This 3-week programme is offered jointly with the Centre for EU-Russia Studies CEURUS of the University of Tartu. The course takes place in three different Estonian cities – in Tallinn at the premises of the University of Tartu Office in Tallinn, Tartu at the main campus of the University of Tartu and in Pärnu at the University of Tartu Pärnu College.
July 14 - August 1, 2014
The aim of the programme is to introduce the current issues and mutual relations of and between the European Union and the Russian Federation. Likewisely, the goal of the programme is to enable the participants to understand the historical factors behind the social developments in Europe and Russia, the status quo and the scenarios for the future.
Each week the lectures will be held from Monday to Thursday. In the afternoons there will be meetings with Estonian politicians and foreign diplomats residing in Estonia and field-trips to official establishments such as the Parliament and the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia.
Level: BA / MA
Upon successful completion the participants will receive the Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript of the University of Tartu.
The application deadline is May 31, 2014.
The programme awards 6 ECTS.
The programme fee is 1785 EUR. This includes tuition, accommodation with breakfast, transportation during the programme, cost of the cultural and social programme and the services of the host university. This programme is financially supported by the CEURUS.
The module will explore the development of the Russian Empire and its impact on today's Russian foreign policy. Being a former empire has an important impact on today's foreign policy principles in Russia. The module will compare different foreign policy schools of thought in Russia (Westerners, Slavophiles, Eurasianists) and their representation in Russian foreign policy. After briefly reviewing the main developments in the Soviet period, the module focuses on post-Soviet Russian foreign policy. It surveys a range of contemporary issues, including Russia’s evolving relationship with the EU and the US, its positions regarding NATO and EU expansion, and its attempts to retain/establish regional hegemony in the former Soviet space. The module examines various explanations of Russian foreign policy behaviour, considering the factors on the international, domestic and individual level. It will examine how foreign policy is determined by the national interests and security concerns, power capabilities, political culture, identity, institutions and norms.
While many experts describe the EU-Russia relations as stagnating, internally both players are going through dramatic changes. The Eurozone has been hit by the debt crisis, which presents a grave danger to the very existence of the single European currency. The scale of the financial problems which the European Union is now facing has pushed the EU governments towards a far-reaching political and institutional reforms, which might lead to the emergence of a much more coherent and robust political actor to replace today's rather loose confederation. Russia, for its part, demonstrates an unprecedented degree of political stability and continuity, and yet there are numerous indications that the tensions continue to accumulate within the economy, the state and society. There seems to be a consensus for the need to modernise the country. However, various elite groups and the wider society increasingly continue to diverge.
To sum up, it might be the case that both the EU and Russia are entering into the times of major transformations which can make them much stronger but can also lead their respective social, economic and political structures to a total collapse. The objective of this module is to help students to grasp the scale and interconnectedness of the various challenges that the EU and Russia face today, and to estimate the potential impact of these challenges on the EU-Russia relations.
More detailed information about this module will be published soon.