Russia and the Former Soviet Space

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Russia and the Former Soviet Space

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, European Studies, International Politics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course offers an informed and accessible overview to post-soviet government and politics, providing a solid understanding of both the domestic and foreign politics of post-communist states. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. •    recognise the major themes, debates, developments, and structures within the former USSR with a particular emphasis on Russia
    2. •    appraise the re-emergence of Russia as a major power
    3. •    Examine the current rivalry between Russia and the United States for influence in the post-Soviet space
    4. •    analyse a variety of post-soviet state case studies including both small and regional powers in post-Soviet Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
    5. •    access the causes and consequences of conflict in the post-soviet space
    6. •    determine the myriad of challenges faced by post-communist sphere in the political, cultural, social and economic spheres.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.