Activities and teaching methods:
The course includes lectures, as well as individual and group work. A student can miss one classroom meeting. The seminar meeting is obligatory.
Students are required to read additional materials before each lecture. Each classroom meeting includes discussion.
The students create a research paper on a topic of their choice (selected from a list of topics provided by the teachers) with the help of the materials of the course.
The assessment is based on written individual and group assignments/papers on specific topics and critical reflection on the course literature.
The grading scale of the course is 0-5. The highest grade is 5 and the lowest passing grade is 1.
Compulsory for students in Russian Studies Master´s programme. Offered as optional for all students of the University of Helsinki.
Orientation to Russian Studies and Methods and Theories for students in Russian Studies Master´s programme.
Student identifies global transnational flows that defines Russia in global context. Russia’s pivotal role in some of the natural resource flows, such as oil and gas, is globally contextualized but also the role of Russia as an ecological space affecting global biodiversity and climate. Student recognizes the major theories/approaches and their origins on social mobilization, social movements and civil societies. Student is able to define the key concepts and illustrate how those are typically applied in the civil society/movement literature. Student identifies the issues that tend to mobilize people globally and transnationally and give examples of the ideas/ideologies that travel globally. Student is able to demonstrate the application of some global ideas in the Russian context.
First year/period I or II.
This course focuses on “what?” questions, i.e. what global transnational flows and mobilities (of information, people, resources, environmental externalities) are defining Russia’s position vis-á-vis global material and immaterial realities.
List of required literature can be given in advance. Literature and other materials can be delivered in the course.
The course will be based on lectures and/or group work. The group work can be organised on the basis of problem-based learning.
The assessment of the course is based on participation and/or producing essay(s) and/or learning diary and/or group works. The grading of the course is 0-5.
Contact teaching. Compulsory attendance during the entire course.