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Economics Russia and Eurasia


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


The picture of the economies of the Eurasian (post-Soviet) region is diverse: often high levels of corruption, strong dependence on natural resources, and a lack of reform, but also high growth rates and increasing integration into the world economy. While the economies of the region have developed very differently, a joint Soviet legacy is still visible in many places. This course looks at the current state of the economies of the region from a comparative perspective, as well as at economic processes in recent decades across the region. Considering the size and significance of the Russian economy, the course will study the Russian case especially intensively. Among the issues that we will discuss are the Soviet legacy, economic reform, energy (natural gas and oil), state-business relations, corruption, and external economic relations.

Course objectives

Students gain insight into the main issues regarding the economies of Russia and the other Eurasian states. They are trained to apply economic theories and notions to the context of the Eurasian region. Students also develop research skills through a number of written assignments.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Lecture and tutorials

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method

Mid-term exam (30%); end-term exam (40%); tutorial (30%).

There are no resits for the tutorials, there is a resit for the exam.


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

A selection of articles, book chapters, reports, etc.


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.