PIR-30101 - Russia and Europe: Hopes for Partnership, Legacy of Confrontation
Coordinator: Kyril Th Drezov Room: CBA1.024 Tel: +44 1782 7 33590
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

International Relations Combined Honours (Level 6)
International Relations Major (Level 6)
International Relations Minor (Level 6)
International Relations Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Masters) (Level 6)
Politics Combined Honours (Level 6)
Politics Major (Level 6)
Politics Minor (Level 6)
Politics Single Honours (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

Following a brief period of euphoria after the end of the Cold War, Russia seems to be drifting apart from its neighbours and partners in Europe. This module examines the evolution of different social, political and economic forces that shape Russia and Europe. It addresses deep-seated differences on sovereignty, democracy, human rights and security that explain Russia's uneasy relationship with NATO and the European Union.

The module introduces students to the Russia-Europe relationship by an in-depth analysis of key issues such as security (e.g. NATO expansion and Russia as 'energy superpower'), politics (e.g. popular sovereignty vs. autocracy) and culture (e.g. Russia as Europe's 'other').

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

analyse key problems in interpreting the nature of the Russia-Europe relationship: 1,2
explain how the legacy of confrontation (the Cold War and before) affects attitudes in Russia and select European countries: 1,2
explain the difference in attitudes between Russians and West Europeans towards state sovereignty, human rights, security and spheres of influence: 1,2
compare and contrast popular views on the role of the leader in Russia and select European countries: 1,2

Study hours

10 two-hour seminars;
30 hours seminar preparation;
60 hours essay preparation;
38 hours exam preparation;
2 hour exam.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
A 2500 word essay
A 2500 word essay on a topic chosen from a list of questions.

2: Exam weighted 50%
A 2-hour unseen exam
A 2-hour unseen exam consisting of a list of at least 6 questions from which students choose 2.