Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

International Relations And Russian Studies

The MA in International Relations and Russian Studies has a strong contemporary orientation and stands at the core of the discipline of International Relations (IR). It will provide you with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of international relations, security issues and Russia as a geopolitical region. This course provides an excellent opportunity for professionals interested or already working in this area, as well as a thorough preparation for either practical work in the field or undertaking a research degree. Whatever your career plans, a thorough understanding of contemporary regional conflicts is essential to those working at an international level to try to understand and resolve them. The MA draws on the expert knowledge of Russia and specific IR experience of the team in History & Politics and Sociology. Our staff are highly experienced in the development and delivery of virtual teaching and learning. Online learning provides you with the control over where and when you study. You will also be able to access regionally-appropriate language tuition (for an additional fee) from the Rosetta Stone language programme, giving you the opportunity to enhance the comprehensiveness of your distance learning MA degree. You will receive guidance and support through the virtual learning process as you gain confidence and knowledge.

Course modules

International Relations in the Modern Era (30 credits) examines the historical evolution of International Relations theory in relation to historical events of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through an examination of the main debates within International Relations, the course compares a variety of theoretical approaches linked to both historical and contemporary events in the development of the international/global system. International Security (30 credits) examines both traditional conceptions of security and newer challenges to the conceptualization of security.  These concepts are examined in terms of both Cold War issues and then a broader set of post-Cold War concerns, including terrorism, state and non-state threats, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.   Russian Politics and Security (30 credits) is divided into three parts. It starts with an introduction to current Russian Politics since 2000, before moving on to an overview of Russia`s role in dealing with the current insecurity and instability in the Russian and post-Soviet space, with reference to the North Caucasus and Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. In the last part of this module, Russia's role in the European and global security order is explored.  The Political Economy of Eurasia and Russia (30 credits) is divided into three parts. It starts with an introduction to relevant theoretical approaches from International Political Economy which will be applied in the second and third part of this module in order to analyse the current and evolving Political Economy of Eurasia and Russia, and to analyse how energy and natural resources constitute an important factor not only in economic policy-making in wider Eurasia and Russia, but also in terms of the role and interests of international political and economic state and non-state actors in Eurasia.  The Dissertation (60 credits) is supervised by staff but is a student-centred piece of independent work.  Dissertation topics may be drawn from the areas covered in any of the modules you have taken.  You will be expected to integrate elements of your learning on the course as a whole, as well as applying skills of research using primary and/or secondary sources. The length of the Dissertation is set at 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning (part-time) September 2017 - 1 Years
MA Distance learning (part-time) February 2018 - 1 Years
MA Distance learning (part-time) September 2018 - 1 Years

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