This track immerses students in the politics, history, society and culture of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It is geared towards social scientists wanting to investigate concepts of identity and democracy from a philosophical and historical perspective, as well as those interested in integration theory, gender, citizenship, social minorities, religion, culture and language. Students address the abovementioned issues using a Central and Eastern European lens. This focus provides CES students with a unique academic skill set, which helps identify the situated characteristics of the region, and its relationship to the European Union.
The Central and Eastern European specialisation gives graduates the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in regional, local and national governmental organizations, non-for-profits, cultural and social institutions, public service institutions, academia and many more. Students also choose to undertake doctoral studies in a variety of fields, including gender studies, European cultures, comparative European history, cultural studies, globalisation and development studies, as well as public affairs.