Our curriculum combines an in-depth understanding of the political, historical, social, and economic developments that characterize the EU, the Russian Federation, and their shared neighbourhood, with a strong multi-disciplinary perspective prioritizing each student’s personal development.
The curriculum consists of five key components:
Methods module (18 ECTS)
The goal of the module is (a) to provide an overview of social science methodology, (b) to introduce the main approaches and methods used in the study of contemporary democratic governance, and (c) to teach how to use these methods in applied problem-solving settings.
Core Module (36 ECTS)
The module aims to provide specific and in-depth knowledge about the functioning, institutional nature, and decision-making structures of the European Union and Russia and the evolving nature of their mutual relations. Specific attention is devoted to the multidimensionality of the process of European and regional integration (both per se and in relation with Russia) in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood.
Specialization module (24 ECTS)The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to specialize according to their academic interest. A student can choose between a variety of courses focusing on different policy areas or disciplinary fields, dealing with the Russian Federation, the EU, and their shared neighbourhood.
Regular courses represent only one component of the learning experience, which also includes field trips abroad, international summer and winter schools, academic boot camps, student-centred social activities and ad-hoc out-door motivational training.
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Methods Module (18 ECTS)
Academic Writing and Study Skills (3 ECTS)
Constructivist Theory and Method (6 ECTS)
or Quantitative Methods (6 ECTS)
Qualitative and Interpretive Methods in International Studies (3 ECTS)
Social Science Methodology (6 ECTS)
Core Module (36 ECTS)
The course aims to give a systematic overview of societal, national, and international developments in a changing world and of how they influence the transformation of EU's policies and politics and of EU's relationship with "others". The course will start with the multi-dimensional analysis of a special case and its causal relationship with analytical and practical issues related to EU politics, societies, history, international law, international politics, and economics.
Course keywords: economy, developments, reforms, institutional change, EU, Russia, migration, energy.
The course introduces the nature and functioning of the European Union's external dimension. While the primary purpose of the European project continues to be fostering peace and prosperity on the continent, managing the EU's relations with the outside world has gained salience over time, both as a matter of necessity ('being secure in an insecure world') and as a matter of increasing ambition ('Europe living up to its potential').
In response, the EU has gradually emerged as an active player on the world stage over the last decades. Subsequently, the member states have equipped the EU with the means to conduct a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including an institutional machinery (EEAS) and supplemented by a defence dimension (CSDP). In effect, however, the EU has repeatedly failed to live up to these expectations and thus is often regarded as "punching below its weight", is considered a somewhat peculiar international actor.
Course keywords: foreign, security, development, neighborhood, enlargement and trade policies of the EU.
The course offers an in-depth analysis of the key concepts that frame foreign policy strategies of the EU and Russia. Lectures and seminars provide opportunities to comprehend the primordial importance of ideas for normative policies and institution building. The gist of the course is to unpack a variety of (the languages of) conceptualizations of Russia and Europe, as seen from different hegemonic and counter-hegemonic perspectives, including those of their common neighbours.
Course keywords: ideas, political practices, Russia, Europe.
The course aims to give a systematic overview of societal, national, and international developments in a changing world and of how they influence the transformation of political and social EU and its relations with Russia. The course looks at the process of supranational and regional integration in Europe and Russia and its causal relationship with analytical and practical issues related to nations, societies, history, international law, and international politics.
Course keywords: European integration, institutions, EU external & internal projection, Russia, EU-Russia relations, international law, politics, nations, societies.
Specialization Module (24 ECTS)
The course will address several issues: where is the border between EU and non-EU, Europe and Asia, East and West? Is Narva river a border between the Occidental and Oriental world? How small identities survive under the regional policies of the EU? What is culture and what it has to do with values of our future generation? Comparing institutional context of policymaking: EU vs. C.I.S. (Orthodox-byzantine space).
Course keywords: multiculturalism, occidental and oriental countries, subcultures, anthropology, generation Y, religious wars, religion and politics, values and ethics.
The course will touch upon the concepts of moral and political philosophy, challenges of relativism, utilitarianism and pluralism of values in the EU as well as give introduction to political values, limits of liberty and the idea of equality. Issues of distributive and global justice will be questioned and understanding of human rights in Russia and Europe, feminism and gender issues will be discussed.
Course keywords: relativism, utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, liberty and its limits, equality, distributive justice, humanitarianism, human rights, feminism and gender issues.
The course is designed according to the principles of Team Based Learning. The students will be assigned to permanent teams and the teams will be given various problems to solve. The problems are designed to facilitate the acquirement of the learning outcomes and the course content. The problems within a unit are in increasing difficulty order. The final problem will be assessed and each team member will receive an individual score based on their contribution. The topics of the units are:Trends in energy economy,Energy balance,Energy market, Climate change and energy policies,Energy security and EU-Russia relations.
This course describes changes at the levels of state-state, state-international organisation, and state-multinational corporation interactions as a result of globalisation. The main emphasis is on the national competitiveness and challenges for global investment and external trade, integration and neighbourhood policy, multidimensional relations between the EU and Russia.
Course keywords: Globalisation, competitiveness, state, European integration, labour and migration, FDI, trade, institutions.
The main objective of the course is to familiarize students with the diverse forms and causes of global migration, to analyze the impact of global migration on economy, society, culture and identity of sending as well as receiving country. Furthermore, the objective is also to analyze EU migration policy and internal EU migration processes. Course introduces students also to the migration research methods, sources of information and databases.
Course keywords: Migration policy, development policy, demographics and population policy, human rights and International refugee law, citizenship policy, EU policies in the areas of migration, human rights, conflict management, common market, free movement.
The course is aimed at tackling from different analytical perspectives the concept of biopolitical power, as exemplified by regulations for disciplining and constraining human bodies, from anti-gay and anti-abortion laws to food sanctions and Ebola quarantines. Biopolitics is understood along the lines of Michel Foucault as a relatively soft (but rather pervasive) technology of power and governance targeted at such areas as health, sanitation, education, demographic policy, and sexuality. For biopolitics, the human body, including the private life of the individual, is part of political calculations and mechanisms of power.
Course keywords: biopolitics, biopower, body politic, gender, nationalism, migration, political regimes.
Power is a multidimensional and a relational concept. In the discipline of International Relations (IR), power is ubiquitous: indeed, the very nature of international politics has been described as 'power politics' (Morgenthau 1948). Realists have used power as a central variable for explaining actor interests and outcomes, analysing it mainly through military indicators or some composite index involving a GDP. In the field of political theory, the purpose of power analysis concerns the questions of government/governance, political order and autonomy. In the field of explanatory theories (such as 'balance of power' or 'power transition' theories), power is thought of in terms of agency, influence, and possibly cause, but also in terms of social rule and hegemony.
Policy transfer, also known as lesson-drawing, policy convergence, and/or policy diffusion refers to the process by which knowledge about policies, administrative arrangements, institutions and ideas in one political system (past or present) is used in the development of policies, administrative arrangements, institutions and ideas in another political system. Over the past twenty years, the concept of policy transfer has become an important part of the policy analysis literature, being used to analyze the development of diverse policies from social and welfare policy, crime, public education, development assistance and other fields.
The course introduces the history of development of privacy, legal regulations of personal data protection on both national and international level and sociological conceptions of consumer privacy. During the course the following issues will be discussed: big data, open data and consumer-privacy, technological privacy and trade-offs, governmental databases, individuals as privacy violators, policy research in security and safety, future of privacy and private future, censorship and fundamental rights, etc.
Course keywords: privacy, ethics, publicity, e-society, social media, generation Y, security and protection, censorship, policy, privacy law, human rights.
This course attempts to understand European integration in the context of the history and philosophy of the European state. To this aim, it studies the history of European political thought focusing primarily on the idea of sovereignty and brings this to meet the idea of supranationalism as it has emerged from some prominent theories addressing the practices and history of the EU. While trying to elicit the delicate relationship between the two terms it also touches upon some other crucial ideas pertaining to European statehood - the rule of law, democracy, freedom, civil society etc.
Course keywords: State theory, History of European political thought, European integration, rule of law, sovereignty, supranationalism, nation state, European identity.
Master Thesis module & development seminar (30 ECTS)
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