Anna-Liisa Heusala 2017

Global processes and flows in russia

This course introduces the students to selected global transnational phenomena that define Russia in the global context.

This course introduces the students to selected global transnational processes and flows that define Russia in the global context. Students learn about major theories, approaches and their origins with regard to transnational processes and flows, such as migration, cultural, environmental and technological changes. This course focuses on “what?” questions, i.e. what global transnational flows and mobilities of information, people, resources, environmental externalities and technologies are defining Russia’s position vis-á-vis global material and immaterial realities.

Learning outcomes

In the first part of the course, the student acquires an understanding of global migratory trends and challenges and Russia´s role and position in these processes. The student gains an understanding of how Russia´s key societal sectors are influenced by the global migratory flows. The student gains skills and knowledge to analyse and situate Russia´s migration regime in a global context. In the second part, the student acquires an understanding of cultural, technological and environmental processes, which affect Russia´s development and gains knowledge to situate and analyze Russia in a global context vis-à-vis these processes and flows.

Enrol
9.10.2018 at 09:00 - 22.11.2018 at 23:59

Timetable

Part I Global migration and Russia

1. Lecture: Introduction to global migration: trends, challenges and implications for societal transformation (A-L Heusala, R. Urinboyev), 21.11.2018, 14:15-15:45, Fabianinkatu 24, Lecture hall 532

2. Lecture: Central Asian Labour Migration to Russia (A-L Heusala, R. Urinboyev), 23.11.2018, 10:15-11:45, Fabianinkatu 24, Lecture hall 532

3. Lecture: Impact of migration on societal transformation in Russia (A-L Heusala, R. Urinboyev, K. Aitamurto), 28.11.2018, 14:15-15:45, Fabianinkatu 24, Lecture hall 531

Part II Global technological and resource flows in Russia

1. Lecture: Cultural industries – Russian film production between local and global (Birgit Beumers), 30.11.2018, 10:15 - 11:45, Fabianinkatu 24, Lecture hall 532

2. Lecture: Russia's role in global resource and energy flows (V-P Tynkkynen), 5.12.2018, 14:15 - 15:45, Fabianinkatu 24, Lecture hall 531

3. Lecture: E-government and e-governance in Russia: Managing data flows (D. Gritsenko), 7.12.2018, 10:15 - 11:45, Fabianinkatu 24, Lecture hall 531

4. Seminar: Students´ research papers (A-L Heusala, R. Urinboyev, K. Aitamurto), 12.12.2018, 09:15 - 11:45, Fabianinkatu 24, Lecture hall 531

DateTimeLocation
Wed 21.11.2018
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 23.11.2018
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 28.11.2018
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 30.11.2018
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 5.12.2018
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 7.12.2018
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 12.12.2018
09:15 - 11:45

Conduct of the course

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.

Assessment :

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.

Description

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 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.