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210165 SE BAK10 Internationale Politik und Entwicklung (2020S)

Ukraine and Russia from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the war in Donbas (engl.)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
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max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 06.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Freitag 20.03. 09:45 - 14:45 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Freitag 03.04. 09:45 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Samstag 16.05. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum 1 (S1), NIG 2. Stock
Freitag 22.05. 09:45 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The annexation of Crimea in 2014 has shaken the security architecture of post-Cold War Europe and led to a serious crisis in Russia’s relations with the West. The ongoing military conflict in Donbas already took more than ten thousand lives; it undermines the reform process in Ukraine and threatens the safety and well-being of the millions of people. How could it happen that two neighboring countries with deep historical and cultural ties and solid legal foundations for bilateral relations have found themselves in such a profound conflict?

The course focuses on the sources of the current Ukrainian-Russian conflict from the historical perspective of the three post-Soviet decades. It explores different aspects of the Ukrainian-Russian relations, from security, economic cooperation and regional integration to historical memory and nation building. Among topics addressed are the asymmetrical nature of the Ukrainian-Russian relations, the causes of the Orange Revolution (2004) and of the Euromaidan (2013-14) and Russia’s responses to both events, the dynamic of the political crisis in Ukraine, Russia’s hybrid aggression, the internationalization of the conflict as well as well as its consequences for domestic politics in post-Maidan Ukraine and “post-Crimean” Russia. Perspectives of settling the conflict in Donbas and of a Ukrainian-Russian reconciliation, as well as prospects of Russia’s relations with the EU will also be addressed. Students will be confronted with different perspectives on the conflict and will learn to identify the interests, positions and arguments of the involved sides. The course will contribute to a better understanding of the political dynamics in the post-Soviet space and deepen the students’ knowledge about conflicts and conflict resolution.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Each session will include a short introduction to the topic but build primarily on the discussions of the assigned readings in small groups and in class. Students are required to have completed the readings before class and to actively participate in class discussions.

Grades will be assigned according to the following breakdown:
- active participation in class - 10%
- 3 written assignments à 1000 words each over the course of the semester - 20% each
- class presentation (with power point) exploring a specific question related to the theme of the seminar - 30%

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

To pass the course all the assignments should be successfully completed. Not more than one session (1,5 h) can be missed. Last class (22.05.20) is reserved for individual presentations.


Readings and seminar discussions.


Selected readings (full list will be announced on Moodle):

D’Anieri, Paul, Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War, Cambridge University press 2019.

Yekelchyk, Serhy, The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford University Press 2015.

Wilson, Andrew, Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West, Yale University Press 2014.

Zhurzhenko, Tatiana, Borderlands into Bordered Lands: Geopolitics of identity in post-Soviet Ukraine, Stuttgart: Ibidem 2010.

Götz, Elias, “Russia, the West, and the Ukraine crisis: three contending perspectives”, in: Contemporary Politics 22:3 (2016), pp. 249-266.

Dragneva, Rilka and Kataryna Wolczuk, “Between Dependence and Integration: Ukraine’s Relations With Russia”, in: Europe-Asia Studies, 68:4 (2016), 678-698.

Tsygankov, Andrei, “Vladimir Putin's last stand: the sources of Russia's Ukraine policy”, in: Post-Soviet Affairs, 31:4 (2015), 279-303.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21