HRUK00011U Russian Foreign Policy

Volume 2015/2016

Curriculum for the BA programme for the East and South East European Studies with specialisations in Balkan Studies, Modern Greek Studies, Polish and Russian, the 2010 curriculum or

Curriculum for the elective studies in Eastern European Studies, The 2007 Curriculum or

Curriculum for Master´s Programme in Russian Language and Culture
The 2008 Curriculum or

Curriculum for Master´s Programme in Eastern European Studies, The 2008 Curriculum or

Curriculum for Master’s Programme in Cross-Cultural Studies, The 2009 Curriculum


Russian foreign policy: Russia as a part of or apart from international society?

The module offers an introduction to the political, military, economic and cultural aspects of Russian foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The module will focus on Russian relations with a number of regions, such as:

  • The West;

  • Post-Soviet states;

  • The Middle East;

  • South and East Asia;

  • The most significant international organisations, including the EU, NATO, and the UN.

In particular, the module will investigate Russia’s recent relationship with international society. The question will be posed whether Russia can be considered a part of international society of today, or whether the country might be seen as increasingly standing apart from such a society. In this context, the conceptual and empirical traits of “international society” will be considered.

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a substantial breadth and depth of knowledge of Russian foreign policy during the post-Soviet decades, as well as an understanding of the main themes and policy tools contained within this policy;

  • Employ and evaluate the validity of relevant, key approaches within political science – in particular as these approaches relate to the topic of international society;

  • Reflect on continuities and changes in Russian foreign policy, including in a historical context;

  • Reflect on the possibility of domestic influences on Russian foreign policy, as well as the influence of Russian foreign policy on domestic affairs in Russia.


Learning Outcome

BA 2010-ordning Balkan:
Fordybelsesemne (fagelement HBAB01091E)
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HBAB01101E) 
BA projekt (fagelementkode HBAB01111E) 

BA 2010-ording Polsk:
Fordybelsesemne (fagelementkode HPLB01091)
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HPLB01101E) 
BA projekt (fagelementkode HPLB01111E) 

BA 2010-ordning Russisk:
Fordybelsesemne (fagelementkode HRUB01091E)
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HRUB01101E)
BA projekt (fagelementkode HRUB01111E)

BA tilvalg 2007-ordning:
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HØEB10031E)

KA 2008 Russisk:
Fagteori (fagelementkode HRUK03311E)
Formidling (fagelementkode HRUK03391E)
Hovedemner (fagelementkode HRUK03361E)
Valgfag (fagelementkode HRUK03371E)
KA 2008 Østeuropastudier:
Særligt studeret emne I (fagelementkode HØEK03211E
Særligt studeret emne II (fagelementkode HØEK03231E)
Emne B (fagelementkode HØEK03241E)
Hovedemne (fagelementkode HØEK03251E)
Valgfag (fagelementkode HØEK03261E)
Formidling (fagelementkode HØEK03281E) 

KA 2009 Tværkulturelle Studier:
Regional specialisering (fagelementkode HTÆK03021E)
Regional specialisering med sprog (fagelementkode HTÆK03041E)
Aktuel tematisk problemstilling (fagelementkode HTÆK03051E)




Students will be required to read a collection of book chapters and articles. These will be made available in a reader

The course builds on discussion and thus heavy student participation and involvement, including optional intelligence briefs on Russian foreign policy issues.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Practical exercises
  • 14
  • Preparation
  • 355,5
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment