UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0108 Post-Soviet Politics

UCL Credit Value: 30

ECTS Value: 15

Terms 1 and 2

Module Coordinator: Dr Andrew Wilson
Weekly Contact Hours: TBC
Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment


Formative Assessment

Students are required to give class presentations on which they receive feedback from class tutor.

Module Outline

The aim of this course is to examine the social, political and economic development of the fifteen post-Soviet states since 1991. It will examine why reform has been so much more difficult than in CEE, discuss whether ‘post-Soviet’ is still a valid concept and whether common patterns (corruption, oligarchs, informal politics, political technology) can still be found in the various successor states. The largely failed ‘coloured revolutions’ of 2003-05 will be examined; as will the crisis around Ukraine in 2014 as a turning point for would-be reformers, for the prospects for developing relations with the EU, and for Russia’s continuing influence in the post-Soviet space.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.