ØST, Propaganda in Eastern Europe: theory and practices (F19)

Course content

Recent years have witnessed a resurgence of authoritarianism across Eastern Europe and Russia. As during the Cold War, propaganda has been identified as a key political technology and brought firmly into political, media and academic focus. This shared concern for the issue of propaganda is part of wider efforts to understand the apparent durability of authoritarian political forms as well as to explain right-wing populism and/or popular discontent with ‘Western-style’ secular democracy.

This course introduces different theories and practices of propaganda and illuminates them in various, often overlapping, thematic contexts: 1. Historical and culture-specific (e.g. Russia, Balkans, Poland), 2. Linguistic, dealing with official and vernacular languages, language games, humour, music and visual languages, 3. Political and patriotic, including entertainment, leisure activities, old and new forms of branding and ‘political commodities’, 4. Familial and gendered, focusing on state- and market- driven ideologies of the person/hood.

The course will include extended case studies from Russia, Ukraine, Balkans and Poland.

The course will be offered in English; Danish exam option is available.


Curriculum for the BA-programme in East and South East European Studies with specialisations in Balkan Studies, Modern Greek Studies, Polish and Russian, the 2015 Curriculum

Curriculum for the elective studies in Eastern European Studies The 2017 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master´s Programme in Eastern European Studies The 2008 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master’s Programme in Cross-Cultural Studies The 2015 Curriculum

Learning outcome

Balkanstudier - BA 2015-studieording:
BA-projekt (fagelementkode HBAB00801E)

Polsk - BA 2015-studieordning:
BA-projekt (fagelementkode HPLB00801E)

Polsk - KA 2008-studieordning:
Valgfag (fagelementkode HPLK03371E)
Fagteori (fagelementkode HPLK03311E)

Russisk - BA 2015-studieordning:
Særligt studeret emne inden for Russisk (fagelementkode HRUB00791E)
BA-projekt (fagelementkode HRUB00801E)

Russisk - KA 2008-studieordning:
Fagteori (fagelementkode HRUK03311E)
Valgfag (fagelementkode HRUK03371E)

Østeuropastudier - BA tilvalg 2007-studieordning:
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HØEB10031E)

Østeuropastudier - KA 2008-studieordning:
Særligt studeret emne I (fagelementkode HØEK03211E)
Særligt studeret emne II (fagelementkode HØEK03231E)
Emne B: Fri fagdisciplin (fagelementkode HØEK03241E)
Valgfag (fagelementkode HØEK03261E)

Tværkulturelle studier - KA 2015-studieordning:
Regional specialisering (fagelementkode HTÆK03021E)
Regional specialisering med sprog (fagelementkode HTÆK03041E)
Aktuel tematisk problemstilling (fagelementkode HTÆK03051E)

To be announced.

Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • English
  • 412,5