Degree Requirements

MA European and Russian AFFAIRS  (ERA)

MA ERA is a multidisciplinary program with two main objectives:

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

Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of two years of full-time study, during which they will take six full credits (a full-year course equals one credit; a half-year course equals one-half credit). Of the six credits at least two must be taken in a discipline selected by students as their chosen primary discipline (examples: History or Political Science), one must be ERE2001H taken in the first semester of the program, and one must be ERE 2000Y which begins in the second semester of the first year and continues into the second year of the program. As part of ERE2000Y, each student must write a Master’s essay (Major Research Paper or MRP) of approximately 30-40 pages, based on original research. At least 0.5 FCE must be earned either in an approved program-related internship or in an approved academic exchange abroad. The remaining two full credits must be drawn from any discipline(s) relating to the student’s course of study other than the chosen primary discipline.  Students can take courses in any department with the approval of the instructor and the graduate coordinator provided that the student submits course work related to the region. There is no European and Russian (ERE) major as such; the courses listed under ERE (other than 2001 and 2000) count toward program requirements in the disciplines such as history and political science. Some of the work in the program is based on the study of original texts and presupposes a reading knowledge of one or more languages of the region. For the language requirement, please refer to Foreign Language Requirement.

All ERA MA students are required to spend a minimum of 10 weeks (either the summer between the first and second years or the fall semester of the second year) in the region. This can take the form of approved language study, an approved internship, which must focus on Europe, Russia or Eurasia, or a formal exchange with a partner university. Students are required to spend a minimum of three semesters at CERES.

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

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

Combined MA (ERA) / JD Program

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

Requirements:

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

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

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

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

 

Collaborative Graduate SPECIALIZATION in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies

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

Program requirements:

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

Collaborative SPECIALIZATION in Jewish Studies

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

Foreign Language Requirement and Testing

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

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

Tuition Fees and Registration

Registration

For complete information on registration, please visit the SGS webpage on registration and enrolment. Please also consult The Essential Guide for Grad Students (EGGS), which contains information about registration, SGS awards, University-wide resources and much more.

Tuition Fees

Please consult your application package, the School of Graduate Studies webpage on graduate fees, and the SGS Calendar carefully. While CERES and SGS endeavour to assist students financially, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all applicable course fees and incidental fees are paid on time. 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 3, 2020.  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 8, 2020.

WINTER/SPRING COURSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 4, 2021.

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

ERE1161HF  One Hundred Years of Cultures of Refugees in Europe,  1920 – 2020

Twentieth century has been sometimes call a “century of Refugees”. Today, there are over 65 million of refugees in the world. As a result of World War I, Russian Revolution, Spanish Civil War, World War II, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, Syrian civil war and many other turbulences of the past hundred years,  refugees become an important part of international politics and world culture. The course will examine works of literature, philosophy, music, theatrical plays and journalistic writing produced by European refugees. The goal of the course is to discuss how refugees make sense of their experiences, and how they are perceived by others.

Tuesdays 1 – 3 pm
Location: Online synchronous
Instructor:  Shternshis
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

ERE1165H1(Spring or Summer) International Internship

ERE1997H1Y Independent Reading Course 

ERE1997H-S Independent Study- 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: TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Austin
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

ERE1998H1S  Modern Greece in the Balkans and the European Union

OPEN BY APPLICATION ONLY:

This course is part of CERES’s new initiative in Hellenic Studies and is made possible with support from the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and the wider Greek-Canadian Community. The course will cover: Historical Introduction – Greece in the 20th Century (2 weeks); Greece, Turkey and Cyprus (2 weeks); Greece and Albania; Greece and FYROM/ROM; Greece and the EU (2 weeks); Greece and the United States; Financial Crisis and its aftermath; Greece, Populism and the far Right; Greece, Immigration/Migration. As this is a limited enrollment course, with up to 6 places for graduate students, interested students will need to apply to participate.  This course includes research trip to Athens and takes place in May 2021 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 2021.

Proposal deadline:  9 am– January 6, 2021 to robert.austin@utoronto.ca and katia.malyuzhinets@utoronto.ca

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

ERE1998H1S  Independent Reading Course 

China in Eurasia

Largely through its Belt and Road Initiative, China has begun to expand its presence far outside its historical sphere of influence. This workshop explores China’s emerging role in Eurasia. Addressing cases from Central Asia and the Caucasus, it considers the wide range of social, economic, and political effects of Chinese engagement.

Day and time: TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Schatz
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.25

Putting Policy into Action: How the sausage gets made

This four-seminar course introduces students to the considerations that go into policy-making and the steps necessary for successful public policy initiatives. Students will consider  contextual factors such as stakeholder perspectives, design factors such as delivery methods, accountability and risk, and the importance of effective communications throughout. The course is taught from the perspective of the non-partisan public service but with a close eye on appropriate alignment with political-level support. The course includes three seminar-style lectures and discussions plus a fourth class in which students form teams to present a briefing deck on a topical issue to a judging panel composed of the professor and a guest “minister.” The deck will account for 75 per cent of students’ grades, with the other 25 per cent reserved for class participation, including attendance and active engagement.

Day and time: TBA
Location: TBA
Instructor: Fagan
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.25

ERE1999H(F) Independent Reading Course

ERE1999H(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.

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Online synchronous
Instructor: Kalmar
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

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

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

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

Mondays 9 am – 12 pm
Location: Online synchronous
Instructor:  Way
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

 

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

COURSE ENROLLMENT OPEN SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

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

COL 5125H LITERATURE, TRAUMA, MODERNITY

In this course, we will examine literary representations of trauma from the early nineteenth century (the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars) to the aftermath of World War One, when “shell shock” brought trauma irrevocably into the public eye. We will begin by examining the discourse of unrepresentability and doubt in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century medical literature, especially in Freudian psychoanalysis: if we can find no somatic source for trauma, how do we know that it exists? We will then investigate how the literature of this period—“modernism”—both reacted to and helped to shape this discourse. Rarely focussing explicitly on traumatic events, this literature only hints at traumatic occurrences—foregrounding instead the problem of representability at the heart of the modern age. Just as the traumatized body no longer points back to a physical pathology, so too does language itself seem to be severed from the object it aims to describe.

Monday 2 -4 pm
Location: Online Synchronous
Instructor:J. Zilcosky
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

COL5128H TRAGEDY: INSTANTIATIONS OF A DRAMATIC FORM IN THEATRE, PHILOSOPHY, OPERA AND POPULAR CINEMA

Ever since its creation in classical Athens, tragedy has been more than ‘just’ theatre: it has been a template that proved to be extraordinarily ‘good to think with’, from Plato and Aristotle through, for instance, German Classicism and Romanticism (Schiller, Nietzsche, Wagner) and 19th-century Naturalism (Strindberg, Ibsen) to 20th-century artists working in high-brow culture (Brecht, Beckett, Miller, Sarah Kane) and in the Hollywood machine (Francis Coppola, George Lucas and the collectives creating shows like ‘24’ or ‘Breaking Bad’). What exactly has constituted this persistent allure of tragedy to artists working in disparate media across cultures and centuries? What is there to learn about them (and for us) from their modes of engagement with tragedy?  And what does the comparatist method contribute to our understanding of these dynamics which other, more isolated approaches would not be able to deliver?

For the pursuit of these questions this course will follow a tripartite structure. ‘Foundations’ will centre on a close reading of the foundational text for thinking about tragedy, Aristotle’s Poetics (including critical responses to it such as Brecht’s Small Organon for the Theatre or Arthur Miller’s Tragedy and the Common Man). The module ‘Instantiations’ will scrutinize select works of art/theoretical writings from theatre, philosophy and opera, including Strindberg Miss Julie, Nietzsche Birth of Tragedy, selections from Schiller’s theoretical writings as well as Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung, Bizet’s Carmen, Enescu’s Oedipe and Weill/Brecht Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The final module ‘Challenges and survivals’ looks at modes of resistance to tragedy (e.g. Brecht The Good Person of Sezuan, Glass/Wilson Einstein on the Beach) or other noteworthy 20th/21st-century appropriations in cinematic popular culture (e.g. GodfatherStar Wars24) and in theatrical high culture (e.g. Beckett Krapp’s Last Tape and Endgame, Sarah Kane 4.48 Psychosis and Phaedra’s Love, and performance art responses to the 9/11 terror attacks).

This course should be of interest not just to comparatists but to participants from a wide range of philologies, theatre studies, cinema studies, philosophy and music. Ample opportunity will be given to course participants to integrate own interests both into the course work and the mandatory research paper.

Friday, 11 am -1 pm
Location: Online Synchronous
Instructor: M. Revermann
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SPRING TERM

 

JGC1855H CRITICAL THEORY – THE FRENCH-GERMAN CONNECTION

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

Wednesday, 3-5 pm
Location: In Person/Online Synchronous
Instructor: W. Goetschel
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

JLV5143H CENSORSHIP, CULTURE, ARCHIVE

This course looks at how and why states seek to control culture and how creative projects may disrupt the action of political and commercial forces. The course begins by considering totalitarian regimes and cultural policy, along with examples of art labeled “healthy” or “degenerate” in Nazi Germany and the USSR. Case studies from the Soviet Union, the Eastern bloc and post-Communist successor states illustrate how censorship, education and technology may be used to control cultural production and knowledge of the past. Seminar participants will look at the policy of Socialist Realism and consider official and unofficial art and literature to explore the potential for transforming culture into a site of resistance. Readings in theory of the archive will be used to support analysis of how nonconformist works complicate or subvert established views of the past and open new potentials for the future. The course will facilitate in-depth research of major examples of nonconformist poetry, art, fiction and archival projects from these countries and provide a basis for analysis of cultural resistance in other repressive contexts.

Readings include selections from Arendt and Lefort on totalitarian states, as well as analysis by Andrei Siniavskii, Katerina Clark, Igor Golomshtok, Boris Groys and Alexei Yurchak of official and unofficial literature and art. The course will engage theory of the archive with texts from Freud, Buchloh, Spieker and others.

Thursday, 2-4 pm
Location: In Person/Online Synchronous
Instructor: A. Komaromi
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: In Person/Online Synchronous
Instructor: L. Kosals
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
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  2-4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: TBA
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

GER 1550H S Origins: Myths of Beginning in German Literature and Thought
In this course, we will examine myths of origin in German literature and thought with a specific focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The course is organized in three units: narratives about the origin of the individual (childhood and the novel of formation), narratives about the origin of man (monogenesis versus polygenesis, anthropology and race), and narratives about the origin of societies and groups (family, state, contract theory). We will read texts by Karl Philipp Moritz, Joachim Heinrich Campe, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schlegel and Sigmund Freud.

Monday 11 am – 1 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Christine Lehleiter
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 3-5 pm
Location: Seminar Room 319, 3rd floor, Centre for Comparative Literature
Instructor: Will Goetschel
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GER6000H S Reading German for Graduate Students
In this course German reading knowledge is taught following the grammar-translation method designed for graduate students from the Humanities. It is an intensive course that covers German grammar with focus on acquiring essential structures of the German language to develop translation skills. The course is conducted in English, and consequently participants do not learn how to speak or write in German, but rather the course focuses exclusively on reading and translating German. Prior knowledge of German not mandatory. By the end of the course, students should be able to handle a broad variety of texts in single modern Standard German. This course is not intended for MA or PhD students in German.

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

 


GLOBAL AFFAIRS

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

Non-departmental students may request to enroll in any MGA elective unless it is specified that it is open to MGA students only. Students in the MPP and CERES MA program have priority access to MGA elective courses. CERES students may request enrollment starting Tuesday, September 3, 2020.

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

GLA2064H F Topics in Security II: Researching Terrorism

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.

Emphases: Security

Friday 10-12pm
Location: Online
Instructor: Benoît Gomis
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

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

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

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

Tuesday 11am – 1 pm
Location: In-Person/Online
Instructor: Kasekamp
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2093H F Topics in Global Affairs IV: Government Relations

Description:

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

*Note that course enrollment is by application only.  An email will be sent out to MGA students in August.

Emphases: Markets

Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm
Location: Online
Instructor: Marc Dupont
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2098H F: Topics in Global Affairs VII: Impacts and Implications of COVID-19

This course will feature a different guest lecturer each week.

Term: Fall
Day & Time: TBD

Description:

This seminar takes you around the globe to learn and understand how different countries reacted to the covid-19 pandemic. Reviewing how each country approached testing, hospitalization, social distancing, and other important issues will allow you to grasp how different countries still are in today’s globalized world.  Through the semester, you will be able to both compare and delve into each of the cases. Moreover, particular subjects such as inequality, race, global challenges, Taxation, higher education, and global production chains will receive a more in depth analysis.

Day & Time: TBD
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

GLA2014H F Innovation and Economic Development

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

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

Emphases: Innovation

Wednesday 10:00 am -12 pm
Location: In-Person/Online
Instructor: Shiri Breznitz
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SPRING TERM

GLA2066H S Topics in Justice I: Justice Reforms

Description:

The course investigates the politics of justice reform in global context in two ways: first, by examining the indicators of justice that are used by local and national governments, civil society organizations, and international institutions to induce reform, manage staff, and otherwise “govern” operations in justice; second, by “commensurating” change in systems of justice and governance across a range of cities, countries and institutions. The course is a problem-solving practicum: students will work in teams to compare the structure of problems in different settings and propose solutions to challenges in the measurement of some ailment in a foreign justice system.

Emphases: Justice

Monday 1-3:30 pm
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor St. West, Rm B019
Instructor: Todd Foglesong
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

GLA2001H S Global Capital Markets

Description:

This course will examine the intersection of the global political economy and investment strategies as the current global economic realignment takes place. It analyzes new players, new structures, and new opportunities as the global economy restructures and examines how strategies are built. Students will analyze cases and prepare two memoranda and a group project. Students will also learn the practical skills required to develop investment strategies.

*There are 5 spots reserved for MPP students.

Emphases: Markets

Tuesday 6:30 – 9 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Alan Alexandroff
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.

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

JSE1708H S Sustainability and the Western Mind

Description:

This course will examine how attitudes towards human nature and non-human nature have changed over the period from Mesolithic times until the present in Western society. By reading and discussing historical arguments and contemporary documents we will attempt to uncover the underlying assumptions about the world that were characteristic of different periods in the history of Western culture. The underlying question is whether contemporary concerns about sustainability require fundamental changes in the way we conceive of ourselves and our environment.

Tuesday & Thursday 10 am – 12 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: John Robinson
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

 


HISTORY

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

FALL TERM

HIS1215H F The Communist Experience in Central and Eastern Europe

Wednesday  11 am – 1 pm
Location: Online synchronous
Instructor: Gervers
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1233HF Colonial Urbanism in the Mediterranean World, 1800-1950

Modern European powers tend to inscribe their power onto the urban fabric of its colonies and protectorates.  In the process, colonial cities often became ‘laboratories of modernity.’  This course analyses how – from Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798 to decolonization in the 1950s – colonial urbanism affected the modern Mediterranean world.  It does so by focussing on French, British and Italian urban designs and politics in cities of the Levant and North Africa.  We will pursue comparatively the cultural and material, economic and architectural policies of three major European imperial powers and contrast them to late Ottoman urban culture.

Thursday 9-11 pm
Location: Online synchronous
Instructor: Hanssen
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1237HF  France since 1870

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

Friday 2-4 pm
Location: In Person (EM 105)/Online synchronous
Instructor: Jennings
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS1279HF World War II in East Central Europe

World War II was much more destructive and traumatic in East Central Europe than in Western Europe. The difference was caused by many reasons, among which the Nazi and Soviet plans and policies were the most important. Yet, there were also numerous East Central European phenomena that contributed to the cruelty of World War II in the East. This seminar will explore the external and internal factors that defined the war in the discussed region. Students will analyze the military, political, economic, and cultural activities of Germany, the Soviet Union, and their allies and enemies. Following sessions will concentrate on the fall of the Versailles systems, diplomatic and military activities throughout the war, on occupational policies of the invaders, economic exploration of the invaded, on collaboration, accommodation, resistance, genocide, the “liberation” and sovietization of East Central Europe after 1944. All the secondary and primary sources used in class are English.

Thursday 9 -11 am
Location: In Person/Online synchronous
Instructor: Wrobel
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1416HF 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.

Thursday 11 am-1 pm
Location: Online synchronous
Instructor: Mori
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SPRING TERM

HIS1031H S Images as History

This seminar examines photography and photographs in three ways: historical, methodological, and conceptual. Historically, the seminar will cover the era of the photographic image, from its invention in the 1830s to the present. We will be especially concerned with examining the role that photography has played in shaping modern understandings of self, nation, and race. Historical monographs will be drawn from various national and transnational studies, with a primary but not exclusive focus on the Americas. The course, however, is designed for all students regardless of geographic area. In addition to examining relationships between photography, identity, and power, we will develop a set of conceptual and methodological tools for analyzing photographic images, carefully considering the status of photographs as primary sources for historical research.

In terms of the conceptual, we will read and discuss foundational theoretical works, including key essays by Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, and Ariella Azoulay. Here, we will consider the ethics and politics of human visual experience as such. What does it mean to see and be seen? Who has “the right to look”? How has photography been used to separate, identify, and classify? How have photographs changed the kinds of claims that people could make in their respective private and public spheres?

Friday 1-3 pm
Location: In Person/Online synchronous
Instructor: Coleman
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1272HS Topics in Twentieth-Century European History

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

Monday 10am-12 pm
Location: In Person/Online synchronous
Instructor: Jenkins
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

HIS 1435H S Studies in Victorian Society

Consideration of some of the major themes in Victorian social and cultural history, with emphasis on the most recent secondary literature. Among the topics considered are popular culture, gender and social class.

Tuesday  4-6 p,m
Location: In Person/Online synchronous
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.

POL2205H1S Topics in International Politics I: What Went Wrong? A Post Mortem of Political Disasters, Catastrophic Policy Failures, and Epic Marches of Folly

This is a seminar about disasters that human beings inflict on themselves. It explores the unfortunate chronicle of deaths foretold.

Wednesday 2 – 4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Gilady
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2205H1S Topics in International Politics I: International Law

This course examines and compares several core domains of international law, including the use of force, international human rights law, international environmental law, international trade law, and international investment law. The course considers international law in a broad political and historical context and pays particular attention to the forces that create and shape international law. The course also examines current issues in international law, including the recent withdrawals from the International Criminal Court, the legal responsibility of transnational corporations, and the decline of US leadership in the international order.

Wednesday 10 am -12 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Acorn
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.

Monday  2-4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Gilady
Term: Spring
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.

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

POL2207H1S Topics in International Politics III: Global Politics of Pandemics

This seminar will examine the impact of pandemic diseases on international politics, including its effects on both conflict and cooperation. Although focusing primarily on the Covid-19 case, we will also draw upon earlier historical examples. A reading- and discussion-heavy course; background in international relations recommended.

Thursday 2 – 4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Gunitsky
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2207H1S  Topics in International Politics III: Theories of International Organization

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

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

POL2226H1F Ethics and International Relations

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

Thursday 6-8 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Bertoldi
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2241H1F Civil War and Counterinsurgency

This course overviews the origins, dynamics, and outcomes of civil war and counterinsurgency. It provides a theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding these forms of conflict and the logic of their violence. An additional objective of the course is to consider questions of definition, empirical strategy, and methodology relevant to conducting rigorous research on these topics. The course is organized in three parts. The first reviews the general concept of civil war and provides an overview of various theoretical approaches to understanding it. We will consider arguments concerning identity and ethnic conflict, the political economy of violence, and rationalist explanations for war. The second part of the course examines the dynamics of insurgency and counterinsurgency, including recruitment and rebel alliances, combatant strategies, and third-party intervention. The final section considers the outcomes and aftermaths of civil war, including conflict duration, recurrence, and the challenges of post-conflict statebuilding.

Wednesday 2 – 4 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Anderson
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

JHP1289Y1Y   Twentieth Century Ukraine

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

Wednesday  3-5 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Magocsi
Term: Fall/Spring
Credit: 1.0

POL2307H1S   Political Economy of Technology: From the Auto-Industrial to the Information Age

Survey of a broad range of issues related to the relationship between technological change and the broader processes of globalization and political change from a historical and comparative perspective. The principal objectives will be to explore the importance of new information and communications technologies for economic growth in a globalizing world and its current significance for public policy; to examine the conceptual tools that political economy has to offer which facilitate an analysis of the nature of technological change in the industrial democracies; and to assess the social and political consequences of technological innovation in the current period and the influence that public policy has on these developments.

Wednesday 2 – 4 pm
Location: TBA
Instructor: Wolfe
Term: Spring
Credit: 0.5

POL2321H1S  Topics in Comparative Politics I: Political Economy of Europe

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

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

POL2322H1F Topics in Comparative Politics II: Democracy and Ethnic Conflict

Tuesday 10 am -12 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Bertrand
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

POL2353H1F Authoritarianism in Comparative Perspective

This course examines the politics of authoritarianism in theory and in practice. It covers major theories in authoritarian politics, ranging from 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 regime, and political transitions. On empirical application, we will draw on cases from around the world, with some emphasis on Asian authoritarian states.

Monday 12-2 pm
Location:  TBA
Instructor: Ong
Term: Fall
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.

SLA1233HF Studies in Modern Russian Poets

Among the topics offered are: The Twentieth-Century Poema; The Poetry of the 1920s; and surveys of individual poets, e.g. Blok, Mayakovsky, Tsetaeva.

Monday 1-4 pm
Location:  In Person/Online
Instructor: Livak, L.
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:  In Person/Online
Instructor: Trojanowska, T.
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA1410HF Gogol

Fantastic and grotesque works by the most hilarious, obsessive, and delusional character in Russian literature, who teased, fascinated, and polarized readers. Gogol’s writings are examined with various theoretical approaches. Includes cinematic (Taras Bulba, Viy, Overcoat) and musical (Ribsky-Korsakov’s “Chirstmas Eve,” Shostakovich’s “Nose”) re-creations of Gogol’s works.

Tuesday 1-4 pm
Location:  In Person/Online
Instructor: Koznarsky, T.
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5

SLA1700HF The World Revealed: Cinema, Authenticity, Theory

Wednesday 1-4 pm
Location:  In Person/Online
Instructor: Mandusic, Z.
Term: Fall
Credit: 0.5


SOCIOLOGY

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

 

ENROLLING IN COurses in other DEPARTMENTS

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

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

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

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

 

Financial Support

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

Funding Available through CERES

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

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

OGS and SSHRC APPLICATIONS

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

Scholarship Opportunities Available to Non-CERES Students

Both CERES and non-CERES graduate students may be eligible to apply for funding from the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, to support study related to Germany.  Please visit the JIGES web page 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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