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Aleks Szczerbiak
Professor of Politics & Contemporary European Studies (Politics)
T: +44 (0)1273 678443 or +44 (0)1273 678578


Aleks Szczerbiak currently teaches three specialist option modules:

Politics of Governance: Eastern Europe is a Second Year Politics undergraduate module that aims to develop an understanding of the main themes and most pressing issues in the field of contemporary governance in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. It examines the political features and the norms of governance of the newly emerging democracies of post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. The course focuses primarily on the political systems within the ten post-communist states that have joined the EU: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; although major political developments in the other post-communist countries are also examined at various points. The central question that the course seeks to address is: what kind of democracy is emerging in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe? By the end of the module students should be able to undertake a comparative analysis of developments in, and make short to medium predictions about the trajectory of politics within, post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. 

Aleks also offers a more advanced postgraduate version of this module, The Politics of Governance in Central and Eastern Europe, at Masters level. 

Political Change: Eastern Europe in Transition is a Final Year Politics undergraduate module analyses the process of political transition and change in contemporary Eastern Europe by examining the rise and fall of East European communism. The main objective of the module is to explain the process of radical political change by examining the decline of communism in Eastern Europe and the reasons that led to its sudden collapse in 1989. It focuses on the six countries that comprised the former Soviet bloc: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the GDR, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The central issue that the module seeks to address is: why did the East European communist regimes collapse so rapidly in 1989?