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Course Details in 2018/19 Session

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Module Title LI Contemporary Russian and East European Politics A (LI)
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 12050
Module Lead Prof Wolczuk
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions Available to all Yr2
Contact Hours Guided independent study-80 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Lecture-10 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The module focuses on contemporary Russia and Ukraine as the two biggest Soviet successor states. Consideration is given to the progress or otherwise for democracy, institutional design, notions of nationhood and "national ideas", spatial politics in Russia and Ukraine as well as tensions between state-building and democratisation in Ukraine. The course also analyses the international dimension: both relations between Ukraine and Russia within the CIS and their respective relations with the West in general, and NATO and the EU in particular. The aim is also to develop an in-depth understanding of the contemporary developments in the two key countries of the former Soviet Union.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

  • 1. To contextualise the key features of contemporary Russia's polity in terms of both Russia's past and comparative international experience;
  • 2. To critically apply theories of transition, democratisation and party formation to the specifics of contemporary Russia and Ukraine;
  • 3. To identify the key socio-political processes in independent Ukraine and assess their importance within Ukraine and the wider world
Assessment 12050-01 : 2000-word essay 1 : Coursework (50%)
12050-03 : 2-hr exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 1 x 2000 word essays (50%) 1 x 2 hour written exam (50%) Re-assessment 2 hour Examination (100%)
Other none
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