Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3260: Russian Foreign Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • Introduction to the history of Russian and Soviet foreign policy
  • Different theoretical approaches to Russian foreign policy
  • Drivers of Russian foreign policy
  • Key actors in Russian foreign policy
  • Russia and the West
  • Sino-Russian relations, and Russia’s role in Asia
  • Russia’s resurgent role in the Middle East
  • Russia in Africa and Latin America
  • Russian views of world order

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity2211 x 2-hour seminars
Guided independent study50Private study – reading and preparing for seminars
Guided independent study78Preparation for essay and report-writing including researching and collating relevant sources; planning the structure and argument; writing up the essay and report

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).