University of Tartu Online Course on EU-Russia Relations

Deadline: 22 February, 2016
Open to: everyone interested in international affairs and EU-Russia relations, master degree and bachelor students in European and Russian studies, international relations and political science
Fee: free of charge


J. Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu is opening a new online course (MOOC) this spring semester. The course name is ‘EU-Russia Relations: Between the Vilnius and Riga Eastern Partnership Summits’ and it lasts from 29.02.2016 to 10.04.2016. The main aim of the course is to provide an interdisciplinary overview of EU-Russia relations through showcasing its dynamics and multi-vectorness from economics, security, political science, and media studies perspectives; as well as to demonstrate the impact of both actors’ policies on the post-Soviet space. The course is organized into five video lectures and covers key events in EU-Russia relations as the Eastern Partnership Summits in Vilnius and Riga; the Sochi Olympics; the annexation of Crimea; the imposition of EU’s sanctions on Russia and the Kremlin’s food embargo on European goods. The course discusses and explains theoretical concepts as ‘state identity’, ‘soft annexation’ and the main principles of economic sanctions.


  • Everyone interested in international affairs and EU-Russia relations;
  • Master degree and bachelor students in European and Russian studies, international relations and political science;
  • Access to the internet;
  • English language knowledge.

What will you learn?

  • Describe and compare the changing dynamics of EU-Russia relations from political science, international relations, economics, and media studies perspectives;
  • Name and list the main institutional actors of the EU as well as their role in forming relations with Russia;
  • Describe how Russian domestic politics impacts its bilateral relations with the EU;
  • Be able to explain theoretical concepts such as ‘state identity’ and the principles of economic sanctions in EU-Russia relations;
  • Be able to carry on analysis of important documents and media texts in the field of EU-Russia relations, and explain the results.


MOOC is free of charge.

How to register?

Register to this online course HERE. Students who successfully complete five weekly quizzes and pass the final exam will receive the University of Tartu certificate. In case of additional questions regarding the course, do not hesitate to write to and

More information can be found on the official website.

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