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Russia between Past and Future

Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Mixed time
Location independent
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Full education cost: 22 250 SEK
First payment: 22 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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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.

Prerequisites and selection


General entrance requirements


Selection is based upon average grade from upper secondary school (34 %), the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits (33 %) and Högskoleprovet - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (33 %).

After graduation

After finishing the course you will be able to account for the political, economic and social developments in Russia from the middle age and forward. You will also have knowledge about Russia’s development after the dissolution of the Soviet Union 1991 and the main driving forces in this development. Finally you will have the ability to critically discuss different data on developments in today's Russia.


The Centre for European Studies is located in Campus Haga, which lies right in the centre of the city of Gothenburg.

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