Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
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Available as a Free Standing Elective
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.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/pir-30101/lists
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').
Intended Learning Outcomes
analyse key problems in interpreting the nature of the Russia-Europe relationship: 1,2explain how the legacy of confrontation (the Cold War and before) affects attitudes in Russia and select European countries: 1,2explain the difference in attitudes between Russians and West Europeans towards state sovereignty, human rights, security and spheres of influence: 1,2compare and contrast popular views on the role of the leader in Russia and select European countries: 1,2
10 two-hour seminars; 30 hours seminar preparation; 60 hours essay preparation; 38 hours exam preparation;2 hour exam.
1: Essay weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
A 2500 word essayA 2500 word essay on a topic chosen from a list of questions.2: Exam weighted 50%
A 2-hour unseen examA 2-hour unseen exam consisting of a list of at least 6 questions from which students choose 2.