Course Catalog

Central Asia States: Making, Breaking and Remaking

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021
Credits:
6
This course examines international, regional and domestic cross-roads for five Former Soviet Union countries of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. Using some references to history we will analyze a contemporary situation in these countries and study the dilemmas of peace and conflict, resource politics and regional power balance.

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Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasia

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021
Credits:
3
The course will analyze and conceptualize sources of international and intra-state conflict and cooperation in and around post-Soviet Eurasia, including the most recent controversy around Ukraine. Its key topics will include U.S.-Russia, EU-Russia, and China-Russia competition and mutual accommodation, strategies of conflict mediation in Eurasia as well as the Eurasian dimension of global arms control.

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Economics for Energy Markets

Professor:
Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2022
Credits:
6
To understand the world of modern energy and its influence on societies, environment, economic development, and political actions, one has to understand main economic concepts and their application to energy markets. To equip students with such understanding is the main aim of this course.

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Empire and Nationalism in Russia and the Soviet Union

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021
Credits:
6
The course will address the mechanisms of imperial growth and patterns of imperial rule, with a special focus on managing cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. We shall discuss mechanisms of transfer from indirect to direct rule and vice versa, mechanisms of nationalization of imperial politics, strategies of acculturation, assimilation and building national identities. Special attention will be paid to the Western borderlands of the Empire.

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Energy Policy and Indigenous Population of the Russian Arctic

Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Spring 2022
Credits:
3
The course introduces students to current social situation in the Russian Arctic and to complex relations between today’s Arctic indigenous (and other) population and the oil and gas companies working in the region. The course is aimed at Russian and international students and young professionals who are interested in the topic and (or) are planning to work in the Arctic or with Arctic issues.

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Energy Security and Russian Politics

Professor:
Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Spring 2022
Credits:
6
Energy constitutes a major lifeline in all societies and one of the most crucial sources of maintaining and developing global life. Access to energy is a necessary element of a state’s security. At the same time, «the energy business» is a very complex topic. In order to understand it, one must deal with a myriad of different issues connected to this topic.

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Energy Security in Asia

Professor:
Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2022
Credits:
6
Energy security, energy diplomacy, and energy geopolitics have become an integral part of international relations and diplomacy. International relations and energy are closely interlinked, and there is a large potential for energy to affect such issues as global political leadership; regional conflict potential; global and regional economic development and economic integration.

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ENERPO Workshop Series

Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021; Spring 2022
Credits:
0
The ENERPO workshop series is a cycle of meetings with prominent experts in the field of Energy Politics and representatives of the energy business in Russia and CIS countries. Following to a one-hour presentation made by the guest lecturer, the ENERPO students have the opportunity to conduct a Q&A session so to delve into the complexity of the subject.

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History and Politics of the South Caucasus

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus
Semester:
Spring 2022
Credits:
6
This series of lectures and seminars will focus on the recent history and politics of the South Caucasus and Iran. The previous has also been known in Russian sources as the Transcaucasia and includes three UN member states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) as well as three unrecognized or partially recognized states (Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh, and South Ossetia).

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IMARES Workshop Series

Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021; Spring 2022
Credits:
0
The IMARES Workshop Series hosts prominent representatives from the fields of academia, business, and politics, who deliver open lectures at the European University at St. Petersburg. Our guest speakers share their knowledge and experience by touching upon a variety of topics related to Russian and Eurasian Studies.

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Introduction to Sustainable Energy

Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2022
Credits:
6
A modern government cannot stay aloof from the problem of energy sustainability. Given the rapid economic development accompanied by acute environmental problems and increased energy demand in many countries, policymakers across the globe are looking for a policy toolbox to reconcile the environmental and economic objectives in the energy domain.

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Political Changes in Post-Soviet Eurasia

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus
Semester:
Spring 2022
Credits:
6
The course is focused on the emergence and development of political systems of post-Soviet countries within the context of regime changes and state-building. Starting with the Soviet system and collapse of the Soviet Union as a point of departure, the course traces making and unmaking of major political institutions in these newly-established states by examining the impact of various legacies of the past and the role of domestic and international political and economic actors.

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Russia and Armed Conflicts in and beyond Eurasia

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus
Semester:
Spring 2022
Credits:
6
The course focuses on the main trends in, and the origins and key implications of, Russia’s policies vis-à-vis armed conflicts in and beyond post-Soviet Eurasia in the 21st century. It covers Russia’s approaches armed conflicts and major campaigns of other forms of organized political violence (terrorism, violent extremism, one-sided violence against civilians) both in Russia itself and in other Eurasian states, as well as in select regions beyond Eurasia (the Middle East and South Asia).

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Russia in the International Relations System

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021
Credits:
6
Language:
English
This course offers a comparative look at the making and implementation of Russian Foreign Policy after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The course offers a combination of two options. We shall begin with an investigation of the sources of Russian conduct and analyze Russia’s foreign policy institutions and priorities.

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Russia-EU Energy Relations

Professor:
Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021
Credits:
6
The course will examine EU-Russian relations in the framework of mutual dependence, taking stock of the debates on the security of supply and demand; on the benefits and drawbacks of liberalization and state-interference in energy; on intricacies of cooperation in energy efficiency and the development of renewable sources of energy; on the advantages and disadvantages of various patterns of interaction between the public and private sectors.

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Russia's Gas Strategy

Professor:
Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Spring 2022
Credits:
6
Russia is one of the key natural gas suppliers in the world. It has a large domestic market, as well as a number of significant export projects – massive pipeline and LNG infrastructure projects connect Russia with downstream markets in both West and East. As natural gas is considered to be an important part of the Energy Transition, there is much that Russian companies have to offer. Yet, they face serious challenges in the key export markets, such as changing market structures, strong competition from other suppliers, sanctions, etc. In order to allow students to analyze how Russian companies could deal with these challenges in the future, the course offers a conceptual introduction to contemporary natural gas markets; introduces key terms and methodologies; and provides the factual background about key target markets.

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Russian Language

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus; ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
Credits:
6
It covers all the basic aspects of the language: pronunciation, grammar, reading, and writing. Classes will focus mainly on everyday conversational language and on developing communication skills. Russian mass media and discussions of hot political and social issues are an important part of the course.

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Russian Political and Social History

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus
Semester:
Spring 2022
Credits:
6
The first part of this course aims at tracing the evolution of forms of political and social organization preceding the emergence of modern Russia. Special attention will be given to changes in political institutions, relations between rulers and their subjects, local government, social strata, the Russian religious mind, and the origins of patriotism and ethnicity.

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Russian-American Relations from the Historical Perspective

Professor:
Program:
IMARES; IMARES Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021
Credits:
6
The main content of the course is the relations between Russia and the United States in their historical retrospective. The current state of the Russian-American interaction is analyzed in the contexts of diplomatic traditions, cycles of technological transfers and the development of the mutual images.

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Seminar on World Oil & Gas Affairs

Professor:
Program:
ENERPO; ENERPO Plus
Semester:
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
Credits:
3
The Seminar on World Oil&Gas Affairs is designed to monitor and analyze oil&gas-related information on a weekly basis. The aim of the course is to provide the students with sufficiently vast horizontal knowledge of the latest developments occurring worldwide in the fields of oil&gas politics, international relations, security, and business.

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