The block course aims to provide students with solid theoretical and practical knowledge to understand and analyse the concept of civil society. Focusing mostly on Eastern Europe, the course provides an overview of the development of the concept of civil society, along with the concepts associated with it. The course aims to provide an understanding also on the development of the civil society research. The content is developed in a way to help improve the understanding of analytical relationships and the interplay between the three sectors: public, private and third sector. Students will learn about the dominant theories and conceptual models shaping the field of civil society. It includes discussion of cultural and political schools of thought and the examination of effects of public knowledge, opinions, perceptions and attitudes.