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OEUR 2885 - Europe and Russia

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course aims to sharpen your understanding of political and geostrategic interests driving the EU-Russia relations. We will achieve this goal through weekly reading assignments, in-class discussions, oral presentations, case studies and two writing exercises. The course will proceed in two parts. Part I, Introduction into the past and present of the EU-Russia relations, will start with looking at the historical and cultural ties between Europe and Russia and the modern history of their relationship since the fall of the Soviet Union. It will continue with an overview of the Russian government system by comparing it to those of Germany, France, Great Britain and the US. We will analyze the causes of the modern Russia's antagonism toward “the West” from the economic perspective and come to understand the macroeconomic fundamentals of the Russian Federation. Part I will conclude with one class on comparative EU-Russia approach to the common neighborhood, or the former Soviet Republics, and another focusing on the current Russia-Ukraine crisis and its impact on Russia's relationship with the EU and the US. Building upon the Part I basics of the international relations between Europe and Russia, Part II, will analyze their relationship through the angle of the energy sector, from the micro-economic perspective. Through oral briefings and in-class case study exercises, we will develop an understanding about the role of business in international affairs, as well as that of foreign policy in business development. We will decompose the EU-Russia relations by looking at 4 energy markets: gas, oil, electricity and nuclear. The last class will be a simulation of international negotiations of cross-sector energy contracts, which will test the students' understanding of the material covered in class and in the readings. By the end of the course, you will have learned what drives the EU-Russia relations, as well as the practical skills of presenting your ideas in a structured and well-argued way in spoken and written English.


SHAPOCHKINA, Anastasiya (Engineer - Researcher, EDF R&D)

Pedagogical format

This class is a seminar. It means that you are expected to read the assigned articles on the topic and come prepared to discuss them in class. The average reading volume is 50 pages per session. Specific, detailed questions about the readings will be asked in class. Every student will be evaluated in every class on his understanding of the reading, the topic, and his/her ability to discuss it. The cumulative evaluation will account for 30% of the final grade.

Course validation

1 business strategy paper: 30% of the grade ; 1 business strategy memo: 20% of the grade ; Class participation/reading discussion and debate: 25% of the grade ; In-class presentation: 13% of the grade ; Last class negotiations simulation: 12% of the grade.

Required reading

Ben Judah, Jana Kobzova, Nicu Popescu, “Dealing with a post-BRIC Russia”, 30 Nov 2011