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Eastern Europe in Transition: Markets, Media, and the Mafia

The progress of political, economic, and social transformations in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Topics include: The Historical Context for Reform in Eastern Europe, Economic Reform and its Effects, Market Evolution, Eastern European Societies in Transition: Education and Culture, Eastern European Societies in Transition: Corruption and the Mafia in Everyday Life, Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe, Establishing Law-Based States in Eastern Europe. One course.

End of Life in Russia and U.S.

Brief history of hospice movement in U.S. and Russia. Examine key moments in end of life issues in each country; focus on social attitudes to death and dying and their effects on end of life care. Sources include memoirs, fiction, theoretical works, and policy documents. Service learning course; includes work at sites such as the Unicorn Bereavement Center, a skilled nursing facility, or the state’s attorney’s office. One course.

Turkey: Muslim and Modern

Turkish history from the 18th century to the present. Turkey as strategic ally of the U.S.; candidate for membership in European Union; first Muslim country to adopt democracy, secularism, and Westernization, and as political, cultural, and economic model for other Muslim countries. Focus on Turkish people's encounter with modernity as Muslims; questions about contradictions and promises of Muslim and modern experience; informed consideration of Islam's encounter with the West. No prerequisites. No knowledge of Turkish required. One course.

Turkey: Muslim and Modern

Turkish history from the 18th century to the present. Turkey as strategic ally of the U.S.; candidate for membership in European Union; first Muslim country to adopt democracy, secularism, and Westernization, and as political, cultural, and economic model for other Muslim countries. Focus on Turkish people’s encounter with modernity as Muslims; questions about contradictions and promises of Muslim and modern experience; informed consideration of Islam’s encounter with the West. No prerequisites. No knowledge of Turkish required. One course.

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