Post Soviet Russia: Renegotiating Global, National and Local Identities CEES4011

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

In 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union a 'new' Russia emerged. However, it was a Russia that was situated within a wider context of growing global inter-dependency and exchange, regional de-colonisation and nation building, and internal economic, social, political and cultural upheaval and crisis. The aim of this module is to explore the idea of Russia almost two decades on from 1991: as a 'state' and 'nation' which has gone through, and is still engaged in, the process of re-negotiating its identity at the global, national, regional, and local levels. The course examines internal and external issues of relevance in the contemporary period (including Russia's relations with the West and the countries of the former Soviet Union, particularly Central Asia; internal and external migration; the role and identity of Russian Diaspora communities, the role of religion and Islam; the existence and nature of ethnic conflict), and explores how in these different spheres identities are being re-shaped both at the level of the Russian state and the level of the Russian people. The module adopts an approach that combines utilisation of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks (nationalism, ethnicity, globalisation, post-colonialism) with analysis of more grounded empirical perspectives. The module makes reference to Russia's historical (imperial) past (which is covered during a first semester module: Constructing Identities in Soviet Russia: Local, National and Global Perspectives).

Timetable

One 2 hour class per week

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the CEES Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory entry requirements
Entry to CEES Honours normally requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over CEES 2A and CEES 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

The summative assessment for the course will consist of a research project of 4,500 words (80%) (including the required use of primary sources) and an individual oral presentation related to the project work (20%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

In 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union a 'new' Russia emerged. However, it was a Russia that was situated within a wider context of growing global inter-dependency and exchange, regional de-colonisation and nation building, and internal economic, social, political and cultural upheaval and crisis. The aim of this module is to explore the idea of Russia almost two decades on from 1991: as a 'state' and 'nation' which has gone through, and is still engaged in, the process of re-negotiating its identity at the global, national, regional, and local levels. The course examines internal and external issues of relevance in the contemporary period (including Russia's relations with the West and the countries of the former Soviet Union, particularly Central Asia; internal and external migration; the role and identity of Russian Diaspora communities, the role of religion and Islam; the existence and nature of ethnic conflict), and explores how in these different spheres identities are being re-shaped both at the level of the Russian state and the level of the Russian people. The module adopts an approach that combines utilisation of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks (nationalism, ethnicity, globalisation, post-colonialism) with analysis of more grounded empirical perspectives. The module makes reference to Russia's historical (imperial) past (which is covered during a first semester module: Constructing Identities in Soviet Russia: Local, National and Global Perspectives).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

■ demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the contemporary nature of the Russian state and nation at the global, national, regional and local levels;

■ assess the significance of the past to the development of contemporary Russian identity at an individual, regional, national and global level;

■ distinguish the commonalities and differences in Russia's experience of issues of contemporary global significance;

■ critically apply relevant theoretical frameworks and conceptual models to deepen understanding of the development of contemporary Russian identity;

■ explain the importance of place, and temporal and spatial positioning, for understanding contemporary Russia and Russian identity;

■ present knowledge acquired during the course in the form of coherent written and oral expression.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None.