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Teacher: Dr Marco Siddi, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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 objective:
Students are expected to gain an understanding of the post-Ukraine crisis political dynamics in relations between the EU, Russia and the shared neighbourhood. They will also learn to apply International Relations theory and concepts to elucidate the events under analysis. Moreover, students are expected to gain a deeper knowledge of the policy fields selected for closer investigation: security, energy relations and other sectoral cooperation, the politics of memory.

Course outline:
The course focuses on relations between the EU, Russia and their shared neighbourhood in the post-Ukraine crisis context. It combines theoretical approaches with an empirical and policy focus. Particular attention is devoted to regional integration and case studies in selected policy areas (security, energy and memory politics).
1. Introduction: the EU-Russia-shared neighbourhood triangle; introductory remarks on EU-Russia relations, projects of regional integration, run-up to the Ukraine crisis
2. Theoretical and conceptual approaches to understanding relations in the ‘triangle’: geopolitical realism, regional integration theory, social constructivism
3. The EU’s and Russia’s regional integration policies and the perspectives of neighbouring countries: Eastern Partnership and European Neighbourhood Policy and Eurasian Union
4. The security dimension: from the post-Soviet frozen conflicts, to the Ukraine and Syrian crises
5. Energy relations in the ‘triangle’ and case studies of sectoral cooperation (in the Baltic region, Black Sea and Arctic)
6. The Balkans after the Ukraine crisis: a new locus of competition between Russia and the EU?
7. The ‘memory battleground’: case studies of current memory politics in Russia, Ukraine and Poland, and implications for inter-state relations

Completion:
• 3 ECTS: Lectures 14 h, reading, short essay
• 5 ECTS: Lectures 14 h, reading, long essay

Background reading:
You can take a look at the following book in case you are not familiar with the course topic:

Tuomas Forsberg and Hiski Haukkala (2016) The European Union and Russia, London, New York, NY: Palgrave (one book available in Helsinki University Library)

Haukkala, Hiski (2016) A Perfect Storm; Or What Went Wrong and What Went Right for the EU in Ukraine. Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 68, issue 4.

Neumann, Iver B. (1999) Uses of the other: "The East" in European identity formation, chapter 3, Minneapolis: Manchester: University of Minnesota Press; Manchester University Press (available as book and electronic book in in Helsinki University Library)

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 (Helsinki.fi).

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 in can also be accepted as master level study unit (for example to 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 helsinki.fi

Ukrainian Studies: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/aleksanteri-institute/ukrainian-studies

NB: IN CASE REGISTRATION IN WEBOODI DOES NOT SUCCEED, PLEASE TRY THE FOLLOWING:

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.

Ilmoittaudu
12.9.2018 klo 09:00 - 6.11.2018 klo 23:59
Moodle
Kirjaudu sisään nähdäksesi Moodlen kurssiavaimen.

Aikataulu

Tästä osiosta löydät kurssin opetusaikataulun. Tarkista mahdolliset muut aikataulut kuvauksesta.

PäivämääräAikaOpetuspaikka
To 1.11.2018
16:15 - 17:45
To 8.11.2018
16:15 - 17:45
To 15.11.2018
16:15 - 17:45
To 22.11.2018
16:15 - 17:45
To 29.11.2018
16:15 - 17:45
Ke 5.12.2018
16:15 - 17:45
To 13.12.2018
16:15 - 17:45

Kuvaus

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.