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Economy, State and Society: Politics and Security MA Structure

Compulsory and elective modules for the IMESS: Politics and Security 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) 

COMPULSORY:

  • SEES0116 Political Analysis (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) 

AND ONE OF:

  • SEES0107 Understanding and Analysing Data (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) OR
  • SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits) OR
  • SEES0106 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (6 ECTS//15 UCL Credits)
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.

NOTE: One elective (max 6 ECTS/15 UCL credits) may be taken from another IMESS track

Please refer to the Module Catalogue for an up to date list of running modules.

Country-specific course requirements

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

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)


Electives (18 ECTS, 30 if no language taken)

Note: the lists are provisional and subject to change.
The Balkans in the global economic history (6 ECTS)
Security System of Serbia (6 ECTS)
Political Anthropology, Image of the Other, Cultural Anthropology (6 ECTS)
Post communist Balkans (6 ECTS)
The Balkans in modern history (6 ECTS)
Social history of the US: Assimilation, Multiculturalism, Integration, Disintegration (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.

  • Comparative Foreign Policy (3)
  • History of European Political Thought (6)
  • International Finance (3)
  • Regional and World Economics (3)
  • Public Policy (3)
  • The European Security Architecture (3)
  • Non-State Actors of World Politics (3)
  • Peace, Security, and Conflict Studies (3)
  • Foreign Policy of China (3)
  • Migration studies (3)

+ 1  elective for 6 ECTS or two electives for 3 ECTS

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


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

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

  • EU Administration (5)
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy (10)
  • EU Institutions and Decision-­‐Making Process (10)
  • Foreign and International Relations in CEE (10)
  • European Integration Theory and Practice (5)
  • Political and Social History of 20th Century CEE (10)
  • Meaning and Value of Democracy from a Philosophical Perspective (5)
  • Europe as a Normative Power in the late Westphalian World (5)
  • Russian Thought on Europe (5)
  • EU Integration and Politics in the Balkans (5)
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

  • Finland’s foreign policies, 1917–2009
  • International politics and the Baltic Sea region
  • The significance of the Nordic/Scandinavian Cooperation to Finland
  • Non-alignment as a pattern of Finnish security policy
  • Cold War and Post-Cold War international relations in North-East Europe
  • Politics of memory in North-East Europe
  • European integration in a historical and cultural perspective

Electives (8 ECTS, 20 if no language taken)

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

  • International and Global System (3/5 ECTS)
  • Nationalism and Nation Building (3/5 ECTS)
  • Welfare State (3/5 ECTS)
  • History of Political Ideas (3/5 ECTS)
  • Politics of History (3/5 ECTS)
  • State and Political Activity (3/5 ECTS)
  • Imperialism, Integration (3/5 ECTS)
  • Globalization and Transnationalism: Historical Approaches (3/5 ECTS)
  • Theory and Methodology of History (3/5 ECTS)
  • Politics of Gender (3/5 ECTS)
  • Other approved electives (3/5 ECTS)
  • Internship (0 ECTS)
HSE Moscow (Russia)

Language: Russian (0 or 10 ECTS)

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

  • Constitutional Transformation of States in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Democratic Development
  • Eastern Enlargement of the EU and Its Consequences
  • Insurgency in Post-Soviet area
  • Oil and Gas between Europe and Eurasia
  • Parties and Elections
  • Political Systems of East Central Europe
  • Political Systems of the Post-Soviet Area

Electives (18 ECTS, 30 if no language taken)

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

  • 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)
  • Eastern Europe Today (6 ECTS)
  • Economy and Politics in the 20th Century 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) 11. 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) 1
  • 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)
  • The Transformation of the Communist Successor Parties in Central Europe (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.

  • International Relations
  • Foreign Policy Analyses
  • International Law
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • The EU Institutions and Policy-making
  • Regional Integration in Post-Soviet Space
  • Regional Conflicts in Eurasia (3 ECTS)
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • The Baltic Sea Region in the International System
  • Political Developments in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Security Politics
  • EU in International Politics
  • Diplomacy
  • US Foreign Policy
  • EU-Russia Relations