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Economics: Russia and Eurasia


Admission requirements

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

Limited places are also open for exchange students. Please note: this course takes place in The Hague.


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. Among the issues that we will discuss are the Soviet legacy, economic reform, energy (natural gas and oil), state-business relations, corruption, informal economy, and regional economic integration.

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 insights to the context of the Eurasian region. Students develop research and presentation skills in the tutorial.


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.

Course Load

Total course load for the course 5 EC x 28 hours is 140 hours, broken down by

  • attending lectures: 24 hours;

  • attending tutorials: 8 hours;

  • tutorial assignments: 34 hours;

  • preparation for lectures: 48 hours;

  • preparation for exams: 26 hours.

Assessment method

  • Tutorials 30%

  • Midterm Exam 30%

  • Final Exam 40%

If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier mid- and endterm grades. No resit for the tutorials is possible.

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Selected articles and book chapters


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. M. Bader, email