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Master 2019/2020

Russia's Identity in World Politics (from Global South to Global Nomads)

Type: Elective course (Business and Politics in Modern Asia)
Area of studies: Asian and African Studies
When: 2 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: без онлайн-курса
Instructors: Sergei Akopov
Master’s programme: Business and Politics in Modern Asia
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

In this course we approach the sociocultural premises of Russian foreign policy, which often remain implicit yet invite direct inquiry. The idea of the course is a comparative analysis of Russia's Identity in World Politics through perspectives of different schools of International Relations. The main focus of the course goes on the role Russian political actors play in the construction of “Global South - North” relationships while others turn into “Global Nomads” like transnational migrants, “third culture kids” and transnational intellectuals. Exploring phenomena of political securitization, deconstruction of political images of the “enemy”, collective guilt and moral debt that the West owes to “Global South”, we discuss the terms under which regional conflicts could be negotiation within the supranational institutions (like UNESCO) and turned for the good of a planetary development. The course is based on the interactive principle and qualitative research methods; the students are encouraged to participate in the discussions over the key problems that national and transnational actors face within Russian and world politics in the era of globalization. The assessment of the course includes a creative research portfolio and its oral presentation in the class.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the core literature necessary for understanding of societal and political developments
  • Know key concepts and approaches in global and transnational relations
  • Gain necessary skills for academic discussion, reading, and writing also doing research design
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Capable to study, gain new expertise, conduct academic discussions in English
  • Gaining skills in information literacy and capability of analyzing research in the field of transnational networks of global nomads
  • Capable to comprehend academic questions in the field of social sciences
  • Capable of defining research questions, setting aims and goals, defining the research object and subject, choosing research methods, and of evaluating the quality of research
  • Obtaining skills of public discussion in English, using professional terminology
  • Obtaining skills necessary for analyzing major political and social transformations of “Global North” and “Global South”
  • Capable of conducting academic and applied research in social sciences
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The problem of “Global North - South” Through the Prism of “Great Debates” in IR Theory: Realism and Neorealism.
  • Sovereignty Among the “Friends” and “Enemies” Through the Lenses of Liberalism
  • Challenging the Hegemony of “The Core”: A Neomarxist View on Russian Geopolitics
  • Social Construction of Russia’s Collective Memory
  • “Poststructural turn” in a research of Russian Political Symbols.
  • Russia’s Post-Colonial Voice: Global Russians and The Problem of “Western Guilt”
  • “Russia’s Identity” From A Feminist IR Perspective
  • Analysing Soft and Smart Powers in Russia’s Foreign Policy
  • Student’s Portfolios Presentations
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class project presentation
  • non-blocking Participation
    Every week teams of two students will have to prepare a short 20 min. introduction to each seminar based on the texts for home reading: a brief outline of main arguments and findings and a set of questions for discussion.
  • non-blocking Portfolio
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.25 * In-class project presentation + 0.25 * Participation + 0.5 * Portfolio
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Baylis, J. (DE-588)139834338, (DE-576)160207436. (2011). The globalization of world politics : an introduction to international relations / John Baylis; Steve Smith; Patricia Owens. Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.335482058

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Morozov, V. (2015). Russia’s Postcolonial Identity : A Subaltern Empire in a Eurocentric World. [Basingstoke]: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=998101