The programme East European Languages and Cultures (EELC) offers a combination of language and culture studies. Starting from the very first year, students are being taught two modern East European languages. The first term starts with Russian, to which a South Slavic language (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian or Slovenian) will be added in the second term. These languages are meant to grant the students access to the East European cultures and societies, their literatures and (cultural) history.
The programme is based on three principal knowledge domains: (1) language and (cultural) history of Russia – (2) language and (cultural) history of South East Europe - (3) Old Slavonic and the culture and history of the Orthodox Slavic world.
To these three knowledge domains an identical tripartite programmatic division is applied: (1) integrated knowledge acquisition, (2) language acquisition through internationalisation, especially by means of immersion programmes, and (3) a historical and multidisciplinary approach to the knowledge domains in question.
The programmatic division is, as a matter of fact, not applied rigidly. For Russian there is a stronger emphasis on literature, whereas an approach more in line with Cultural Studies is applied to South East Europe. The classical language Old Slavonic is basically treated in terms of philology, historical linguistics and cultural history.
Starting with the second BA year students are expected to choose a minor, which consists of a coherent group of subjects from a variety programmes (including EELC). The minor is meant as an extension or further consolidation of the basic programme EELC. The recommended minors for the programme EELC are: Education, Slavic Middle Ages in Context, Southeastern Europe in Context, Russia in Context, Second Souhteastern European Language, which allows for a third Slavic language to be taken up by the student (Bulgarian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slovene), or New Greek studies, or Turkish studies.
Students are expected to spend the first term of the third year abroad. Possible destinations are Russia or one of the South East European countries.
A more general concern of the programme is to provide students with critical-analytic and transferable skills which are meant to enable them to enter the job market on a broad scale and to continue their studies on an advanced level. By sending expertly trained specialists of East Europe out into society at large the programme also aspires to promote a deeper understanding and knowledge of Eastern Europe throughout. This is hoped to be achieved by offering in addition to the regular classes a wealth of inspiring extra curricular activities to the students, ranging from films and lectures to news coverage on East Europe (including political as well as cultural news) via social media.
The complete programme can be accessed via the study guide BA.
The course descriptions can be accessed via the study guide or via Oasis.