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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)

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) 

PLUS EITHER

 * 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)

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

Section A: Economics

 

Section B: Politics

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

Country-specific course requirements

Students doing their year 2 in Krakow must take ‘European Civilisation’ and three further courses relating to the following six themes over the course of the two-year programme:

  • Collective Identities
  • Financial Structures
  • EU Law
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Democracy

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)

Section C: Regions
Business strategies in CEE (6)
Economics of Global and Regional Integration (6)
Integration and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe (6)
Regional Economics (6)
Regional Political Economy (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)

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)

Research/thesis seminar (0 ECTS)
Written thesis (40 ECTS)


Electives (8 ECTS, 20 if no language taken)

Economic policy (3/5 ECTS)
Economic growth and crises (3/5 ECTS)
The agrarian society and its demise (3/5 ECTS)
The great divergence (3/5 ECTS)
The great depression (3/5 ECTS)
Society and nature (3/5 ECTS)
Welfare state (3/5 ECTS)
Imperialism, Integration and Globalization (3/5 ECTS)
Other approved electives (3/5 ECTS)

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

Section A: Economics
Challenges to the Russian Economy in Transition (6 ECTS) 
The Politics and Economics of Energy (4 ECTS) 
Russian Economics Interests in BRICS Association (4 ECTS) 
Financial Regulation in the Global Economy (6 ECTS)

Section B: Politics
Post-Soviet Eurasia and SCO: Society, Politics and Integration (6 ECTS)
Civil Wars: Onset, Dynamics and Termination (4 ECTS)
US-Russia Relations after the End of the Cold War (4 ECTS)
China and Russia: Great Powers in an Era of Global Disorder (4 ECTS)

Charles University (Czech Republic)

Language: Czech (0 or 12 ECTS)

New language or Intermediate Czech or 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)


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

Section A: Economics
Banking (6 ECTS)
Cohesion Policy of the EU in Central and East European Countries (6 ECTS)
Corporate Governance (6 ECTS)
Corporate Governance Privatization and Restructuring (6 ECTS)
Development Economics and Policy (12 ECTS)
Doing Business in Central Europe (6 ECTS)
Economic Integration of the European Union (6 ECTS)
Economic transformation in East Central and Southeastern Europe (6 ECTS)
Economic transformations in the post-Soviet area (6 ECTS)
Economics of Least Developed Countries (6 ECTS)
Economy and Politics in the 20th Century Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
Environmental Economics and Consumer Preferences (5 ECTS)
Ethics and Economics (6 ECTS)
European Economic Integration (6 ECTS)
Health Economics (6 ECTS)
International Macroeconomics (6 ECTS)
Monetary Economics (6 ECTS)
Oil and Gas in the Post Soviet Area (6 ECTS)
Political Geography (12 ECTS)
IMESS Internship (6 ECTS)

Section B: Politics
Balkan nationalism and ethnic conflicts (6 ECTS)
Democracy in Central Asia and Afghanistan (6 ECTS)
Democracy Promotion: history, theories, practice (4 ECTS)
Ethnic Conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe (6 ECTS)
Ethno-Political Conflicts in the Caucasus (6 ECTS)
EU in its Southeastern Neighbourhood: Policies and Expectations (6 ECTS)
EU Policies (6 ECTS)
Legal Framework of the European Union (6 ECTS)
Political Systems of East European Countries in the 20th Century (6 ECTS)
Political Systems of East European Countries Today (6 ECTS)
Russia after 1991 (6 ECTS)
The Transformation of the Communist Successor Parties in Central Europe and Influence of the West European Leftists (6 ECTS)
IMESS Internship (6 ECTS)

Tartu University (Estonia)

Language (0 or 12 ECTS)

New languages Estonian or Russian, or Intermediate Estonian or Russian
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)

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

Section A: Politics
From ideas to realities: Europe and Russia (9 ECTS)
EU-Russia Relations (6 ECTS)
EU and Russia in the world (6 ECTS)
Baltic Sea States in the International Relation System (6 ECTS)
Theories of European Integration (6 ECTS)
The EU in International Politics (6 ECTS)
EU Institutions and Policy-making (6 ECTS)
Regional Integration in Post-Soviet Space (6 ECTS)
Globalization (6 ECTS)
Transatlantic Relations (6 ECTS)
Political and social change (6 ECTS)
Post-communism (6 ECTS)
Energy and security (6 ECTS)
Sovereignty and supranationalism (6 ECTS)
Origins and dynamics of power relations (6 ECTS)
Internship (6 ECTS)

Section B: Economics
The Baltic Sea Region Economies (6 ECTS)
Russian Economy (6 ECTS)
Regional Integration in Post-Soviet Space (6 ECTS)
Challenges of socioeconomic developments in the EU and Russia (9 ECTS)
Political and social change (6 ECTS)
Third Sector Management & Marketing (6 ECTS)
Globalization (6 ECTS)
Energy and security (6 ECTS)
Globalisation and competitiveness (6 ECTS)
Migration and challenges of human resources (6 ECTS)
Internship (6 ECTS)