Course: Contemporary Russia

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Course title Contemporary Russia
Course code KAP/SR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Naxera Vladimír, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Baštář Leichtová Magdaléna, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Romancov Michael, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Breakup of the USSR and the creation of Russian federation 2. Formation of the constitutional system in the beginning of the 1990s 3. Russian political system 4. President as a key actor in the political system - Yeltsin, Putin 5. Party system 6. Russian foreign policy - from atlantism to multi-vector policy 7. Russian regions 8. Economic transformation and energy policy 9. Security - military transformation, conflict regions, Russian involvement in international operations 10. Demographic development and Russian minorities in post-Soviet states 11. Russian media

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 30 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will understand the essential trends of Russian political, social and foreign policz development during the time of transformation from the breakup of the Soviet Union until present. Thez will be able to describe the crucial attributes of Russian political system, party system and Russian federal structures. They will be able to analyse specific internal political problems, put them into the specific Russian context and define their main causes. Students will be able to evaluate the present state of society and politics in Russia (democracy, freedom of the press, media and politics, minority rights etc.). Students will have basic knowledge of Russian foreign policy.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Bacon, Edwin - Wyman, Matthew. Contemporary Russia. Palgrave, Hampshire, 2005.
  • Donaldson, Robert - Nogee, Joseph. The Foreign Policy of Russia. M.E. Sharpe, New York, 2005.
  • Holzer, Jan. Politické strany Ruska. Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, Brno, 2004.
  • Holzer, Jan. Politický systém Ruska. 1. vyd. Brno : Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2001. ISBN 80-85959-97-6.
  • Kol.autorů. Rusko v globální politice. Globalaffairs.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts International Relations and East European Studies (11-5) Social sciences 3 Summer