Introduction of the programme:
Relations between the EU and Russia went through ups and downs over the course of the last decades. To have a better grasp of these dynamics, we have to look back and understand the nature of bilateral interactions and the setup of institutional framework established between the two entities.
The summer school programme will introduce students to the institutional framework of EU and Russia relations. The recent crisis in Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union has aggravated the tendency to view Russia through the prism of stereotypes. Contemporary Russian Federation is often seen as a re-incarnation of the Soviet Union, a country with authoritarian political culture single-handedly ruled by Vladimir Putin, pursuing an expansionist foreign policy agenda and engaged in a new Cold War against the West. While there is a grain of truth behind each of these stereotypes, they hardly advance our understanding of the complex social, cultural and political developments that drive Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Thus the course will try to explain the role of the main foreign policy actors and institutions in the EU and Russia, which are involved in shaping bilateral relations in contested aspects in EU-Russia relations (such as shared neighbourhood and energy relations).
This summer school will provide students with both theoretical knowledge and sector-specific expertise covered by practitioners coming from HEIs, NGOs and EU institutions. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply your acquired knowledge in practice through completing a short mini-project, focused on media analysis of sources dealing with state of EU-Russia affairs.
Level: BA and MA
Credits: 4 ECTS
Programme fee: €500 online
Programme fee: the € 500 includes tuition, virtual tours and social events, interactive walking tours and visits. The students will engage in seminars, group-works and individual assignments under the guidance of our best professors.
Scholarships available: Estonian Scholarship Programme for Short Courses
The programme will guide you virtually through three main cities of Estonia: the capital Tallinn, the university town of Tartu and the border city of Narva.
The 14-days programme will allow students to meet instructors in person via Zoom and join virtual study trips, site visits, and a rich cultural and social programme. It combines online lectures and webinars, supported by independent readings and assignments.
A participant, who has successfully completed the course:
In order to complete the course and receive 4 ECTS, students will be asked to perform the following tasks:
The study programme contains the following broad themes:
Historical and institutional framework of EU-Russia relations;EU’s relevant foreign policy actors and institutions;The place of the Baltic states in EU-Russia relations: NATO, the EU, and Baltic regional security;
Russia’s relevant foreign policy actors and institutions;Arenas and perspectives on EU-Russia interactions and policy-making: neighbourhood, trade, and beyond.
The additional events of the programme will be:
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