Freestanding course, Bachelor’s level
30 credits
Distance mixed hours 100%
17 January 2022 - 5 June 2022
Full tuition fee: 39000 SEK
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About the course

’Caucasus field and case studies’ is a course for students who wish to combine theoretical knowledge on the Caucasus region with an individual field or case study. The course is offered as a flexible online distance-learning course with instruction in English.

The first part includes an introductory course in Caucasus Studies as well as a course in field and case methodology. You also read special literature on a chosen theme with a focus on the Caucasus region (for instance, migration, ethnic/linguistic diversity, social change, religion, culture). During the second part of the course you conduct an individual study in the Caucasus region or, alternatively, studies based on other Caucasus-relevant empirical material.

Caucasus Studies at Malmö University is an area study, an interdisciplinary field of research and education with a focus on the Caucasus region. The staff consists of researchers with solid knowledge of the Caucasus – its languages, religions and ethnic groups, its historic development, complex political situation and many unresolved conflicts and extensive experience from doing field work in the region.

Caucasus Studies at Malmö University is the only centre in Western Europe providing distance learning courses on this topic. The flexible online design makes it easy for students to follow the courses in their home country and also to combine them with other studies or work.

Caucasus Studies at Malmö University has close links with academic institutions and scholars in the Caucasus region, as well as other international institutions with Caucasus research. The centre often hosts academics from the region who stay at Malmö University campus and actively involve in Caucasus Studies courses and research.

The second half of the semester, you will carry out a study based on empirical data relating to the Caucasus region, preferably as a field study in the Caucasus region. In preparing for the individual study,  you will take an introductory course in Caucasus Studies as well as a course on field and case methodology and read special literature focused on a chosen theme (for instance, migration, ethnic/linguistic diversity, social change, religion, culture). 

If you choose to do field studies on the site, you'll pay for this yourself, but both travel costs and expenses for food and accommodation are relatively low. If you go to Georgia or Armenia the stay is visa-free to EU citizens. While working on your field or case study you will have contact with your supervisor at Malmö University as well as a co-supervisor in the region.

The lectures are held online, meaning you study at a distance but you need access to a computer with Skype and a web camera. Online lectures, web seminars, assignments and other online learning activities are scheduled, but there is great flexibility for students to engage in these activities when it fits their individual timetables. The final web seminar, when you present your field or case study, is scheduled with mandatory attendance and active participation online or on campus.

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Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and 45 credits optional courses.

Selection

University credits completed 100%

Karina Vamling, Professor of Caucasus Studies Areas, specialized in the Caucasus region and Russia

”What makes the Caucasus region so interesting and challenging is its unusual complexity and diversity. Situated between the Black and Caspian seas, with Russia in the north and Iran and Turkey in the south, the region is of strategic importance, not only to its neighbours but also to the European...

Karina Vamling, Professor of Caucasus Studies Areas, specialized in the Caucasus region and Russia

”What makes the Caucasus region so interesting and challenging is its unusual complexity and diversity. Situated between the Black and Caspian seas, with Russia in the north and Iran and Turkey in the south, the region is of strategic importance, not only to its neighbours but also to the European Union and NATO.”

”There are few centres in Europe that focus on the Caucasus region in research and education. As for our research interests at Caucasus Studies in Malmö, I would in particular like to mention ethnic and linguistic diversity – language typology and language policy, minorities and ethnic relations – as well as identity issues and ethno-political and territorial conflicts.”

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