Saint Petersburg, Russia

Russia’s Identity in World Politics

when 28 June 2021 - 9 July 2021
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 440

In this course students will approach sociocultural premises of Russian foreign policy, which often remain implicit but which invite direct inquiry. We use the concept of symbolic politics to ‘untangle’ four dimensions of Russia’s international relations: the language with which Russians define their society (the ‘we’ dimension); how Russia frames messages about its ‘friends’ or ‘enemies’ (the ‘significant others’ dimension); how Russian elites produce narratives and metaphors of collective memory (the ‘time’ dimension); and how Russia perceives its geopolitical space (the dimension of ‘political space’).

Course leader

The course is taught by Sergei Akopov, Professor, Saint Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies, Department of Political Science and International Affairs.

Target group

The course is intended for a wide audience and everyone interested in political philosophy and political analysis.

Formal requirement: 18+.

Course aim

The course aims at providing students with the ability to identify key points of Russian ‘political identity’, interpret the main events and trends in post-communist transition, assess Russia's role in world politics and deliver insight into Russia’s international ontological security strategy, as well as come up with a solid research proposal in the field of Russian domestic and foreign symbolic politics.

Fee info


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