Russian Foreign Policy from Alexander I to Vladimir Putin - HIS00074M

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  • Department: History
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Shane O'Rourke
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Develop skills of source analysis and interpretation;
  • Assess a range of source material and relevant secondary works; and
  • Develop students’ powers of evidence-based historical argument, both orally and in writing.

Module learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course students should:

  • Have a understanding of the main contours of Russian foreign policy over the past 200 years
  • Understand the importance of recurring themes in Russian foreign policy
  • Be able to distinguish what is constant and what is ephemeral in Russian foreign policy
  • Understand Russia’s place in the system of international relations over the past 200 years

Module content

This course will look at Russian foreign policy over a period of 200 years from 1815 to 2015 . It will seek to establish the continuities and discontinuities in foreign policy between the Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet regimes. The course will be framed chronologically and thematically. We will seek to understand the drivers of foreign policy during this period. Among the themes to be studied will be geopolitics, ideology, Great Power Status and the need for security. By following these themes through two centuries we should see clearly what is constant and and what is ephemeral in Russian foreign policy.


Teaching Programme:
Students will attend eight weekly two-hour seminars in weeks 2-9.

The likely seminar programme is as follows:

  1. Russian Foreign Policy: Themes and Principles
  2. The Imperial Period (1) 1815 -1856 The search for stability – The Concert of Europe
  3. The Imperial Period (2) 1856-1914: Security Through Alliances
  4. The Soviet Period (1) 1917-1941: The World Revolution and the Soviet State
  5. The Soviet Period (2) 1941-1984 The Soviet Superpower
  6. The Post Soviet Period (1) 1984 – 2000 Search for a new path
  7. The Post-Soviet Period (2) 2000-2015 The Return of a Great Power?
  8. Concluding session: Russian foreign policy 1815-2015

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay 4000 Words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

Students will complete a 2,000 word procedural essay for formative assessment, due in week 6 of the autumn term. They will then submit a 4,000 word assessed essay for summative assessment in week 2 of the spring term.

For further details about assessed work, students should refer to the Taught Masters Degrees Statement of Assessment.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay 4000 Words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Following their formative assessment task, students will receive written feedback consisting of comments and a mark within 10 working days of submission. All students are encouraged, if they wish, to discuss the feedback on their procedural work during their tutor’s student hours. For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.

For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement of Assessment.

Indicative reading

For term time reading, please refer to the module VLE site. Before the course starts, we encourage you to look at the following items of preliminary reading:

Haslam, J. Russia’s Cold War: From the October Revolution to the Fall of the Wall. New Haven, 2011.

Rieber, A.J. The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of the Early Modern Empires to the End of the First World War. Cambridge, 2014.

Tsygankov, A. Russia and the West From Alexander to Putin: Honor in International Relations. Cambridge, 2014.



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