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Module description

The Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia accounts for one third of the taught core on the Russia Institute MSc programmes and is designed to run in tandem with the Contemporary Russian Politics and Policy module, contextualizing academic exploration with a direct engagement with invited policy practitioners from various fields. The Practice of Policymaking in Contemporary Russia will provide an opportunity for students to learn directly from policy practitioners engaged professionally with Russia, including diplomats, journalists, investors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, NGO activists, cultural producers, educators and others.

Students will study the primary and secondary literatures on various aspects of Russia’s institutional environment, adding to the theoretical and empirical literatures read in other modules. The course’s reading list includes academic texts, journalistic and professional reports, and novels, designed to provide students with a multifaceted immersion into the realities of political, social, economic and cultural life in contemporary Russia. 25 September 2018 2 Students will be encouraged to make use of all of these sources of information and insight in order to engage in a critical cross examination of both the literature and the evidence provided by practitioners. Invited practitioners will present students with a problematized summary of their own experience working in or with Russia, will respond to students’ questions and be invited to debate with students as they develop their own analytical opinions.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.


Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

two-hour lecture and seminar and fieldtrips fortnightly over two terms 

Module assessment - more information

  • 4 x 1,000-word writing assignment (20% each so 80% in total);
  • Class participation (20%)

Key information

Module code 7YYR0003

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 20

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No