Russia between Past and Future
The course is a single subject course, open for exchange students. It runs late afternoons to allow for parallel studies.
What is going on in Russia? Why have the hopes of a development of liberal democracy after the dissolution of the Communist rule instead resulted in a more authoritarian society? In this course you will study the economic, political and social development of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, as well as an overview of Russia's history including the Soviet era.
The course mainly deals with Russia's economic, political and social development after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In addition, there is a module in which Russia's history until the Russian Revolution is addressed, and another module in which Soviet Russia is covered. These parts aim to provide knowledge of the historical background to the transformation in recent decades. In addition, the long-term development of Russia, and explanations behind the dissolution of the Soviet Union will be part of the course. Furthermore, Russia's new international role, and the country's tense relationship with the West, are topics included in the course.
The course include three sub courses; Russia's History until the Russian Revolution, The Soviet Union era, and Contemporary Russia.