Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3285: Russia in Global Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor David Lewis (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In a changing global order, the role of Russia has become central to understanding global politics. This module is a research-led exploration of the role of Russia in the international system and its relationship with the outside world.  The module begins with an historical overview, exploring how Russia emerged as a major European and global power. It then explores key aspects of contemporary Russian foreign policy, including the impact of its domestic political system and ideology on global politics. It explores the role of Russia in its neighbourhood, its relationship with the West and its re-emergence as an influential actor in the Middle East and other regions. Students will examine detailed case-studies of Russian foreign policy to understand the drivers and instruments of Russian foreign policy in specific cases. The module locates contemporary Russian foreign policy within the wider context of major changes in global politics and the international system in the 21st century.

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