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Магистерская программа «Сравнительная политика Евразии»

Politics and Society in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
6
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course explores politics and society in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. While the course programme is mostly focused on the contemporary period, it will also touch upon historic period of the Russian Empire and the USSR. Key themes of the course are: existing conceptualisations of the region; state building and state fragility; Russian/Soviet legacies; ethnicity, nationhood, nation building and nationalism; (ethnic) conflict and conflict resolution; role of gender, family, religion, formal and informal networks and institutions in state-society relations; good governance and democracy promotion, its effect on the political regimes and its limitations; regional integration projects, key factors and possible integration formats. The course will help students to acquire knowledge on the nature of state, politics and society in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, and develop critical thinking on variations in and drivers of political, economic, social and cultural transformations in this part of the world. This course is designed as a joint online course between HSE and JLU Giessen (Germany).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • It aims to provide students with nuanced understanding of political and societal transformations in in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to evaluate, model and forecast social and political processes at the global, international, national, regional, and local levels using methodology of empirical and theoretical research
  • Able to develop proposals and recommendations for applied research and consulting
  • Able to use the current results of scientific research in political science, as well as interdisciplinary research in the Eurasian (post-Soviet) region to solve practical problems of professional activity.
  • Able to organize and conduct political science expertise of socially significant projects in the countries of the Eurasian (post-Soviet) region
  • Able to independently prepare the summary of analytical materials (reviews, notes, reports, reports, recommendations, etc.) and proposals for decision-makers in the political sphere in the countries of the Eurasian (post-Soviet) region
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The complex historical legacy of Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova. The Soviet period and its influence on the current state of affairs in politics and societal development
    This lecture and seminar will cover a brief history of the three countries, with a special focus on the Soviet period and its influence on the current state of affairs in politics and societal development in modern Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine
  • Reaching independence: new challenges, new opportunities for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. Overcoming the Soviet legacy.
    This section is devoted to the overcoming of the Soviet legacy in politics, economics, and culture.
  • Complicated nation-building and multiple identities in post-Soviet Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine.
    The lecture and seminar are devoted to the complex nation-building projects of the three countries. It will also highlight the ethnolinguistic landscape of post-Soviet Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine.
  • Ethnicity, nationalism, and language policy (I). Minority issues
    The series of lectures and seminars covers the most pertinent issues in language policy and nation-building in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. The section also focuses on the main challenges in the field of the protection of ethnic minorities’ rights.
  • Ethnicity, nationalism, and language policy (II)- Minority issues
    The series of lectures and seminars covers the most pertinent issues in language policy and nation-building in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. The section also focuses on the main challenges in the field of the protection of ethnic minorities’ rights.
  • Civil society and the prospects of democratization in the region
    This lecture and seminar cover a particularly important topic of the prospects of democratization in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. It also touches upon the problems of the development of effective institutions and civil society.
  • Foreign and domestic policy agenda: Eastern Partnership Program and the prospects of integration into the EU
    This section is devoted to the Eastern Partnership Programme and the prospects of EU integration.
  • Foreign and domestic policy agenda: A relationship with Russia
    This section covers a complex relationship with Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova’s neighbour — Russia.
  • Protest movements and revolutions
    This section is of particular interest for students as we will focus on the recent protest movements in Belarus and also discuss the Orange Revolution and the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine and their influence on the political and societal life of Ukraine. During the lecture and seminar, we will discuss the protests in Moldova in 2015-2016 as well.
  • Migration issues
    These lecture and seminar are devoted to migration issues in the three countries, considering the legacy of protest movements, which forced many people to flee from Ukraine and Belarus.
  • Concluding discussion: The prospects of the region. European integration and/or overcoming the Soviet legacy?
    The final discussion is devoted to the overall assessment of the political, societal, and economic transformations in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. We will also discuss the prospects of their democratic development and their relationship with the EU, USA, and Russia.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation
    Assessment will be based on attendance, preparation of readings, participation in class discussion with the focus on qualitative contribution to the discussion, ability to answer questions based on the readings, come up with own interpretations and reflections and react to comments made by other students.
  • non-blocking Presentations
    Each tutorial (starting from the week 4) will commence by a presentation prepared by a small group of students (up to 4 students per group). During the first tutorial, students should propose for approval by the instructor: 1) composition of their groups; 2) topics for their presentations based on the topics/readings for the tutorials; 3) outlines of their presentations. These presentations will function as basis for further class discussion. Therefore, presenters are supposed to cover mandatory and optional readings and, preferably, use other non-assigned sources for their analysis on the chosen topic in order to make a genuinely original contribution.
  • non-blocking Tests/quizzes
    It is expected that there will be 10 tests/quizzes where students’ understanding, and knowledge of the literature and subject will be controlled. The quizzes will be conducted online, using Google Forms or Extended forms. Mini quizzes contain 10 questions to be answered in 7 minutes. The questions are MCQ with one correct answer to be picked among several. These questions are based on the class materials (lectures and mandatory readings for the class) for each topic.
  • non-blocking Final paper/final essay (2500-3000 words)
    The final paper should relate to any aspect of the course. It can be a critical review of the existing literature on a specific topic, or an original piece of research, or a small comparative research project (format and topic need to be approved by the instructor by the week 6). The final paper is due by the tutorial 12.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.25 * Final paper/final essay (2500-3000 words) + 0.25 * In-class participation + 0.25 * Presentations + 0.25 * Tests/quizzes
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Burlyuk, O., Shapovalova, N., & Zarembo, K. (2017). Introduction to the special issue : civil society in Ukraine : building on Euromaidan legacy. KYIV-MOHYLA LAW AND POLITICS JOURNAL ; ISSN: 2414-9942. https://doi.org/10.18523/kmlpj119977.2017-3.1-22
  • Cheskin, A., & Kachuyevski, A. (2019). The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Post-Soviet Space: Language, Politics and Identity. Europe-Asia Studies, 71(1), 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2018.1529467
  • Pal Kolsto. (2018). Political Construction Sites : Nation Building In Russia And The Post-soviet States. Routledge.
  • Paul D’anieri. (2018). Politics And Society In Ukraine. Routledge.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Dr. Aneta Pavlenko. (2008). Multilingualism in Post-Soviet Countries. Multilingual Matters.
  • Lutsevych, O. aut. (2013). How to finish a revolution civil society and democracy in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine Orysia Lutsevych.
  • Maksimovtsova, K. (2019). Language Conflicts in Contemporary Estonia, Latvia, and Ukraine : A Comparative Exploration of Discourses in Post-Soviet Russian-Language Digital Media. ibidem.