243Far08s - P.Sc. 243 RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY Spring 2008...

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P.Sc. 243 RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY Spring 2008 Prof. Farkas COURSE OBJECTIVES This is an intermediate level politics course. It does not presume any background in the subject matter. However, students are certainly welcome who have some background especially from RUSSIAN POLITICS. The academic focus is on the politics and the foreign policy that it has produced in contemporary Russia. These issues are central to the place of Russia in our world both today and tomorrow. Because the information is quite new to most students, it will require serious effort and very regular attention to the readings and lectures. The challenge associated with understanding the contemporary foreign policy of the Russian system is a daunting one. The issues, problems and fluid nature of global politics make the task especially challenging. Students that make this sort of effort will be rewarded with a fascinating, intriguing and crucial insight into how our world works. Review the syllabus and be sure that this is the course you want to commit yourself to for the next ten weeks. We will deal with history quite briefly. Students will find course options in history that can provide an insight into 19 th and 20 th century Soviet and Russian foreign affairs. In practical terms, we will provide a platform of information on the current resources, postures, constraints and options for Russian foreign policy. This course examines foreign relations of Russia and P.Sc. 251 RUSSIAN POLITICS (offered this summer and fall) examines the domestic politics and internal structure of Russia. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES Please read and THINK about the following list. If you choose not to do these things, it will not be possible for you to complete this course in a satisfactory way. (a) All readings from the text must be done on time … that is, BEFORE the lecture deals with the subject. Every student is also individually responsible to receive and read materials that are distributed in class. (b) Class attendance is crucial. Virtually all of your questions can be addressed in class. This is the key opportunity to “complete ” the process of understanding what you have read. Lectures will introduce information that is NOT in the text. Students are expected to attend EVERY class. (c) Mid-term exam (d) Short research assignment (e) A comprehensive final exam. (f) Class preparation to ask or answer questions in the classroom setting. MATERIALS & READINGS: Ivanov, The New Russian Diplomacy , Brookings Lo, , Wiley- Blackwell
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FACULTY-STUDENT CONTACT Experienced university students know that it is wise to use the opportunity to visit and consult with professors during their office hours. If those hours are impossible, propose to meet at another time. It is YOUR responsibility to use this “out-of-class” time to clarify questions you have that have not become clear in
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243Far08s - P.Sc. 243 RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY Spring 2008...

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