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Магистратура 2019/2020

Гражданское общество в современной России

Статус: Курс по выбору (Российские исследования/Russian Studies)
Направление: 41.04.04. Политология
Когда читается: 1-й курс, 3 модуль
Формат изучения: без онлайн-курса
Преподаватели: Скокова Юлия Аркадиевна, Фрёлих Кристиан
Прогр. обучения: Российские исследования
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 5
Контактные часы: 40

Course Syllabus


Civil society had its revival both as concept and as sphere of collective activity during the transformative processes in the societies of the former Soviet Union at the end of the 1980s and the beginning 1990s. Since then it civil society has become one of the most sought-after, wanted and at the same time most contested social phenomena in contemporary Russia. The actors of civil society in Russia in the past and today do not only appear during oppositional political events, but in the contrary, are often strongly related and enmeshed with the Russian welfare state, with caring for marginalized and underprivileged groups of the population, and with representing the interests of a vast variety of social groups. This course will introduce into the modern history and manifold forms of the term and actors of civil society in Russia. Using empirical examples, general theoretical concepts will be discussed. Using theoretical approaches, students will study particular forms of civil society in Russia. The aim of the course is to enable students to identify and understand civil society activities in Russia. Furthermore, students will be able to put civil society into the context of general social development and relate it to other general institutions, structures and actor groups in Russian society. We require from students active participation in class room discussions. Students will undertake small individual empirical research projects, whose results pose the basis for a class presentation and a final written essay.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to analyse the basic functions of civil society in contemporary Russia
  • Students will be able to criticize civil society development in Russia
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand and differentiate between different conceptions of civil society and apply them to the Russian context
  • Students will be able to analyse the basic functions of civil society in contemporary Russia
  • Students will be able to criticize civil society development in Russia
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
    What is "civil society" and how can we understand the phenomenon in the post-Soviet context?
  • Civil Society and the Welfare State
    This session discusses the intertwinment of civil society and the welfare state in contemporary Russia
  • Civil Society and Human Rights
    This section discusses the successes and pitfalls of Russian civil society defending human rights in Russia
  • Civil society and (De-)Democratization
    This section discusses the role of civil society in the process of democratization of Russia
  • Civil Society and Social Movements
    This section discusses the relation between civil society and social movements in contemporary Russia
  • Civil society and Urbanity
    This section discusses the role civil society plays in urban governance in Russia
  • Civil society and Philantrophy & Charity
    This sections discusses the role civil society plays in the development of Philantrophy & Charity in Russia
  • Civil society and Social Entrepreneurship
    This section discusses the role of civil society in the development of Social Entrepreneurship in Russia
  • Russian civil society in international comparison
    This section discusses Russian civil society from an international, comparative perspective
  • Civil society in the Soviet Union and during the 1990s
    This section looks into the history of civil society development in Russia
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking presentation of research project
  • non-blocking presentation of common reading
  • non-blocking reseach essay
    The essay is to be written in joint collaboration in the project groups and has to be send as .pdf file to the email adresses of both course instructors until the communicated deadline. Individual postponements due to technical difficulties are possible.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.2 * presentation of common reading + 0.2 * presentation of research project + 0.6 * reseach essay


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Badma V. Sangadzhiev. (2016). Realization of Human Rights Guarantees in Civil Proceedings in Russia. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.1699363E
  • Civil society of modern Russia : problems of implementation of constitutional rights and freedoms. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F3C0B8C0
  • Diana Schmidt. (2003). Controlled Democracy in Russia? Civil Society and Internet Communication – New Opportunities and Restraints 1. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C34779C6
  • Domaradzka, A., & Wijkström, F. (2016). Game of the City Re-Negotiated: the Polish Urban Re-Generation Movement as an Emerging Actor in a Strategic Action Field. Polish Sociological Review, (3), 291. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbaz&AN=edsbaz.171446912
  • Pecherskaya E.P., Tarasova T.M., Timofeeva E.A., & Zarubin V.G. (2019). Mission of Social Entrepreneurship in Modern Russia. SHS Web of Conferences, 06003. https://doi.org/10.1051/shsconf/20196206003
  • Pickvance, K. (1997). Social Movements in Hungary and Russia: The Case of Environmental Movements. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.21D95E3C
  • Rostislav Yarema. (2017). The phenomenon of charity in Russia: characteristic features. Elpis, (19), 211. https://doi.org/10.15290/elpis.2017.19.25
  • Sandro Busso, & Nicola De Luigi. (2019). Civil Society Actors and the Welfare State. A historically-based analytical framework. Partecipazione e Conflitto, (2), 259. https://doi.org/10.1285/i20356609v12i2p259
  • SOFRONEA, O. (2016). Post-Communist Civil Society and the Soviet Legacy. Challenges of Democratisation and Reform in the Caucasus. Annals of the University of Bucharest, Political Science Series, 18(1), 125–128. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=poh&AN=118299646
  • Torsello, D. (2012). The “revival” of civil society in Central Eastern Europe: New environmental and political movements. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.80BF0FD0

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Alena Albutova. (2013). Social Entrepreneurship in Russia: Key Actors and the Development Potential. Journal of Economic Sociology, (3), 109. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.hig.ecosoc.v14y2013i3p109.132
  • BOGDANOVA, E., & BINDMAN, E. (2016). Ngos, Policy Entrepreneurship and Child Protection in Russia: Pitfalls and Prospects for Civil Society. Demokratizatsiya, 24(2), 143–171. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=115726190
  • Golichenko, M., & Chu, S. K. H. (2018). Human rights in patient care: drug treatment and punishment in Russia. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.D98F9820
  • Gryshchenko I. M. (2015). Support Mechanisms Of Interaction Of Government With The Civil Society In The Central And Eastern Europe. Management, (3–4), 25. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.ama.journl.v7y2015i3.4p25.31
  • Legal Support for Participative Decision-Making as Part of ‘Service’ Model of Urban Governance in Russia. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C11A11C1
  • Lokshina, T. (2006). Erosion of Democracy and Grave Threats to Civil Society in Russia. Helsinki Monitor, 17(3), 205–206. https://doi.org/10.1163/157181406778141847
  • O. Kuzina, & M. Chernysheva. (2016). Corporate charity and corporate philanthropy in Russia: An economic sociology analysis. VOPROSY ECONOMIKI. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.nos.voprec.2016.03.7
  • Sheehan, J. J. (1992). Perestroika from Below: Civil Society and Informal Associations in the Soviet Union. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.2ADA758F
  • Vladislav A. Plotnikov. (2018). The Emerging Civil Society-State Nexus in Putin’S Russia: A Case Study in Public Health. HSE Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.hig.wpaper.15.psp.2018
  • Ярошенко, С. С. (2014). What is the Future of Social Movements in Russia? Review of the book: Clement C., Miryasova O., Demidov A. (eds.) Ot obyvatelej k aktivistam. Zarojdajushiesja socialnye dvijenija v sovremennoy Rossii [From Ordinary Citizens to Activists. Rising Social Movements in Contemporary Russia]. Moscow: Tri kvadrata, 2010. 668 p. ISBN 978-5-94607-139-0 ; Каковы перспективы социальных движений в России? Рецензия на книгу: Клеман К., Мирясова О., Демидов А. (ред.) От обывателей к активистам. Зарождающиеся социальные движения в современной России. М.: Три квадрата, 2010. 668 с. ISBN 978–5–94607–139–0. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.583E2A85