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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Post Soviet Politics
Module Code LG232
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Alex Baturo
Semester 2: Nikita Khokhlov
Autumn: Alex Baturo
Module TeachersAlex Baturo
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Research assignment chosen from a list of at least 12 topics.

This course offers an informed and accessible overview to post-soviet government and politics, providing a solid understanding of both the domestic and foreign politics of post-communist states.

Learning Outcomes

1. • recognise the major themes, debates, developments, and structures within the former USSR with a particular emphasis on Russia
2. • appraise the re-emergence of Russia as a major power
3. • Examine the current rivalry between Russia and the United States for influence in the post-Soviet space
4. • analyse a variety of post-soviet state case studies including both small and regional powers in post-Soviet Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
5. • access the causes and consequences of conflict in the post-soviet space
6. • determine the myriad of challenges faced by post-communist sphere in the political, cultural, social and economic spheres.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Soviet Legacy: The USSR and the Cold War

Russia – domestic politics

Russia – foreign policy



Central Asia

Unrecognised States

Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space

Nation and state building in the former USSR

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentResearch assignment of 4000-5000 words chosen by the student from a list of at least 12 topics.100%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Donnacha Ó Beacháin and Abel Polese: 2010, The Colour Revolutions in the Former Soviet Republics: Successes and Failures, First, Routledge,
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Date of Last Revision02-JUN-10

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