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Politics and Society in Post-Soviet States

2022/2023
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
4
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
3 year, 1, 2 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course examines the political, social and economic development of the twelve post-Soviet states since 1991. The course takes a thematic approach to explore patterns among the post-Soviet states. It considers why democratic and market reforms have been problematic and patchy, with reference to important features of the region's shared Soviet legacy and political landscape (oligarchs, media control, 'coloured revolutions' and ethnic conflicts). The policies of external actors are analysed. A key theme of the module is to increase the knowledge of student’s away from Russia to provide greater understanding of the other post-Soviet state. The course assesses the conflicts, societies, economies and politics across the post-Soviet region providing students with in-depth knowledge of the sociological, economic and political cleavages in the post-Soviet region.