St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian Politics and International Affairs

online course
when 15 February 2021 - 5 March 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 551

The track aims at covering the key aspects of Russian Politics and International Affairs. Together with three experienced and well-published instructors you will be able to retrieve, collect, process and analyse information relevant for your research proposal in the field of Russian politics and IR. During the first week students will study the texts of key scholars and public intellectuals, analysing Russia’s role in modern world politics in relation to what shapes the country’s identity, and to how Russian ruling elites construct relationship with both the West and China. We will examine key narratives of Russia’s ‘heroes’, ‘triumphs’, and ‘historical victims’ (e.q. WWII), as well as the principal symbols of geopolitical space (for example, the Crimean Peninsula). Your work during the second week will allow you to get insights into the complex relations between political and economic transition in Russia and other post-communist countries in the last 40 years. You will learn, for example, how privatization, corruption, the nature of state-business links and the availability of natural resources affects economic performance of contemporary Russia. Final, third week will enable you to discuss in class problems of Russia’s diplomacy and international security strategy in Central Asia, including Russia’s soft power and current political, social and economic development of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

Course leader

Sergei Akopov
Professor, St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies, Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Target group

The track welcomes participants from various backgrounds (Political Science, Sociology, Russian Studies, International Relations, etc.), including those BA, MA and Ph.D. students who are currently studying another subject but who want to broaden their knowledge in this field. Applicants have to meet a standard entry requirement of being 18 years old or over by the time the Research School commences and being able to study in English (language certificates are not required).

Course aim

Upon course completion students should be able to:

1. Identify key points of Russian ‘political identity’, key political narratives and metaphors of its collective memory, and principal perceptions of Russian geopolitical space;

2. Critically interpret the main events and trends in post-communist transition;

3. Asses the role of Russian in international organisation and deliver insight in Russia’s international security strategy, including its ‘soft’ and ‘smart’ powers;

4. Come up with a solid research proposal in the field of Russian domestic and foreign politics.

Fee info

EUR 551: Tuition fee

Please, note that the amount in Euro is approximate and was calculated according to the exchange rate on the day of the course publication. All the programme payments are to be made in Rubles.

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EUR 33: Registration fee

Please, note that the amount in Euro is approximate and was calculated according to the exchange rate on the day of the course publication. All the programme payments are to be made in Rubles.