IR337 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
IR337 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics 3 0 6 Monday 15.00-15.50 Wednesday 12.00-13.50
Prerequisite Junior Standing It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Kristian L. Nielsen Office Hours / Room / Phone
Tuesday:
10:00-12:00
Wednesday:
15:00-16:00
Thursday:
13:00-15:00
B F1.32
E-mail knielsen@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives This course examines contemporary Russian and Post-Soviet politics. It starts with an historical perspective on the imperial and Soviet legacies, before covering the transition away from Communism and planned economy, and eventually the rise to power and entrenchment in office of Vladimir Putin. It also considers Russian foreign policy, relations with its neighbours, and the war against Ukraine since 2014. The experience of Ukraine is dealt with separately at the end, offering a contrast to that of Russia.
Textbook • Abraham Ascher: A Short History of Russia, Polity: New York, 2018. • Geoffrey Hosking: Russian History: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2012. • Serhii Plokhy: The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine, Allen Lane: London, 2015. • Neil Robinson: Contemporary Russian Politics: An Introduction, Polity: London, 2018. • Stephen White: Understanding Russian Politics, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2011. • Selected articles, speeches and documents, see detailed reading list, available from the instructor
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Account for the history of Russian empire and of the Soviet Union.
  2. Describe and explain the challenges of Post-Soviet democratic and economic transition.
  3. Describe and explain the current dynamics of Russian politics and society, and the contrast with Ukraine.
  4. Critically evaluate Russian foreign policy and its role vis-a-vis other Post-Soviet countries
Teaching Methods Lecturing, powerpoint presentations, seminars and discussions
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction See detailed reading list
Week 2 The Russian Empire until 1917 See detailed reading list
Week 3 The Soviet Union I See detailed reading list
Week 4 The Soviet Union II + Quiz 1 See detailed reading list
Week 5 The Soviet Union III See detailed reading list
Week 6 Russia politics in the 1990's & economic transition See detailed reading list
Week 7 Midterm exam
Week 8 Putin in power, 2000-2024 and beyond See detailed reading list
Week 9 Putin in power, 2000-2024 and beyond See detailed reading list
Week 10 Putin in power + society and social values See detailed reading list
Week 11 Quiz 2 + Russia and the West See detailed reading list
Week 12 Russia and its neighbours See detailed reading list
Week 13 Ukraine is not Russia I See detailed reading list
Week 14 Ukraine is not Russia II See detailed reading list
Week 15 Final review, questions, discussion See detailed reading list
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 1, 2, 3, 4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 30 1, 2
Quizzes 2 5 1, 2, 3
Active participation 1 20 3, 4
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture hours 3 14 42 Midterm exam 8 1 8
Individual learning 6 14 84 Final exam 16 1 16
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 19/03/2020
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