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Economy, State and Society: Politics and International Economy MA Structure

Compulsory and elective modules for the IMESS: Politics and International Economy MA. One year is spent at UCL and the second year at an IMESS Partner Institution.

Year 1 60 ECTS (150 UCL Credits) at UCL

Common Programme for all tracks
  • SEES0092 Dissertation Preparation (0 ECTS)
  • Interrogating Boundaries Workshop (0 ECTS)
  • Optional: LCENGS01 Academic English for writing (0 ECTS)
Language: 0 OR 12 ECTS (0 or 30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0029 New Language: Czech
  • SEES0038 New Language: Estonian
  • SEES0030 New Language: Finnish
  • SEES0031 New Language: Hungarian 
  • SEES0032 New Language: Polish
  • SEES0124 New Language: Serbian and Croatian
  • SEES0019 Intermediate Language: Czech
  • SEES0020 Intermediate Language: Finnish
  • SEES0021 Intermediate Language: Hungarian
  • SEES0022 Intermediate Language: Polish
  • SEES0067 Intermediate Language: Russian
  • SEES0024 Intermediate Language: Serbian and Croatian
  • SEES0068 MA Intermediate Plus: Russian
  • SEES0075 Advanced Language: Russian
  • SEES0076 Advanced Superior Language: Russian
  • SEES0077 IMESS: Russian

Notes:

Intermediate, Intermediate Plus, Advanced and Advanced Superior Russian available in most years. If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.

Core modules: (12 ECTS//30 UCL Credits) 
  • SEES0083 Quantitative Methods* (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) OR 
  • SEES0107 Understanding and Analysing Data (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) OR
  • SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits)

PLUS EITHER

  • SEES0116 Political Analysis (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) OR
  • SEES0115 Economic Development and Policies (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits)

 * Note Quantitative Methods must be taken by students who are also taking the following Economics modules: Financial Development, Public Choice-Private Interest, Trade and Foreign Direct Investment.

Elective modules: 36 ECTS//90 UCL Credits (or 48 ECTS/120 UCL Credits if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.

At least one module from Section A and at least one from Section B

Section A: Economics

  • SEES0078 Corporate Governance (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) Not running in 2019/20
  • SEES0082 Political Economy of International Business (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0086 Trade and FDI Policy with Reference to Eastern Europe (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0095 Advanced Quantitative Methods (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) Prerequisite: Quantitative Methods, must be taken in Term I
  • SEES0097 Corporate Finance and Investment in Emerging Markets (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0098 Financial Development (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0109 Public Choice - Private Interest (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0113 The Economics of Property Rights (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0114 International Macroeconomic Policy (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0115 Economic Development and Policies (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)

Section B: Politics

  • SEES0080 The Making of Modern Ukraine (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0081 Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0084 Russian Foreign Policy (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0085 Russian Politics (12 ECTS (30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0087 Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0089 Nations, Identity and Power (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) Not running in 2019/2020
  • SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0091 Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0099 Baltic Politics and Society (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0101 Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0102 Migration in the European Union (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0103 Comparative Analysis in Social and Political Research (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0105 Politics of South-Eastern Europe (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0106 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) Not running in 2019/2020
  • SEES0108 Post-Soviet Politics (12 ECTS/30 UCL credits)
  • SEES0111 Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) Not running in 2019/20
  • SEES0117 Political Sociology (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0119 Understanding ‘Transitional Justice’: Crime, Punishment and Process (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)
  • SEES0120 – Democracy and Authoritarianism in Post-Communist Europe (6 ECTS/15 UCL credits)

NOTE: One elective (max 6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) may be taken from another IMESS Track. 

Country-specific course requirements

If you are going to Krakow in Year 2, you must take at least two of the following modules:

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.

Year 2: 60 ECTS

University of Belgrade (Serbia)

Language: Serbian or Russian (0 or 12 ECTS)

Russian language 1 (6 ECTS)
Russian language 2 (6 ECTS)
Serbian as a foreign language 1 (6 ECTS)
Serbian as a foreign language 2 (6 ECTS)
Note: If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.


Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Research/thesis seminar (15 ECTS)
Written thesis and defence (15 ECTS)


Compulsory modules for Politics and the International Economy Track

Balkan in modern history
Economic transition


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and subject to change.
At least one module from section A and at least one from section B

Section A: Economics
Balkan in word economic history (6 ECTS)
Economic development (6 ECTS)
Business negotiations (6 ECTS)
Integrated marketing communication (6 ECTS)
Macroeconomic Analysis – Institutional Economics of the South East Europe (6 ECTS)
International finances (6 ECTS)

Section B: Politics
Disintegration of Yugoslavia and post-conflict transition in international context (6 ECTS)
Economic policy – transition, reform and market integration of the South East Europe (6 ECTS)
Social phenomena (6 ECTS) 

Corvinus University (Hungary)

Language: Hungarian (0 or 12 ECTS)


Intermediate or beginners Hungarian or Russian
Note: If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.

Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Dissertation Specialism 1, 2 (0 ECTS)
Written thesis and defence (30 ECTS)


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.
At least one module from section A and at least one from section B or C

Section A: Economics

  • Comparative Political Economy (6)
  • Globalization, Financial Crises and Development (6)
  • Development Economics (6)
  • International Economics (6)
  • International Financial Markets (6)

Section B: Politics

  • European Economic Governance (6)
  • Global Security Studies: An Integrated Approach (6)
  • International Political Economy (6)
  • State Failure and State Building (6)
  • Non-State Actors of World Politics (3)
  • Peace, Security, and Conflict Studies (3)
  • The European Security Architecture (3)
  • Non-State Actors of World Politics (3)

Section C: Region courses

  • Business strategies in CEE (6)
  • Central and Eastern Europe from a Global Perspective (6)
  • Development and Crises in East Central Europe (6)
  • Economics of Global and Regional Integration (6)
  • Illiberal democracy in Central- and Eastern Europe
  • Political Economy of Post-Communist Transition in Central and Eastern Europe (6)
  • Regional Political Economy (6)
  • The Political Economy of European Integration: Implications for Countries of Central- and Eastern Europe (6)
Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Language (0 or 7.5 or 12 ECTS)

New languages Polish or Intermediate Polish or Advanced Polish
Other languages possible if approved by the programme co-ordinators
Note: if no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2


Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Includes research/thesis seminar, written thesis and defence


Compulsory Course (0 or 9 ECTS)

European Civilisation


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 ECTS if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.

At least one module from Section A and at least one from Section B

Section A: Politics
EU Administration, Justice and Home Affairs (9 ECTS)
EU Foreign and Security Policy (9 ECTS)
Foreign and International Relations in CEE facing CFSP/ESDP (9 ECTS)
EU Institutions and Decision-Making Process (9 ECTS)
European Integration Theory and Practice (4.5 ECTS)
Visegrad Countries in the Transforming European Union (4.5 ECTS)
Europe as a Normative Power in the late Westphalian World (4.5 ECTS)

Section B: Politics
Economy of Central Europe: from Transition to EU Membership (4.5 ECTS)
EU Finances (9 ECTS)
Global Economic Relations (4.5 ECTS)
EU-Russia Economic Relations (4.5 ECTS)

University of Helsinki (Finland)

Language: Finnish (0 or 12 ECTS)

New Language Finnish or Intermediate Finnish
Note: if no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2


Compulsory Dissertation (40 ECTS)

  • Master thesis’ seminar (10)
  • Written thesis (30)

Dissertation Specialisms

  • History of Economic Policy
  • History of Economic Crises
  • Political Economy of the Welfare State

Electives (8 ECTS, 20 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.

  • Economic inequality (3/5 ECTS)
  • Economic growth and economic policy (3/5 ECTS)
  • Crises, conflicts and changes (3/5 ECTS)
  • Global development and Finland (3/5 ECTS)
  • Development, population, and mobility (3/5 ECTS)
  • Work and living (3/5 ECTS)
  • Global consumption (3/5 ECTS)
  • Migration and borders (3/5 ECTS)
  • Welfare state (3/5 ECTS)
  • International and global system (3/5 ECTS)
  • Imperialism, integration (3/5 ECTS)
  • Other approved electives (3/5 ECTS)
  • Internship (0)
HSE Moscow (Russia)

Language: Russian (0 or 10 ECTS)

New language Russian, Intermediate Russian or Advanced Russian
Note: If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.


Compulsory curriculum

  • Internship (3 ECTS)
  • Compulsory course “World Politics and International Political Economy” (3 ECTS)
  • Compulsory research/thesis seminar “Post-Soviet Eurasia” (2 ECTS)
  • Compulsory written thesis and defence (30 ECTS)

Electives

Note: the lists are provisional and subject to change.

  • Post-Soviet Eurasia and SCO: Society, Politics and Integration (6 ECTS)
  • Civil Wars: Onset, Dynamics and Termination (3 ECTS)
  • US-Russia Relations after the End of the Cold War (3 ECTS)
  • Challenges to the Russian Economy in Transition (6 ECTS)
  • BRICS Economies and Russia (4 ECTS)
  • Imperial Order and Nationalism – the Romanov Empire and the early Soviet state (4 ECTS)
Charles University (Czech Republic)

Language: Czech (0 or 12 ECTS)

Czech (beginners, intermediate, advanced; or other language of the area – Polish, Russian)
Note: If no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2.


Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Research/thesis seminar I (15 ECTS)
Research/thesis seminar II (15 ECTS)

Dissertation Specialisms

  • Central and Eastern Europe in International Context
  • Constitutional Transformation of States in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Eastern Enlargement of the EU and Its Consequences
  • Economic Development, Transition and Growth
  • Economic Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe
  • European Economic Policy
  • Financial Crisis and Its Consequences
  • Health Service and the Problems of Ageing in Central and Eastern Europe
  • International Trade (including Problems in Central European International Trade)
  • Oil and Gas between Europe and Eurasia
  • Political Systems of East Central Europe
  • Political Systems of the Post-Soviet Area
  • Public Finance Advanced (including Central European Financial Markets)
  • Regional Integrations in East-Central Europe
  • Security Issues in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Electives (18 ECTS, 30 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.

International Economy Track​​​​​​​

  • Banking (6 ECTS)
  • Banking and Financial Regulation (6 ECTS)
  • Cohesion Policy of the EU in Central and East European Countries (6 ECTS)
  • Corporate Finance (6 ECTS) 5. Doing Business in Central Europe (6 ECTS)
  • Economy and Politics in the 20th Century Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
  • Economics of Least Developed Countries (6 ECTS)
  • Economic transformation in East Central and Southeastern Europe (6 ECTS)
  • Economic transformations in the post-Soviet area (6 ECTS)
  • Environmental Economics and Consumer Preferences (6 ECTS)
  • Ethics and Economics (6 ECTS)
  • European Economic Integration (6 ECTS)
  • Financial Markets (6 ECTS)
  • Health Economics (6 ECTS)
  • Health Policy (6 ECTS)
  • MESS Internship (6 ECTS)
  • International Finance (6 ECTS)
  • International Macroeconomics (6 ECTS)
  • Monetary Economics (6 ECTS)
  • Oil and Gas in the Post-Soviet Area (6 ECTS)
  • Portfolio Analysis and Risk Management (6 ECTS)
  • Strategic Management (6 ECTS)

Politics Track

  • Cohesion Policy of the EU in Central and East European Countries (6 ECTS)
  • Constitutional Transformation of the Central and East European Countries (6 ECTS)
  • Contemporary Balkans (6 ECTS)
  • Contemporary Mediterranean (6 ECTS)
  • Democracy Promotion: history, theories, practice (6 ECTS)
  • Doing Business in Central Europe (6 ECTS)
  • Eastern Europe Today (6 ECTS)
  • Ethno -Political Conflicts in the Caucasus (6 ECTS)
  • EU Policies (6 ECTS)
  • Europe of States, Regions and Citizens (6 ECTS)
  • IMESS Internship (6 ECTS)
  • Islamism in Central Asia (6 ECTS)
  • Issues in Central Eurasian Security (6 ECTS)
  • Legal Framework of the European Union (6 ECTS)
  • Political Geography (6 ECTS)
  • Political Systems of East European Countries in the 20th Century (6 ECTS)
  • Political Systems of East European Countries Today (6 ECTS)
  • Post - Soviet Central Eurasia (6 ECTS)
  • Putin´s Russia (6 ECTS)
  • Russia after 1991 (6 ECTS)
  • Russia's Aggression against Ukraine: Implications for European Security (6 ECTS)
Tartu University (Estonia)

Language (0 or 12 ECTS)

New languages Estonian or Russian, or Intermediate Estonian or Russian

Other languages possible if approved by the programme coordinators
Note: if no language taken in year 1, compulsory in year 2


Compulsory Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Includes MA seminars, written thesis and defence


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 ECTS if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and may be subject to change.

All courses 6 ECTS.

  • Baltic Sea Region Economies
  • Russian Economy
  • International Law
  • EU in International Politics
  • EU-Russia Relations
  • Other approved faculty courses