Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Russian: During your first year you will study two compulsory language modules 'Russian Core Advanced or Beginners I and II' and one optional module. You can choose between a range of optional modules including: 'Contemporary Russian and East European Politics', 'Cultural Politics of Russia and East Europe', 19th Century Russian Literature', and 'International Politics and Security in Russia and Eurasia'.
International Relations: You receive a thorough grounding in the study of international relations, with particular emphasis on the major approaches to the discipline and core issues such as conflict, war, peace, security, international and regional organisations, and international law. You will study three compulsory courses:
Russian: In addition to a compulsory language module 'Russian Language 2', you can choose from a variety of Russian Studies modules.
International Relations: The second-year compulsory module 'International Relations Theory' further develops your understanding of the discipline, introducing many new perspectives on international relations. As such, it is designed to develop your knowledge and theoretical understanding of this dynamic and changing field. In the second year you can also take a number of related courses within the Department of Political Science and International Studies.
You can choose to spend your year abroad in various locations including Moscow, St Petersburg, Yaroslavl, Petrozavodsk, Tver and Volgograd, spending either two semesters in one place or splitting them between two different places, for instance a semester in Moscow and a semester in Tver. There may also be the opportunity to spend a semester in Krakow, Poland.
Russian: In addition to a compulsory language module 'Russian Language 4', you can choose from a variety of optional modules. You also write an extended essay or dissertation on a Russian Studies topic of your choosing.
International Relations: In the final year you may take a range of options. These include subjects such as Power in Britain, Twentieth Century Political Thought, Political Economy of the EU, Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy, International Ethics, European Security, Critical Security Studies and Advanced Modern Asia.