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Russia and the European International Order

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
1 year, 3, 4 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is devoted to the problems of the relationship between Russia and the European international order. Russia has been striving for centuries to become part of the intra-European balance of power. The European powers hoped to involve Russia in such a system of relations that would make it possible to use its resources without giving the right to vote in resolving the main issues of the regional order. Now this long-standing paradigm of relationships has been destroyed. The coming years will be a difficult period for the European region to form a new system of relations between the EU and Russia. Therefore, the above issues will be the main focus of this course.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course is designed to offer an in-depth study of the EU-Russia relationship. It will look at the history of that relationship and analyze its legal and analytical framework. The course is designed to cover EU-Russia relations from multiple angles (e.g., the role of values and interests, and the influence of relations between Russia and individual member states) and in a number of spheres and dimensions (e.g., global politics, relations in the post-Soviet space, security, energy, and transport). It will also address how the relationship is currently developing, as well as key issues, such as negotiations on a new strategic partnership treaty, prospects for a visa-free regime and the partnership for modernization project.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Conceptual analyses and practical study of the EU-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War. The study of structural problems and theoretical patterns of the relations and their evolution during the last 20 years
  • In-depth study of the EU-Russia relationship. The history of that relationship and analyze its legal and analytical framework. The analysis of the EU-Russia relations from multiple angles (e.g., the role of values and interests, and the influence of relations between Russia and individual member states) and in a number of spheres and dimensions
  • The analysis of Russian soft power in comparison with hard power
  • The analysis of the causal relationship of Russia's historical role in the European international order
  • The analysis of the current state of EU-Russia relations under the Russa’s Pivot to the East
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Russia and the European security order revisited: from the congress of Vienna to the post-cold war
  • EU–Russia Relations and a Future of Europe
  • EU-Russia Relations between the Cold Wars
  • Russia’s Soft Power: What It Is and What It Might Be
  • EU-Russia relations within the Asian context
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Case study
  • non-blocking Essay (1000 words)
  • non-blocking Presentation (10 minutes)
  • non-blocking Essay (500 words)
  • non-blocking Project Proposal (2000 words)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 3rd module
  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.2 * Case study + 0.2 * Essay (1000 words) + 0.2 * Essay (500 words) + 0.2 * Presentation (10 minutes) + 0.2 * Project Proposal (2000 words)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Robin Alison Remington, & Robert K. Evanson. (2020). Globalization and Regime Change : Lessons From the New Russia and the New Europe. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • David, M., & Romanova, T. (2015). Modernisation in EU——Russian Relations: Past, Present, and Future. European Politics & Society, 16(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1080/15705854.2014.965895