Fall 2007

SOCS 648
Territory and Politics of Eurasia


09/13/2007 - 12/13/2007
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

The course deals with its history, structure and topology, current transformation and the future of Eurasian space. It problematizes the idea of space as a key to understanding politics and international relations of Eurasia, as well as its economy, society and culture. The course is a multi-disciplinary exercise, drawing on theories of political geography, political economy, IR and political science, as well as practical exercises and day-to-day policy analysis.

From a methodological perspective, the course introduces the theory of Eurasian space in its relation to state power. It examines the ways in which geography shaped Eurasian history. The enormous space has largely determined the format of statehood (first of all, in Russia): indeed, governance in Eurasia is about the relations between space and the state. From a practical policy perspective, the course gives an overview of new realities and initiatives on the post-Soviet space that have significant international implications.

We will read texts by Dmitry Trenin and Sergei Medvedev, as well as a reader made up of recent journal articles.

Course work includes two in-class presentations, a mid-term and final essay, as well as active participation.

This course does not have specific prerequisites though certain knowledge of Soviet History and International Relations, as well as Geography of Eurasia will be a plus.

Sergei Medvedev (Ph.D., Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences) is visiting professor of Russian and government.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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