International Politics and Security in Russia and Eurasia

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Derek Averre

Credits: 20
Semester: 1 + 2


This module will examine a range of key issues in the international politics and security of Russia and Eurasia. The course comprises of six thematic blocks, beginning with a survey of the region since the collapse of the Soviet bloc and Cold War and post-Cold War theoretical approaches and current themes in international politics. Other topics covered include: regional security organisations; Russia's relations with Europe, US and China; US and EU policy in Central Asia and the Caucasus; energy politics; state-building and political regimes; conflicts, new wars and non-traditional security issues. Each theme will be explored in relation to specific cases and events in Russia and Eurasia. The course concludes by returning to the theoretical approaches discussed at the start of the course to examine their utility in understanding and explaining political and security dynamics in the region.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you (the student) are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of key issues in the international politics and security in Russia and Eurasia
  2. Discuss and compare theoretical approaches to the analysis of international politics and security in Russia and Eurasia
  3. Analyse specific issues in a theoretically consistent manner while accounting for local contexts and realities. 


  • 1 x 2,000 word assessment (50%), 1 x 2 hour Examination (50%)

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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 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.