Institutions, Identity and Society in Russia and Eurasia focuses on the evolution of the Russian state and society after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The module seeks to build an understanding of this, territorially largest country in the world, as a place of tremendous regional, social and economic diversity, as a country saddled by acute political and governance challenges and integrated in the global economic and financial institutions. The module does that by (1) employing the prism of centre-regional relations and federalism to provide an in-depth perspective on governance, political economy and ethno-social and religious diversity in contemporary Russia and (2) combining the micro and macro perspectives to enable a holistic understanding of Russia’s contemporary realities. Among the key topics addressed are the origins of Russia’s ethno-federalist structure, key federal institutions, the recent socio-economic and political trends, religious and ethno-cultural developments, and the nature of linkages with global economic institutions.
*Please note that module content is indicative and is subject to change year to year.
Dr Gulnaz Sharafutdinova
One hour lecture, one hour seminar
Module assessment - more information
2,000-word essay (50%), 2h exam (50%)