Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This course examines the reshaping of European politics during the quarter century between Mikhail Gorbachev's appeal for a 'common European home' in 1989 and the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine in 2014. It seeks to illuminate the successes and failures of European integration and to provoke debate about the origins and significance of the emerging conflict between the EU and Putin's Russia. In particular, it poses questions about the EU's contribution to regional democratisation, the politics of energy, NATO expansion, and the nature of the Putin regime.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesEssay, seminar engagement exercises, seminar discussion.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in a HUSS Postgraduate Degree or through subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsPOL5RIP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Extensive knowledge of the divergent development of the EU and Russia in the post-Cold War era.
02. Understanding of concepts used by scholars to explain the European project and post-Soviet authoritarianism.
03. Ability to conduct original research about the EU and post-Soviet Russia
04. Ability to construct persuasive arguments about the transformation of European politics in the post-Cold War era

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Written seminar contributions (1,000 word equivalent)Each week, four comments related to the reading are to submitted in written form and used as the basis for the student's contribution to seminar discussion. The written versions will be evaluated in three batches.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 2,000 word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 2,000-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4