Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3128: Post-Soviet Politics and Societies

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Catherine Owen (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Complex yet fascinating, the post-Soviet region is one of the lesser-studied parts of the world. Fifteen highly diverse countries ranging from the democratic EU member states in the Baltic region to the closed, authoritarian states of Central Asia have emerged from the former Soviet Union. Divided into two parts, this module will trace the political history of the USSR and its collapse before examining the types of regime that have begun to consolidate in its place and the conflicts that have erupted as Soviet control has receded. No prior knowledge of the region is assumed; however, students will be expected to have an understanding of the basic categories of politics and international relations.

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