European Studies in the Caucasus

DescNet is devoted to developing European Studies in the Caucasus Region. This means that it is essential to identify and repeat the successes of current programs. Without feedback from former or current students, researchers, and lecturers from or with experience in the region, identifying these successes or areas for improvement of European Studies in the Caucasus would be impossible!


Teaching Politically Sensitive Issues: Thoughts and Perspectives

Join the discussion of various students, scholars, and practitioners in exchanging ideas and experiences of teaching politically sensitive issues in the classroom. 

What programs have you been involved in which address teaching politically sensitive issues?

Which approaches worked in this situation?

Do you have any tips what NOT to do when dealing with potentially sensitive topics?


Academic Level of European Studies in Georgia: Perspective by PhD candidate and Lecturer, Levan Makhashvili

Levan Makhashvili shares his experiences as a student and lecturer of European Studies in the Caucasus. He has been a guest lecturer at Tbilisi State University since 2011 and at the International Black Sea University since 2016. He obtained a BA in International Relations from Tbilisi State University, his MA in European Studies from Maastricht University, and has taught EU-related courses in English and Georgian.


Interview With Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative Politics: By Meline Avagyan

As an MA student who has studied in different environments and universities, I have always faced situations where topics in class, which are important to discuss, personally affect some students depending on the topic.


Reflections from Givi Gigitashvili

Q. How is it possible to teach politically sensitive issues in classes composed of students coming from different experiences and backgrounds?


Lessons working with "Women for Peace" by Volha Damarad

I took part in the project ‘Women for Peace’ as the project’s facilitator and interpreter. This program was co-organized and co-implemented by the Georgian Institute of Strategic Studies (GISS) and Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. This was the first time I have worked so closely with a group of individuals to address complications regarding the social inclusion due to controversies based on the past history.