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5117353 Post-Soviet Russia on the EU's Border, final paper, 3 Cp 
Code 5117353  Validity 23.02.2012 -
Name Post-Soviet Russia on the EU's Border, final paper  Abbreviation Post-Soviet Rus 
Credits3 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Geography (Geography and Human Geography) (J) 

Paul Fryer 

Learning outcomes 

The course aims to strengthen students’ knowledge about geographical issues in Russia and the post-Soviet world in historical and contemporary perspective. Students gain a deeper knowledge of the implications that the structures and mechanisms of Soviet politics, economy, settlement planning, rural, social and ethnic policies have had for post-Soviet reform processes, with a view across the border from the EU. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyse the implications of the complicated political, economic and cultural reforms for contemporary Russia.


The focus of this course is Russian society in transition. Issues for discussion include Soviet economic and settlement planning, rural, social, and ethnic policies, political system development, environmental challenges, migration, relations with the CIS – all examined through the prism of their implications for the reform process of post-Soviet Russia. Additionally, Russian-EU relations will be in special focus, especially how EU policies affect the reform process in Russia.

Modes of study 

Final research paper (3 credits).

Study materials 

A reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

Evaluation criteria 

0-5. Students must prove that they are able to interpret and analyse advanced research on a transitional Russian-related subject by submitting a written research essay to be evaluated 0-5. Active attendance at lectures is required.


Paul Fryer (GEO)


Autumen semester



Further information 

This course should be taken together with 5117352 Post-Soviet Russia on the EU’s Border (2 credits).


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

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