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Courses on Political Sciences & International Relations

1) Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU: the view from Russia

Title: CFSP of the EU: the view from Russia (2 ECTS)

Responsible person:
Anton Lapshin (Lecturer)

Aims of the course:
to discover the issues of decision-making process and realization of the EU’ CFSP from the point of view of Russian researches and in a context of Russian foreign policy

Content description:
to analyze the conceptual fundamentals of the European integration and role of the CFSP in a process of European integration from the point view of Russian researches; to evaluate the role of the EU in a new world order; to consider the main priorities, strategies and initiatives of the EU in the field of CFSP from the positions of Russian Federation; to analyse the current situation in EU-Russian relations.

Learning outcomes:
understanding of main conflicts in the EU-RF relationship

Teaching methods:
lectures, seminars, essay

Assessment methods:
participation in discussions – 30%, essay – 30%, final oral exam – 40%.

2) Political Processes on the Post-Soviet Space (PSS)

Title: Political Processes on the Post-Soviet Space (PSS) (4 ECTS)

Responsible person:
Anton Lapshin (Lecturer)

Aims of the course:
to discover the problematique of the New Independent States as a new actors of international relations

Content description:
Disintegration of the USSR. Regional and sub-regional integrational organisations on the Post-Soviet Space: the CIS, GUUAM, Russian-Belarus Union, EurAsEC, etc.
Political processes in the PSS-states. Interests of the external actors in the CIS’ countries: the USA, EU, China, Islamic states, Russia.

Learning outcomes:
understanding of main political processes on the Post-Soviet Space

Teaching methods:
lectures, seminars, essay

Assessment methods:
participation in discussions – 30%, essay – 30%, final oral exam – 40%

3) Modern Foreign Policy of Russia in the Context of the New World Order

Title: Modern Foreign Policy of Russia in the Context of the New World Order (4 ECTS)

Responsible person:
Anton Lapshin (Lecturer)

Aims of the course:
to discover the problematique of Russia as an actor of modern international relations, theoretical and practical aspects of decision-making process in the field of Russian foreign policy and its realization in real life in 1992-2009

Content description:
features of the New World Order. The cradle of modern foreign policy of Russia - Soviet legacy. Decision-making process. Discussion about the national interests of Russia in 1992-2009. Resources of foreign policy. Regional priorities: the CIS’ states, Europe, North and Latin America, Asia, Africa. Relationship with main international organisations. Results and prospects.

Learning outcomes:
understanding of main priorities of the Russian foreign policy in the modern world

Teaching methods:
lectures, seminars, essay

Assessment methods:
participation in discussions – 30%, essay – 30%, final oral exam – 40%

4) Republic of Karelia in the Framework of the New Regionalism

Title: Republic of Karelia in the Framework of the New Regionalism (1, 5 ECTS)

Responsible person:
Gleb Yarovoy (Ph.D. in international relations)

Aims of the course:
to familiarize students with the theoretical aspects of the new regionalism phenomenon, and empirical knowledge about the Karelian case, i.e. actorness, Europeanisation, regional economy and type of leadership, as well as cross-border cooperation in Karelia (and Russian North-West)

Content description:
Different views of two types of regionalism (traditional and new): B. Hettne, M. Keating, P. Shmitt-Egner and their synthesis
Overview of the Russian case: developments of federalism and regionalism in general
The case of Karelia: political, economic, societal development, cross-border cooperation. Are there any perspectives for the development of the new regionalism in Karelia / North-West of Russia?

Learning outcomes:
different concepts of the new regionalism phenomenon. Empirical knowledge about Karelia (and Russian North-West)
Methodological tool for the analysis of regional actorness in the framework of the new regionalism

Teaching methods:
Traditional lectures + discussions + group workshop

Assessment methods:
Participation in discussions + Final essay

5) Decision-Making Process: Political Perspective

Title: Decision-Making Process: Political Perspective (1, 5 ECTS)

Responsible person:
Maria Pitukhina (Ph.D. in international relations)

Aims of the course:
to expand knowledge of students on decision-making in contemporary politics

Content description:
(methodological approach to decision-making (brain-storm, focus-group, scenarios, role-games, SWOT-analyses, objectives tree etc.), theoretical approaches (P.Drucker, A.Etzioni, J.Hammond, R.Keeney, H.Raiffa, A.Hayashi etc.), practical approaches (negotiations case-studies, films about negotiation skills, leadership patterns, public speaking rules), cultural approach (G.Hofstede), psychological approach ( D.Carnegie, E.Shostrom), leadership approach (D.Dearlove), decision-making in contemporary Russia etc.

Teaching methods:
brain-storm, focus-group, scenarios, role-games, SWOT-analyses, objectives tree

Assessment methods:
essay, mid-term paper, book-exam, exam

Grading:
A-D

Contacts:
Institute of International Programs
Office 401, Anokhina str., 20,
Petrozavodsk, 185910, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation
tel: +7(8142) 71-10-89;
fax: + 7(8142) 71-96-14
e-mail: inted@petrsu.ru


 



 
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