EURR 2002 V - Europe and Russia in the World

The position of Europe, the European Union, and the Russian Federation in a global context, including geopolitical, economic, security, and human dimensions. Prerequisite(s): second year standing.

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the position of Europe, the European Union, and the Russian Federation in international affairs. The temporal focus is on the period following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.

CRN for section V: 15250

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 15253

In-class lecture time & location:
Fridays, 1:35pm to 2:25pm, 404 SA

Instructor: Crina Viju

Crina Viju

About the instructor: I teach a number of courses related to Europe and Russia, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, however EURR 2002, Europe and Russia in the World, is one of my favourites. First, one of my colleagues, Prof. DeBardeleben, and I developed EURR 2002, together with EURR 2001, Current Issues in European Politics and Society. They include topics that are related to our research interests and are, from our perspectives, most important in defining the debates in the academic literature related to the region. Second, the topics covered are highly relevant given the increasing and changing role of the European Union and Russia in the world. An understanding of the types of actors they are, how their actions can influence the rest of the world, and the examples they can offer is important to all of us that are interested in politics and economics. Lastly, the European Union and Russia have been frequently present in the Canadian media for the past 5-6 years, and, thus, it is a very rewarding experience for me to guide young minds into trying to explain the actions/reactions of these two actors. Discussions and debates on current events push students to think outside the box, offer constructive criticism and get familiar with perspectives from different disciplines.

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