East European History
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- Professor: Irina
- Semester: Fall
- Phone 648-7466,
- Class: 249
Cathedral of Learning
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: Forbes
- Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3:00 p.m, and by appointment
- Class: T,
Th 4-5:15 CL 249
- Web Address:
EAST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION
This course is an introduction to the history and culture of Eastern
Europe. It is structured around lectures, discussions, readings, and videos
that bear on Eastern European society, history, and culture. Unlike most
history courses, which begin at some point in the past and move forward
in time, this one will start with the more familiar present and move back
toward more and more distant and less familiar pasts.
1. To familiarize students with the broad outline and structure of Eastern
Europe's modern and contemporary history and culture, and with their historical
2. To acquaint students with a sample of historically relevant Eastern
European literature, film, and primary sources.
- Philip Longworth, The Making of Eastern Europe, Second Edition
- Gale Stokes, From Stalinism to Pluralism, Second Edition
- Copycat Packet
- There may be additional handouts, web readings, and reserve readings
Procedures and Expectations:
1. The full syllabus for this course is available on the web. Please
consult the course web site at the address listed above. For each topic
you need to look at the web site, find the reading assignments and maps,
and prepare for class by doing the reading and for discussion by answering
the discussion questions for yourself. Most of the readings in the Copycat
Coursepack will also be available on the web site. (Note: none of the
readings from the Stokes or Longworth books will be available over the
internet.) You may wish to print these readings for free by using your
student account in one of the many computer labs on campus, and/or you
may purchase the coursepack at Copycat in 2-3 weeks.
2. As an integral part of this course you will have to view a number
of films and be able to discuss them orally and in written form in historical
context. Films are required, not optional. Some films will be screened
during class time, but for others there will be optional screenings scheduled
on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. in room 3P56 in Forbes Quad. If you cannot attend
these screenings, you will have the option of viewing them in Hillman,
or renting them on your own, if available, to watch at home.
3. Your task for each topic of the course will be to take good lecture
notes; read the assigned pages, primary documents, and literature; view
the films (on video) paying close attention and taking notes; and to participate
in class discussion. For some units there will be a short essay assignment.
I will not accept late work, unless you make a special arrangement with
me before the due date, or unless some critical emergency has occurred
for which you have proper documentation.
4. You are expected to participate fully in every aspect of the course,
including films and discussions. Attendance is mandatory and does
affect your performance and grade. Honest effort, class participation,
and courtesy are expected and will affect your grade.
- Class contacts -- Please exchange phone numbers and e-mail addresses
with 2 - 3 classmates. Check with them and get assignments and notes if
you are forced to miss class. You are responsible for all material covered
in class, even if you are not present.
5. Good grammar, spelling, and style are important. I am assuming that
you have mastered English grammar and the rules of composition. The Writing
Center (web address: http://www.pitt.edu/~englweb/writecent.html)
is a University resource that you must use if you need assistance with
writing skills. Most of us do. The Writing Center is located at 501
Cathedral of Learning, phone 624-6556. Poor writing will affect your
grade. Any assignment that is marred by too many spelling and grammar mistakes
will be returned to you ungraded. I will accept it at the next class
meeting, if you have fixed the language problems.
6. Grades will be calculated on the basis of attendance, exams, short
assignments, quizzes, and discussions approximately as follows:
- short papers 40%
- midterm 30%
- final exercise 15%
- quizzes and discussion 10%
- The exams and quizzes may contain map questions. Please study map hand-outs,
maps on the web, and those in the textbook.
Policy on Plagiarism:
Presenting somebody else's words or ideas as your own constitutes plagiarism
and it is against university rules. If you use someone else's ideas or
exact words you must acknowledge your source. When copying copy accurately
and use quotation marks and footnotes. But you must also document and footnote
paraphrased material or just an idea you got from someone else. (Consult
Kate Turabian or Strunk and White for the specifics of proper citation.)
Plagiarism rules also apply to internet material. Please cite and footnote
internet web sites if you use them. You should be aware that it is generally
very easy for professors to detect plagiarized material in student papers.
Plagiarism in writing assignments will automatically result in a 0 grade
and possible further action. Please consult the University of Pittsburgh's
Student Handbook for the policy on plagiarism.