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Teacher: Dr Luca Anceschi, Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Studies, University of Glasgow

The course is open for all University of Helsinki degree and exchange students.

NB 1: Teaching programme might be subject to changes and additions, so please check course-specific information before the start of the course.
NB 2: Registration is binding. In case you cannot participate, please cancel your participation in WebOodi. After end of registration time, contact the planning officer (see contact information below) for cancellation.

Course outline: Students will be presented with an advanced introduction to the politics and the international relations of post-Soviet Central Asia, intended here as the ensemble of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The lectures will look at first into the politico-economic transition experienced by the Central Asian states in the late perestroika years and, more importantly, the 1990s. Our attention will then shift onto a series of issues (energy, Islam, authoritarianism) that have defined most decisively the politico-economic development of the five republics throughout the post-independence years. The final segment of the course will then look at how the Central Asian states have related with the international community - and with Russia and the People’s Republic of China in particular - in the years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Completion: 16 h lectures, reading, essay
NB: There is more reading per lecture than on regular courses.

Background reading:
You can take a look at the following books in case you are not familiar with the course topic:
•Allworth, Edward, Central Asia : 130 Years of Russian dominance, a historical overview, Duke University Press 1994. 3. ed.
•Cummings, Sally N., Understanding Central Asia: Politics and Contested Transformations, Routledge 2012.
NB: There is one paperback copy of each book available at the University of Helsinki Library ( Please also note that this is not obligatory course reading. Obligatory reading will be available at the course Moodle site.

Realisation and working methods: Reading and other eventual material will be posted to Moodle. Ukrainian Studies Planning Officer will send instructions how to log in for those who have registered to the course. NB: Moodle instructions will be sent to your University of Helsinki email address (

Course can be also accepted as:
• ENS-317, ExpREES optional studies
• In case you wish to transfer the credit to some other study unit please contact the teacher responsible for the study unit / module or BA/MA programme
• This course is part of Bachelor's Programme in Languages, but it can also be accepted as master level study units (for example ENS-317 and ExpREES optional studies)

Other information: This course is organized by the Ukrainian Studies module (KIK-UK100, 30 ECTS) that is carried out in cooperation with Bachelor's Programme in Languages and the Aleksanteri Institute.

Contact person: Ukrainian Studies Planning Officer minna.oroza at

Ukrainian Studies:


1) Look up the course in WebOodi by copy pasting the course code (KUKA-IK, ALKU-IK, KIK-UK etc) to WebOobi search field (upper right corner) and check if you can sign up.

2) I you get an error message, please take a screen shot and send it to planning officer (see contact info above). In case you don’t get a screen shot, please send an email anyway.

12.9.2018 at 09:00 - 1.11.2018 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 5.11.2018
10:00 - 12:00
Tue 6.11.2018
10:00 - 12:00
Wed 7.11.2018
12:00 - 14:00
Fri 9.11.2018
12:00 - 14:00
Mon 12.11.2018
10:00 - 12:00
Tue 13.11.2018
10:00 - 12:00
Wed 14.11.2018
12:00 - 14:00
Thu 15.11.2018
12:00 - 14:00


Opintojaksosta vastaa kielten kandiohjelma.

Opintojakso on pakollinen Ukraina-opintokokonaisuutta suorittaville. Opintojakso on avoin muiden ohjelmien opiskelijoille

Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija tuntee ja osaa arvioida Ukrainan geopoliittisen aseman ja identiteettien muutoksia sekä maan suhteita naapurivaltioihin ja kansainvälisiin organisaatioihin.

Järjestetään lukuvuosittain.

Opintojaksossa tarkastellaan Ukrainan suhdetta sen naapurivaltoihin, ennen kaikkea Venäjään ja Euroopan unioniin. Erityisesti analysoidaan suhteissa tapahtuneita muutoksia sekä muutosten taustalla olevia poliittisia ja kulttuurisia vaikuttimia.

Opetusmenetelmät ja aktiviteetit määräytyvät kurssikohtaisesti. Palaute kerätään systemaattisesti.

Opintojakso arvostellaan asteikolla 0-5. Opintojakson arvosana määräytyy suoritustavan (esim. luentokurssi) mukaisesti määriteltyjen tehtävien, aktiivisuuden ja muiden suoritusvaatimusten perusteella. Arviointimenetelmät ovat kiinteässä yhteydessä osaamistavoitteisiin ja opintojakson opetusmenetelmiin.

Opintojaksoon soveltuva luentokurssi, johon sisältyy kirjallisuutta ja kurssin mukaan sovellettuja tehtäviä. Vaihtoehtoisena suoritustapana kirjallisuuskuulustelu.