Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3285: Russia in Global Politics

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

Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with a detailed understanding of the historical context and contemporary drivers of Russian foreign policy. It will provide you with a good command of the latest research on Russian foreign policy, including in-depth study of Russia’s involvement in different regions of the world. You will become familiar with the latest research and analysis of Russian foreign policy, and will be able to use your knowledge to engage in an informed debate about current trends in Russian foreign policy and Western responses to Russian policy. Your assessment for this module will encourage analytical thinking and help develop skills in writing analytical papers for a non-academic audience. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the history of Russian foreign policy
2. Explain the significance of contemporary Russian foreign policy for other international actors, including the UK.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate understanding of the role of Russia within wider shifts and trends in international affairs
4. Analyse different patterns of foreign policy behaviour and trends in international politics through evidence-based research.
5. Explain different worldviews and theories of international relations from your own.
Personal and Key Skills6. Engage in respectful conversation with others with different viewpoints
7. Present your own views on a topic with support from arguments and evidence
8. Study independently and manage time and assessment deadlines effectively.
9. Communicate effectively in speech and writing, including to a non-academic audience.
10. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills through tutorial discussions and module assessments.