Online Course on EU-Russia Relations – University of Tartu

Online Course on EU-Russia Relations – University of Tartu

Deadline: Ongoing

Registration is on for the course “EU-Russia Relations: Between the Vilnius and Riga Eastern Partnership Summits” at the University of Tartu. The course could serve as an introductory course for the students interested in, or accepted to, the master’s degree programme in EU-Russia Studies offered by the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies.

The main aim of the course is to provide an interdisciplinary overview of EU-Russia relations through showcasing its dynamics and multi-vectorness from economics, security, political science, and media studies perspectives; as well as to demonstrate the impact of both actors’ policies on the post-Soviet space. The online course duration is 6 weeks and it commences on February 29, 2016.

Course Outcome

  • Students who successfully complete the weekly quizzes and pass the final exam will receive the University of Tartu certificate.
  • Upon completeing the course, the student will:
    • Describe and compare the changing dynamics of EU-Russia relations from political science, international relations, economics, and media studies perspectives;
    • Name and list the main institutional actors of the EU as well as their role in forming relations with Russia;
    • Describe how Russian domestic politics impacts its bilateral relations with the EU;
    • Be able to explain theoretical concepts such as ‘state identity’ and the principles of economic sanctions in EU-Russia relations;
    • Be able to carry on analysis of important documents and media texts in the field of EU-Russia relations, and explain the results.


  • Open to everyone interested in international affairs and EU-Russia relations, especially master degree and bachelor students in European and Russian studies, international relations and political science.
  • Basic knowledge of international relations and EU-Russia relations terminology is recommended, but not required as the course will provide some background material to all students interested in the course.
  • Student should have a good knowledge of the English language.

Application Process

  • Register for the course.
  • Final result is composed of the following elements:
    • 60% weekly quizzes
    • 40% final exam
  • In order to pass the quizzes and the final exam, students are required to watch the video lectures and read the compulsory reading material. Students also have to fill in the pre-course and post-course surveys.

In case of additional questions regarding the course, do not hesitate to write to [email protected] and [email protected]

For more information, visit Course on EU-Russia Relations.