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1989: A Pivotal Year for Europe

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This module will introduce you to political, economic and social developments in central and eastern Europe during the late 1980s.

You will explore the events that led to the collapse of communism in the region, and their legacy for contemporary Europe.

This is a 20 credit module on the Pathway to a degree in International Relations and Politics. It is also open to all as a stand-alone course.

Learning and teaching

The syllabus includes:

  • Introduction: The Iron Curtain Falls
  • Eastern and Western Europe in Comparison, 1950s-1980s
  • Hungary and the GDR
  • Poland
  • The Velvet Revolution and the Velvet Divorce
  • Bulgaria and Romania
  • The collapse of the Soviet Union
  • The fragmentation of Yugoslavia
  • A return to Europe?

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. The assessment for this course is: a written piece of work and a class test. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

  • Joseph Rothschild & Judy Batt: Developments in Central and East European Politics (Duke University Press   Books, 2013)
  • Goodbye Lenin! DVD

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.


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