Module Catalogue 2020/21

POL2087 : Contemporary Russian Politics (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Valentina Feklyunina
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

None

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

This module will explore the politics of the Russian Federation, the largest country in the world. It will discuss Russia’s transition from Communist to post-Communist rule, and will examine the key features of Russia’s political system. It will consider a range of challenging questions: What were the reasons for the disintegration of the Soviet Union? What role does Russia seek to play in the international arena? Can we define Russia as a democracy?

The module aims:
- To provide a comprehensive introduction to contemporary Russian politics
- To develop a critical understanding of the key political actors and processes in post-Soviet Russia
- To introduce students to key issues in Russian domestic and foreign policies, with an emphasis on the post-Soviet period

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction: Russian History and Political Culture
2. The Rise of the Soviet Union
3. Perestroika and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
4. Political and Economic Reforms of the 1990s (i)
5. Political and Economic Reforms of the 1990s (ii)
6. Political and Economic Reforms of the 1990s (iii)
7. The Executive Branch and the Presidency: From El’tsin to Medvedev
8. The Judicial Branch
9. The Legislative Branch
10. Elections and Voting
11. Political Parties and their Substitutes
12. Civil Society in Post-Communist Russia
13. Human Rights
14. Russian Media and Political Communication
15. Social Policies
16. Economic and Business Policies
17. Reforming the Federation: Moscow and the Regions
18. Foreign Policy: Russia and Its Neighbours
19. Foreign Policy: Russia and the West
20. Russia’s Soft Power
21. Defence and Security Policies
22. Classifying Russian Political System: Democracy or Authoritarianism?

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

-       Understand key issues in contemporary Russian politics
-       Make informed statements about political processes in the Russian Federation
-       Apply key concepts learned through Politics modules at Stage 1 to analysis of Russia’s case

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:
-       Critically analyse issues in contemporary Russian politics
-       Articulate their understanding of Russian politics through oral and written communication

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.