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Understanding Russia (Module)

Module description

This module is intended as an analytical survey course that introduces students to scholarly debates about contemporary Russia. It aims at developing a comprehensive analytical toolkit required for understanding the various patterns and dynamics in Russian politics, state and society.  The module is motivated by the growing prominence of ‘the Russian challenge’ issue in contemporary global political debates and is structured around a series of questions that allow for exploring commonly used explanatory variables as well as key issue areas structuring public and scholarly debates on Russia. 

*Please note that module content is indicative and is subject to change year to year.


Staff information

Dr Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Teaching pattern

One hour lecture, one hour seminar over ten weeks 

Module assessment - more information

Attendance and Participation (10%); Discussion Board - current events (15%); 2 Quizzes (25% x 2); Op-Ed piece (1000 words) (25%)

Key information

Module code 4YYR0002

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module Yes