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Political Regional Studies

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
6
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Political Regional Studies is an advanced level course for undergraduate students devoted to the spatial dimension of political processes in nations. The course’s object is subnational units (regions) in modern states as well as interrelations between regions, national governments, and supranational structures. The particular attention will be payed to federations and federalism as well as the most important issues of decentralization. The course is taught through lectures and discussion groups (hereafter DGs). DGs are interactive and include discussions over the essential readings and assignments which should be completed at home.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal of this course is to introduce students to political regional studies, its basics and main characteristics
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to efficiently communicate based on the goals and communication situations
  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
  • Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
  • Territorial arrangements. Federations and their forming
  • Federalism as unstable institutional structure
  • Conditions for robust federalism
  • Decentralization and its types. How to measure decentralization
  • The ambiguity of causes and effects of decentralization
  • Regional development and its strategies
  • Local government
  • Regions and globalization
  • Subnational interests in the EU
  • Territorial system in the USSR
  • Territorial system in the Russian Federation
  • Comparative federalism
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Discussion group activity
  • non-blocking Essay
  • blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Discussion group activity + 0.3 * Essay + 0.4 * Exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Lijphart, A. (2012). Patterns of Democracy (Vol. 2nd ed). New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=474918

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Filippov, M., Ordeshook, P. C., & Shvetsova, O. (2004). Designing Federalism : A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=157922