Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3260: Russian Foreign Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Kevork Oskanian ()





Available via distance learning


The resurgence of Russia as a major actor in international relations represents one of the most significant challenges both for students of International Relations and for policy-makers. However, Russian foreign policy is still poorly understood in the West - analysis often descends into polemics about the role of Russia in international affairs and in domestic politics in the West. This module will introduce you to a more informed, research-led debate on the current state of Russian foreign policy behaviour globally.

The module will explore the most significant drivers of Russian foreign policy behaviour, and explore the complexities of Russian foreign policy decision-making. The module will explore the expansion of Russian influence as a global actor beyond its immediate Eurasian neighbourhood, into the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and in East Asia, particularly Russia’s relationship with China. The module will also address Russia’s more recent re-engagement with Africa and Latin America.

Alongside study of the latest research and analysis of current developments, the module will also contribute to your professional development, through a focus on practical analytical and writing skills. 

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