wednesdays, 4-6 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: R. Comay
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

JCD5135HS RACE POLITICS AND JEWISHNESS

This course will trace the complicated history of Jewish racialization from the Spanish conception of limpieza de sangre (“the cleanness of blood”) to the “whitening” of (some) Jewish Americans and Jewish racial positioning today; we will also follow the tensions and coalitions of Jews and other racialized others, including Indigenous peoples, Palestinians, and Black, paying particular attention to Jewish-Black relations from the slave trade to the labor movement, the Women’s March, and Black Lives Matter. Alongside these historical studies, we will collaboratively build a theoretical apparatus for understanding the often-charged nexus between Jewish Studies and Critical Race Theory, reading Max Weinreich’s mobilization of the W.E.B. Du Bois’s “double consciousness”, Frantz Fanon’s dialogue with Sartre’s Anti-Semite and Jew, the controversy around Nadia Abu El-Haj’s The Genealogical Science, and Jewish responses to Frank Wilderson III’s Afropessimism. We will watch Al Jolson’s 1927 The Jazz Singer and Anna Deveare Smith’s 1992 Fires in the Mirror, and read early-twentieth-century Yiddish anti-lynching poetry, Toni Morrison’s 1977 Song of Solomon, and Philip Roth’s 2000 The Human Stain.

Other readings include selections from the following books:

Henry Goldschmidt, Race and Religion among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights (2008)

Geraldine Heng, England and the Jews: How Religion and Violence Created the First Racial State in the West (2018)

Maria Elena Martinez, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (2008)

Noah Tamarkin, Genetic Afterlives: Black Jewish Indigeneity in South Africa (2020)

Frank Wilderson III, Afropessimism (2020)

Thursdays, 10am -12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: N. Seidman
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

JGC1855HS 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.

Wednesdays 2-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: W. Goetschel
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.

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: TBA
Instructor: L. Kosals
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

CRI3220HS  Organized Crime and Corruption

The course will examine selected topics in organized crime (OC) and corruption, including the definition of OC and corruption; criminal structures within OC, related phenomena, including terrorism, white collar crime, gendered organized crime, mutual legal assistance to target transnational organized crime; money laundering, the prosecution of organized crime, and countermeasures and policies to combat corruption and OC.

Thursdays   4 – 6 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Light
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5


GERMANIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

FALL TERM

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.

GER6000H F Reading German for Graduate Students (can be used to fulfill language requirement)
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

SPRING TERM

GER1485H S Goethe’s Novels
From the moment he published his first novel, Die Leiden des jungen Werther, at the age of 24 to the appearance of Wilhelm Meister’s Wanderjahre three years before his death, Goethe’s novels set the tone for prose writing in German. His novels are daring, bold, experimental, never satisfied with repeating formula or meeting reader-expectations. In them, he tests the limits of narrative prose, and explores the boundaries between fiction and science, psychology and fantasy. The world of Goethe’s novels raises some important questions for our own
age, as we try to discover an appropriate language for talking about truth, globalization and power. In this course we will read all of Goethe’s novels with an aim to rethinking current ideas on language and truth.

Friday 10 am – 12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor:  John Noyes
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GER1661H S Modernism in Context
This course will examine the major writers of German and Austro- Hungarian modernism in the context of their age. We will pay particular attention to literary modernism’s relation—sometimes contentious, sometimes symbiotic—to philosophy and psychoanalysis (Marx, Nietzsche, Freud). Authors discussed will likely include Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Robert Musil, Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Schnitzler, and Hermann Hesse.

Mondays 12-2 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: John Zilcosky
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

JGC1855H S 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 2-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Will Goetschel
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GER6000H S Reading German for Graduate Students ( can be used to fulfill your language requirement)
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. Can be used to fulfill your language requirement.

Fridays  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 7, 2021.

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.

 

FALL TERM

GLA2024H F INTELLIGENCE AND CYBERSECURITY IN GLOBAL POLITICS

Information technology is ubiquitous. It powers the global economy, improves government administration, enhances military power, and connects modern civil society. For the same reasons, technology creates new opportunities to leverage these same networks for espionage, subversion, and disruption. While the technology is new, practices of deception and counterintelligence are very old. This course examines the problems of cybersecurity through the lens of intelligence. Students will be introduced to enduring concepts from the world of intelligence and learn to apply them through a series of case studies of modern cyber conflict.

Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm
Location: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2056H F The Populist Radical Right 

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 11am – 1 pm
Location: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Instructor: Kasekamp
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2094H F Topics in Security: Researching Terrorism

Description:

Focuses on key opportunities and challenges in researching terrorism and terrorism financing. After an analysis of the practice of terrorism research and some of the main pitfalls associated with it, students learn how to access information about terrorism, approach the issue of terrorism financing, build and use databases of terrorist attacks, evaluate counterterrorism policies, and write about terrorism and counterterrorism. These skills are essential for relevant careers in think tanks, academia, government, the media, NGOs, IGOs, and the private sector.

Wednesday 10 am-12 pm
Location: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Instructor: Benoît Gomis
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2097H F: Topics in Global Affairs VI: The E.U., the U.K., and the Brexit

Description:

The aim of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of how and why the EU came into existence, how it became a world power, how it takes decisions and why the United Kingdom first hesitated to join, then joined and subsequently – having spent fifty years reforming the EU in its own image – chose to leave again. A glimpse into future scenarios will look at the potential impact of this development, particularly with regard to relations between the EU and North America. Through a series of lectures, student research presentations, film showings and discussions with visiting speakers, course participants will be encouraged to ask questions and seek answers to the major strategic implications of the EU’s emergence and its role in the world today.

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

Thursdays 10am-12 pm
Location: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Instructor: TBA
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2060H F – Topics in Development: Conflicts and Socioeconomic Development: Causes, Consequences, and Responses

The goal of this course is to introduce you to current debates and issues related to civil wars and political violence and their linkages with socioeconomic development.  The course will draw on a combination of theory and empirics, using detailed country specific and cross-country empirical evidence to critically understand the emergence of conflict and its consequences primarily, but not exclusively, from the perspective of economists and economic research. The course is divided into three parts.  The first part will cover core debates on conflict, primarily from the perspective of economists.  We will begin by understanding how conflict and violence are conceptualized and measured, and then turn attention to the causes and consequences of conflict.  We will look carefully at the causes and triggers of conflict and at the consequences of conflict for people’s lives, focusing on education, health, and labour outcomes, and on social capital and political participation, at both the macro- and micro-levels. We will also focus on responses to violence and conflict, looking at how individuals cope with conflict.  During the second part of the course we will explore several topics related to conflict and violence and in particular we will look into (i) how violence and conflict affect institutions at the local level; (ii) gender-based violence and women empowerment in post-conflict settings; (iii) urban violence; (iv) the war on drugs, and (v) characteristics, roots and organization of terrorism.  This second part of the course will consist of student-lead classes, in which you (with my guidance) will be the main actors in explaining and exploring these topical and contemporary issues. Finally, the last part of the course will focus on the research methods applied by economists and other disciplines to investigate conflict, on how to assess the quality and implications of conflict research and on how to run research in conflict-affected areas.

Tuesdays 1-3 pm
Location: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Instructor: Paola Salardi
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SPRING TERM

GLA2067H S Topics in Justice II: Environmental Justice in Practice

Description:

This course examines the theory and practice of environmental justice.  It uses case studies to investigate a broad range of issues including environmental racism, community vulnerability and resilience to extractive industries, environmental accountability, nature conservation and social exclusion, and the displacement effects of a poorly governed, global shift to renewable energy.

Emphases: Justice

Thursdays 3-5pm
Location: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Instructor: Teresa Kramarz
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GLA2010H S – Geopolitics of Cyberspace

*This course has limited space. Non-departmental enrollment may be restricted depending on space.

The constantly evolving digital electronic telecommunications environment that surrounds us is having dramatic and far-reaching impacts on our lives, social relationships, and systems of political authority. While they have not eliminated the perennial quest for power, security and competitive advantage among actors on the world stage, they are profoundly changing the context and the character of these contests. Individuals, organizations, corporations and states are all seeking ways to control information and information systems to pursue political objectives in the midst of a rapidly evolving technological environment.

This course is an intensive examination of the newly evolving terrain of global digital‐electronic‐telecommunications through the lens of the research of the Citizen Lab. For over 15 years, the Citizen Lab (https://citizenlab.ca/) — an interdisciplinary research laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto (which the instructor founded and currently directs) — has investigated issues at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security. We use a “mixed methods” approach to research combining practices from political science, law, computer science, and area studies. We see ourselves as a kind of “early warning system,” looking over the horizon, or peering beneath the covers of the technological systems that surround us, to expose abuses of power, violations of human rights, or other threats to privacy and security.

After setting the stage with some general readings on background and context, we turn to several modules organized as detailed examinations of the Citizen Lab’s mixed methods research on information controls, including analyzing Internet censorship and surveillance, investigating targeted digital espionage, uncovering privacy and security risks of mobile applications, disinformation operations, and the role of the private sector in information controls. We conclude with an exploration of threat modeling and how each of you can increase your own digital hygiene.

The goals of the class are two-fold: first, we aim to familiarize you with the unique approach, methods, and outputs of the Citizen Lab. The Citizen Lab is a very unusual research organization. Our publications routinely make world news, and we have exposed the wrong-doings of very powerful states and companies. (Perhaps not surprisingly, these efforts have had significant repercussions, which we will discuss); second, we also aim to better equip you with the tools to help you navigate this complex, evolving terrain. You do not need to be a computer scientist or software engineer to take this course, nor will you learn how to become one. But we hope that by the end of the course you will have a better understanding of how digital-electronic-telecommunications are organized and are evolving, and more importantly how they impact your life, rights, and security.

Wednesday 10:00am-Noon

Location: Transit House, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Instructor: Ronald Deibert
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

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

Description:

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.

Mondays 2-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Jack Cunningham
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ASI4900H S Comparative Regional Studies of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

This course considers how China’s enormous Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has generated cultural, political, social, and economic transformations across Asian and Eurasian contexts. The course is open to senior undergraduate and early graduate students, and it will be include students from three institutes participating in The Belt and Road in Global Perspective project: i) Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and the Asian Institute, both at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto; ii) the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; and iii) Political Science and International Relations Department, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan).

Thursday 8-10 am
Location: Room: B019, 315 Bloor St. West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Instructor: TBA
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.

Enrolment for non-History* students will open on August 23, 2021.

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.

FALL TERM

HIS1205H F The Communist Experience in Central and Eastern Europe

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of 20th century east European Communism. A little over three decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the east European communist regimes, scholars across the disciplines continue interpreting communism’s multifaceted legacy. Consensus on what exactly constituted state socialism and how to remember it, however, is difficult to achieve. With emphasis on recent historiography, this course highlights the complexities of the communist past. Focusing on a range of issues–such as nostalgia, consumer culture, sexuality, gender, nationalism, dissidence, political violence and attempts at transitional justice–this course will reveal that, when considered as a lived-experience, it is impossible to represent socialism in a straightforward and unambiguous narrative. Instead, we will explore the various, sometimes conflicting, ways in which people lived in and through the communist regimes and the ways in which they have come to interpret their legacy. This course will combine discussion of scholarly studies with screenings of documentary and fiction films. For their writing assignments students will produce a historiographical survey, a comparative essay on visual and written sources, and a research paper based on both secondary and relevant primary sources. Students will also deliver an in-class presentation and lead discussion.

Tuesdays: 10 am-12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Topouzova
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1275HF 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).

Mondays 2-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Retallack
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1416HF Early Modern English Popular Culture

This seminar introduces students to current research debates and methodologies in early modern British social, cultural and legal history. Topics include orality, literacy and print culture, religion, magic, medicine, drink, sex, work and public order.

Thursdays 11am -1 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Mori
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SPRING TERM

HIS1019H S Science, Nature, and Empire

Empire has long been considered a crucible in which the sciences of nature were formed. The radically different environments, places, and forms of life that Europeans encountered as they expanded their territorial reach overseas—and the exotic organisms that accompanied returning explorers and collectors to Europe—exploded standard understandings of nature and the world, ushering in new theories, methods, and practices for knowing nature. This course will engage literature on the science of nature since the early modern period, with a particular focus on the 18th and 19th centuries, in the context of European imperial exploration, expansion, and violence. Particular attention will be paid to the roles of indigenous knowers, knowledge systems, theories, and practices in shaping modern understandings and sciences of nature.

Tuesdays 10 am-12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Woods
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1236HS Modern French Colonial History

This seminar will examine recent trends in French colonial history, covering the period from the conquest of Algeria (1830) to the wars of decolonization. Readings will span a wide geographical range, encompassing French colonies in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, and ending chronologically with postcolonial legacies and the question of Francafrique.

Monday 12-2 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Jennings
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1245H S Gender, Men and Women in European History 1500-1950

This course explores theories and histories of gender with particular attention to Europe over four-and-a-half centuries. We will consider gender and sexuality as connected and entangled with religion, violence, the state, and everyday life. The chronological and geographic boundaries of the course are porous, and we will be especially attentive to linkages between Europe and Africa, Asia, and the Americas and the ways gender shaped those interactions and intersections and how people experienced them. Assigned readings will pair older scholarship with new work to reveal continuities and changes in the discipline. Students will explore an area of particular interest in a historiographic analysis and participate in peer-review workshops.

Mondays  10 am -12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Bergen
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1265H S Gender, Men and Women in European History 1500-1950

This course will examine how Europeans and North Americans confront the memory of both Nazi mass murder and the Allied bombing of Germany through the law, literature, left wing agitation, film, memorials and museums, and political debates. How do postwar representations of German atrocities and the Allied liberation of Europe, or conversely, German suffering and Allied war crimes shift throughout the postwar period, and what do these representations mean for “overcoming the past?” We will juxtapose generational responses, national reactions (including Germany, Poland, Israel, and the US and Canada), and official vs. unofficial representations of the atrocities of the Second World War. Among the focal points: the Nuremberg and postwar West German trials of Nazis, the fascination with Anne Frank, anti-fascist terror in 1970s Germany, The Berlin Memorial and the US Holocaust Museum, and films such as Shoah and Schindler’s List, and the explosion of debate on the bombing of Germany between 1943-45

Thursdays  12-2 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Wittmann
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1287H S Polish Jews since the Partitions of Poland

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

Thursdays  9-11 am
Location: TBA
Instructor: Wrobel
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1435H S Studies in Victorian Society

This course will consider some of the major themes in Victorian social and cultural history with emphasis on the most recent secondary literature. Examples include a feminist analysis of the victims of Jack the Ripper, a revisionist treatment of servants after Downton Abbey, and covid-informed examinations of the influenza pandemic of 1918. Emphasis will be on trends in the scholarship, models for writing, and links with other fields.

Tuesdays  2-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Loeb
Term: Spring
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.

All fall (H1F), full/year (Y1Y) and spring term (H1S) courses administered through the Department of Political Science will have an enrollment  window exclusively for political science graduate students.  For fall and full year courses the window will be September 1st through 14th and for spring term courses , September 1st through January 11th.  From September 15th to the 21st for fall/winter courses and Jan 12th through 18th for spring term courses, enrollment may open up to students on wait lists and those from outside the department if instructors indicate they would like us to do so and provided there is space in the classroom.

FALL TERM

POL2026H1F Topics in Political Thought I: Contemporary Debates in Democratic Theory

This course will examine contemporary theoretical debates over the meaning of democracy. Approaches to democratic theory will include liberalism, neo-republicanism, deliberative democracy, and agonistic democracy. Themes will include “epistocracy,” elite democracy, representation, populism, transnational and cosmopolitan democracy, and comparative democratic theory.

Mondays 2 – 5 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Williams
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JPA2353H1F Authoritarianism in Comparative Perspective

This course examines the politics of authoritarianism in theory and practice. It covers major theories in authoritarian politics, ranging from the selectorate theory, authoritarian institutions, impact of institutions on political outcome, ways of measuring authoritarian state power, democracy and development, to social movement and state repression in authoritarian regimes. We will draw on cases from around the world, with some emphasis on Asian authoritarian states.

Mondays  12 – 2 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Ong
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2372H1F The Comparative Political Economy of Industrial Societies

This seminar course examines the relationship of state and economy in advanced capitalist democracies, assessing the importance of differences across time and space for a proper understanding of this connection. After a discussion of historical approaches to the study of the political economy of capitalism, the course evaluates the ‘varieties of capitalism’ literature and its main alternatives. It then examines the political economy of macro-economic and industrial policy, and of growth and innovation, labour unions, class voting, electoral politics and related topics.

Thursdays  2-4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Haddow
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2026H1F Topics in Political Thought I: French Political Thought I

This course explores three key concepts (the state, social norms, the individual) in the development of the history of French political through the study of three canonical texts: Bodin’s Six Books of the Republic, Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws and Rousseau’s Confessions

Thursdays 2 – 4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Kingston
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2206H1F Topics in International Politics II: The Planet’s Last Frontiers: Governance of Antarctica, Oceans and Outer Space

This course will examine the law, politics and environmental challenges surrounding three parts of the Earth that belong to no one (i.e. res nullius): Antarctica, the high seas (and a variety of associated environmental issues) and outer space. We ask several questions related to each of these areas:1) What environmental threats do they face?
2) How have these threats been addressed – both through international environmental law, and other policy approaches?
3) Have these approaches been successful, and why or why not? We review the history and mechanics of international environmental law to understand the tools available to manage these areas, and then investigate each area in detail to understand current management practices and challenges. We will then turn to the legal and political responses.

Mondays 12 – 2 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Green
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2075H1F Post-Modern and Contemporary Thought

Study of postmodern and contemporary themes. Beginning with political economy, then the effect of technology on politics, a discussion of Western colonialism leading to a revised concept of social relations. Social contract theory will be analyzed through a natural contract as well as examination of individualism and the posthuman.

Mondays  10 am -12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Cook
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

 

POL2256H1F Global Summit Governance and Diplomacy

The development, participants, performance and reform of global summit governance, through a focus on the Group of Seven and Group of Twenty as informal “soft law” plurilateral summit institutions and their relationship with the “hard law” multilateral organizations of the United Nations and Bretton Woods bodies, especially in the 21st-century. It It then assesses the competing theories and models developed to describe and explain their performance on the key dimensions of global governance, and to evaluate various proposals for improving compliance with their commitments and broader reform. It examines the G7 and G20 diplomacy of the key summit members of the United States, China, Germany and Canada, with a concluding simulation of the next G7 summit, to be hosted by Germany in the spring of 2021.

Thursdays  10 am -12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Kirton
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SPRING TERM

POL2026H1S Topics in Political Thought I: French Political Thought II

This course explores the development of modern political thought in the French context through the development and growing awareness of three key tensions: individualism as a threat to the state and social norms, social norms as a threat to individualism and the state as a potential threat to social norms. Examples of these tensions will be explored through the study of three canonical texts in the tradition.

Thursdays 2 – 4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Kingston
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POPOL2027H1S Topics in Political Thought II: Power and Interest in Political Theory

Main approaches to understanding power (as power-to, power-over, or power-with) and interest (informed, prudent preference, rational-care, or constructivist); the aggregation, articulation, and representation of interests; how different ideologies treat power and interest.

Thursdays 9- 11 am
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Sabl
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

JPR2051H1S Fanaticism: A Political History

This seminar in theory will explore the modern history of the concept of ‘fanaticism’ and its role in the development of political modernity. A focus on the concept of the “fanatic” (and its cognates) from the perspective of its various uses in political and religious thought from the Early Modern period through the Enlightenment and up to the present day, provides a fascinating opportunity for a critical review of the secular, rationalist, and scientific assumptions underwriting modern political forms and concepts, especially those of liberal democracy. At the same time, the course will offer critical insight into the ways in which religious and political differences among colonial “others” were, and continue to be, central to the elaboration of Western theoretical discourse on fanaticism and extremism as forms of “political pathology”. (Given by the Departments of Political Science and Religion)

Tuesdays  4-6 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Marshall
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2206H1S Topics in International Politics II: Great Power Politics

Wednesdays  4-6 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Norrlof
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2206H1S Topics in International Politics II: The Changing Face of Armed Conflict: From Interstate War to Asymmetric Warfare

The events of the last two decades have led to renewed interest in the changing face of war, and especially in the unique and challenging characteristics of asymmetric warfare. Research in international relations, not surprisingly, mirrors this renewed interest, and offers a burst of new analyses and findings regarding these issues. This new research, however, is still, relatively speaking, in its early stages and often struggles to develop more cohesive analytical frame-works. Indeed, even the core concepts that motivate this research are often contested and ill defined: asymmetric warfare, insurgency, small wars, terrorism, to name a few. Furthermore, asymmetric warfare, which often involves non-state actors, offers an additional challenge for existing theories of international security which tend to be state-centric. This literature, thus, cuts across traditional disciplinary lines between comparative politics and international relations.
This seminar seeks to review recent works on asymmetric warfare in an attempt to contribute to this growing literature. This is a re-search seminar. Students are expected to conduct independent re-search that engages with the topics covered in the course. This is not intended to be a “how to” manual for the conduct of counter-insurgency, nor an arena for endless political debate regarding the futility or brutality of war. Instead, this seminar focuses on developing a theoretical and analytical approach to these issues.

Mondays  2-4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Gilady
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2207H1S Topics in International Politics III: Advanced Topics in International Security

At its heart, this course is about the international dimensions of civil wars. As a result, the questions discussed in this course lie at the nexus between International Relations and Comparative Politics. How are ethnic identities activated and mobilized in civil wars? If identity-based conflicts are “contagious,” what are the mechanisms through which domestic conflicts spread across borders? Looking at the conflict processes on the ground, can these violent processes be contained? What are the legal criteria for intervening in these conflicts? What are the potential hazards of international interventions in these complex conflict zones, both from an operational standpoint and in terms of long-term stabilization goals? What are the obstacles and opportunities in negotiating peace?
To answer these questions, this course engages the literatures on ethnic conflict, civil wars, international interventions, negotiated settlements, irredentism and separatism, and war economies. This course is an advanced fourth year undergraduate seminar that assumes a strong foundation in International Relations theory, and previous coursework in International Security. Reading, writing, teamwork, participation, and presentations are required. There is no final exam.

Tuesdays  10 am- 12 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Ahmad
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 through reference to both theoretical work and by carefully examining the functions and operations of major international organizations.

Tuesdays  2-4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Lipscy
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2258H1S Global Summit Policy Performance

How well, how and why do Group of Seven and Group of Twenty summits govern the central subjects of global governance from the economic-financial, social, ecological sustainability and political security domains, including climate change, health, gender equality, digitalization, democracy and human rights. The course critically assesses the proposition that the G7 and G20 are emerging as effective centres of global governance. They could be doing so in competition, cooperation and combination with leading countries such as the United Staes and China, emerging non-member countries and groupings, formal multilateral and regional international institutions, globalized markets, other private sector processes and networks, civil society and empowered individuals. It first reviews the major models of G7 and G20 performance, with a focus on member’s compliance with summit commitments, and then has student present each week on the subjects of the their choice, in the order identified above. The course culminates with a simulation of the next G20 summit, in Indonesia in the autumn of 2022.

Thursdays  10 am -12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Kirton
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.

FALL TERM

SLA1224HF – 19th CENTURY RUSSIAN POETRY

A survey of the golden age of Russian poetry with special attention to the evolution of verse forms and poetic genres. In this course students acquire advanced skills in the close reading of poetic forms and in their contextual historical analysis and interpretation. Taught in Russian, readings in Russian and English.

Wednesdays 2-5 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Smolyarova, T.
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA1304HF 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.

Friday 10 am-12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Trojanowska, T.
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA1405HF – Contemporary East European Cinemas

Tuesday 11 am -1 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Mandusic, Z.
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SPRING TERM

SLA1039HS Kyiv-Kiev-Kijow: A City and the Text

A cultural history of the Ukrainian capital: Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Jewish ”versions” of the city; artworks and literary texts that capture the complexity of Kyivan history and culture.

Thursdays 2-5 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Koznarsky, T.
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1220HS – Russian Thinkers

The course examines the major Russian social and political thinkers and movements in the nineteenth century, and the historical, philosophical and literary contexts in which they were writing. Topics studied may include: the Russian Enlightenment and the growth of rationalism; Decembrism; Chaadaev’s “Philosophical Letter”; Russian Hegelianism; the Slavophiles and Westernisers; Herzen and Russian socialism; the tradition of Russian literary criticism from Belinsky to Pisarev; nihilists, liberals and conservatives in the mid-nineteenth century; populism and anarchism; the foundations of Marxism in Russia. Taught in a combination of lectures and seminars, with weekly readings in English and, for Russian majors, in the original.

Fridays 12-3 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Smith
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1229HS – Russian Literature Between Tradition and Modernity

Tuesdays 1-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Holland, K.
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

SLA1330HS – Literature and Science

In this course we will examine European science fiction, focusing on literature, drama, and film produced in Central and Eastern Europe. Shaped by the experience of two world wars, two totalitarianisms, and several revolutions, continental sci-fi is known for its radical and uncompromising thought experiments and daring aesthetics. We will discuss works by H.G. Wells, Evgenii Zamiatin, Karel Čapek, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Fritz Lang, Stanisław Lem, Andrei Tarkovsky, Jacek Dukaj, and others against the cultural and theoretical background of modernity. We will base our methodology on the theoretical framework developed by science fiction studies, yet our focus in the course will be various strategies of re-enchanting the modern world that European authors deploy in their texts.

Thursdays 12-2 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Jezyk, A.
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.

 

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: Katia Malyuzhinets 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:  katia.malyuzhinets@utoronto.ca or phone 416 946 89 62.

School of Graduate Studies Important links

CERES GRADUATE STUDENT UNION AND Journal

CERES Graduate Student Union

The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) Graduate Student Union is the official student organization for graduate students in the CERES MA program. The GSU consists of both first- and second-year students and is in charge of organizing the annual CERES Graduate Student Conference, as well as social events for students at CERES throughout the year.

The CERES Graduate Student Conference is an interdisciplinary conference that takes place in the Winter semester. The conference is organized by CERES students with the help of CERES staff. Through organizing the conference, students can gain experience in finance, speaker relations, and marketing. The conference is open to all graduate students, but CERES students are especially encouraged to apply. The conference allows students to gain experience presenting their research at an academic conference and connect with other students and faculty.

The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce that it will host its annual Graduate Student Conference on 28 and 29 February 2020. The conference, “Transcending Borders in Europe and Eurasia,” will be held at the Munk School. Prof. Kristin Kopp of the University of Missouri will deliver the keynote address.

Call for Papers CERES Graduate Student Conference 21 Nov

The proposal deadline is December 16, 2019.

Contact: ceresgsu@gmail.com

CERES Graduate Student Union 2019/20: Catherine Lukits, Grace van Vliet, Tess Megginson, Henry Jeong

CERES GSU 2019/20: Catherine Lukits, Grace van Vliet, Tess Megginson, Henry Jeong

Eurasiatique

Eurasiatique is an interdisciplinary graduate student journal published annually at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES). Through their participation in the journal, students gain valuable experience in the academic editing and publishing process. Both first- and second-year CERES students are eligible for the editorial board. All students are encouraged to submit their own research, either completed during their time at CERES or during their undergraduate studies. No editing experience is required to join the journal.

Eurasiatique vol. VIII – Contesting Borders in Europe and Eurasia is looking for articles and book reviews on the subject of borders in Europe and Eurasia in the 20th and 21st centuries. The journal encourages submissions from all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities.  CALL_FOR_PAPERS_EURASIATIQUE_2020

Please send all submissions to eurasiatiquejournal@gmail.com by January 10, 2020.

Contact: eurasiatiquejournal@gmail.com

Eurasiatique Board 2019/20: Henry Jeong, Tess Pian, David Howarth, Jessica Simpson, Elizabeth Haig, Logan Borges, Daniela Bouvier-Valenta, Frederick Maranda-Bouchard, Tess Megginson

Eurasiatique Editorial Board 2019/20: Henry Jeong, Tess Pian, David Howarth, Jessica Simpson, Elizabeth Haig, Logan Borges, Daniela Bouvier-Valenta, Frederick Maranda-Bouchard, Tess Megginson

 

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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