This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
Limited places are also open for exchange students.
Please note: this course takes place in The Hague. Traveling between University buildings from Leiden to The Hague may take about 45 minutes.
This course aims to acquaint students with the economic realities of Russia in the twenty-first century and, for those who are already knowledgeable, to help them dive deeper. The principal action focus is contemporary, i.e., on the Russian Federation’s hybrid system (i.e. a statist capitalism) as it has evolved since Putin came to power in 2000. In addition, historical background is provided as needed, and other contextual variables are also examined. Nuanced cross-national comparisons will be integral to the course. Throughout the course, we will ask to what extent today’s Russia is distinctive and to what extent is it merely representative of mainstream global realities. Special attention will be paid to the political economy of Russia and to topics at the intersection between state, society, and economy – such as the reform, privatization and the virtual economy of the 1990s; the reconstitution of a statist economic policy and the role of oligarchs in Russian state capitalism; the role of resource (oil and gas) rents in Russian economy; and the informality in the Russian economy as a whole.
Acquired an overview of the historical and contemporary economic developments and political economy dynamics in their chosen area and deepened their existing knowledge and understanding of different economic systems, economic institutions, economic processes and actors in the different regions / countries of the region, using the concepts acquired during the courses Principles of Economics and Foundations of Political Economy.
Been acquainted with academic debates on selected topics in the specific region.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Lectures are held every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Weekly lectures will cover issues both inside and outside the readings.
Tutorials are held once every three weeks, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance. Being absent at more than one of the tutorial sessions will result in a lowering of your tutorial grade (30% of the end grade) with 1 point for each session missed after the first session. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.
Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 140 hours, broken down by:
|Attending lectures||24 hours|
|Attending tutorials||8 hours|
|Assessment hours (exams)||4 hours|
|Study of compulsory literature||64 hours|
|Completing assignments, preparing for classes and exams||40 hours|
Written examination with two open (essay) questions and (up to) 50% multiple choice questions.
Written examination with three short, one medium-length, and two long (essay) questions.
To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:
The end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of Tutorial grade, Midterm Exam grade, and Final Exam grade.
The weighted average of the Midterm Exam grade and the Final Exam grade needs to be 5.5 or higher.
This means that failing Exam grades cannot be compensated with a high Tutorial grade.
If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), or the weighted average of Midterm- and Final Exams is lower than 5.5, there is a possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier Midterm- and Final Exam grades. No resit for the tutorial is possible.
Please note that if the Resit Exam grade is lower than 5.5, you will not pass the course, regardless of the tutorial grade.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2019 – 2020.
Exam review and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.
A syllabus containing the reading list will be made available on Blackboard before the start of the course.
Extensive readings will be drawn from Timothy J. Colton’s, Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know, Marshall T. Poe’s, The Russian Moment in World History, and Neil Robinson’s edited volume The Political Economy of Russia during the course. Purchase of these three books is optional. They are either available at the LU library reserve or as e-books on the course’s Dropbox. All other readings are available electronically through the course blackboard/Dropbox site and Leiden University Library E-reserves.
Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials and Lectures is mandatory.
Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.
This course has no formal prerequisites, but some background in economics (especially international political economy) and some prior study of post-soviet region is highly desirable.