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School of Politics and International Relations

POL382 Contemporary Russian Politics

(POL382A – Autumn)

Level: 6

Credits: 15 credits

Semester: A

Contact: Dr Ksenia Northmore-Ball

Overlap: None


Compulsory for: None

Associate Availability: Full year and Autumn 


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia has experienced a number of dramatic political, social and economic changes which are by no means at an end. Its role as an international actor has also changed over time and frequently defied the expectations of its international allies and adversaries, as the Ukraine crisis of 2014 has demonstrated. This module aims to introduce students to the politics, government and foreign policy of Russia as they have developed since 1991 in order to allow students to analyse and assess the challenges Russia faces today and its complex role in contemporary geopolitics.

Assessment: 1 x 1,000 word Literature Review (30%) and 1 x 3,000 word Essay (70%)