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210090 SE BAK15: East European Studies (2019S)

Russia and the European Far Right

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 07.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 14.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 21.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 28.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 04.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 11.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 02.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 09.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 16.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 23.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 06.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 13.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Thursday 27.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Relations between various Russian actors and European far-right ideologues, movements, organisations and parties are a complex and multi-layered phenomenon. Each side of this relationship is driven by evolving and, at times, circumstantial political and pragmatic considerations that involve, on the one hand, the need to attain or restore declining or deficient domestic or international legitimacy and, on the other hand, the ambition to reshape the apparently hostile domestic or international environments in accordance with one’s own interests.
This course will explore the relations between Russian actors and the European far right in detail. It will start with an overview of the history of these relations looking at pro-Russian and pro-Soviet elements within the European far-right milieu in the period before the collapse of the Soviet system, as well as discussing the Soviet Union’s attempts to exploit these elements for its own political gains. The larger part of the course will focus on the contemporary period. Seminars, in particular, will examine the changes that took place in Russia that allowed it to claim political legitimacy from European illiberal political forces and to position Russia as a “beacon of hope” of the far right’s fight against liberal democracy; investigate networks of European far-right activists and politicians involved in the politically biased electoral observation aimed at promoting Russian foreign policy interests; study the cooperation between Russian state-funded media and the European far right; and analyse many other areas of cooperation between these actors.

Assessment and permitted materials

Weekly readings, class presentations and discussions, seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Each seminar will include a short introduction to the topic but build primarily on discussions of the assigned readings. 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:
- class attendance and contribution to class discussion 15%
- class presentation 15%. Each student will present a text from the reading list for a class discussion (10 min presentation plus one page handout)
- final seminar paper (10-12 pages) on the topic chosen by student 70 %
To pass the course, the assignments should be successfully completed. Not more than two sessions can be missed.

Examination topics

Readings and seminar discussions.

Reading list

Will be announced on moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:38