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Teacher: Dr Anais MARIN, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw

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 completing this course should acquire the background (historical) knowledge, conceptual keys and factual data needed for analysing a variety of issues relating to the geopolitical situation of post-Soviet Belarus within the wider European-Eurasian rim. They will learn about the SWOT factors, both domestic (political, societal, economic) and external (relations with Russia, the EU, the US and key neighbours) that affect the country’s possible trajectories as an actor and object of IR.

Course outline:
Unit 1. INTRODUCTION. 1.1 Presentations. 1.2 The foreign policy of small states in IR 1.3 Introducing Belarus. 1.4 Belarus: neither Europe nor Russia?
Unit 2. BACKGROUND. 2.1 Conflicting historiographies I: Belarus in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania 2.2 European references in the nationalist opposition’s discourses 2.3 Contemporary identity debates 2.4 Iconography of Belarus’s “European” past.
Unit 3. BACKGROUND (ctd). 3.1 Conflicting historiographies II: Belarus in the Russian-Soviet historical realm 3.2 Official narratives on Belarusian identity and foreign policy 3.3 Lukashenka’s regime as a neo-Soviet project 3.4 The language issue
Unit 4. DILEMMAS. 4.1 The myth of a multi-vector policy 4.2 Independent Belarus in the post-Soviet realm: integration vs. sovereignty 4.3 Lukashenka’s (self-)isolation from the West 4.4 Foreign trade patterns
Unit 5. INTEGRATION. 5.1 The Russian/Eastern vector 5.2 Belarus as a security shield for the Union State 5.3 Belarus as a pillar for Eurasian reintegration 5.4 Geopolitical blackmail as a regime-survival tool
Unit 6. ASSOCIATION? 6.1 "Returning" to the West? 6.2 Failing the democratic conditionality test 6.4 Belarus in the Eastern Partnership 6.4 Belarusians’ worldviews
Unit 7. OPTIONS. 7.1 Is Lukashenka’s dictaplomacy sustainable? 7.2 Breaking the deadlock: alternative partnerships (China)
Unit 8. PROSPECTS 8.1 Between East and West: latest trends 8.2 Possible trajectories

Completion:
Eight web lectures, weekly assignments, reading, final essay

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). A new topic is introduced each Thursday in Moodle with notes from the lecturer, reading, and written assignments, starting from 1st November until 20th December.

Course can be also accepted as:
• ALKU-E319, 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 units (for example ALKU-E319, 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 - 1.11.2018 klo 23:59
Moodle
Kirjaudu sisään nähdäksesi Moodlen kurssiavaimen.

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.