Estonia: Economic Innovation and Baltic Regional Security

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Relations between the EU and Russia went through its ups and downs over the course of the last decades. In order to have a better grasp of these dynamics, we have to look back and understand the nature of bilateral interactions and the setup of institutional framework established between the two entities. The summer school programme will introduce students to the institutional framework of EU and Russia relations. The recent crisis in Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union has aggravated the tendency to view Russia through the prism of stereotypes.

Module: Understanding Russia and EU-Russia relations

This Summer School will provide students with both theoretical knowledge and sector specific expertise covered by practitioners coming from HEIs, NGOs and EU institutions. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply your acquired knowledge in practice through completing a short mini-project, focused on media analysis of sources dealing with state of EU-Russia affairs.

The school will guide you through three main cities of Estonia: the capital Tallinn, the university town of Tartu and the border city of Narva. The format of the school combines online lectures and webinars, supported by independent readings and assignments. The 14-days programme will allow students to meet instructors in person via Zoom and join virtual study trips, site visits, and a rich cultural and social program.

Wish to extend this course with a course in the Netherlands? This course is part of the track European Encounters: Diversity and Integration from West to East. You can also extend your Summer School with a course offered by the University of Latvia, with our track The Baltics in the European Union. 

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Course director
Prof. dr. Andres Kasekamp

Target audience

The programme is especially designed for students coming from countries outside Europe (but is open to all students). The course has a focus on political and economic sciences, with emphasis on European institutions and integration.

Aim of the course

A participant, who has successfully completed the course:

  • argues over the institutional setup of EU-Russia relations and identifies the main phases and events in EU-Russia relations;
  • explains and distinguishes the role of the foreign policy actors and institution in the EU and Russia, involved in framing bilateral relations;
  • identifies EU and Russia's foreign policy tools applied in bilateral relations;
  • argues about the main contested aspects in EU-Russia relations;
  • summarizes and analyzes media sources related to key issues in EU-Russia relations

Study load

Full time course: lectures, seminars and self-study.


Course fee:
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Course + course materials
Extra information about the fee

Course fee includes all transportation, course materials, excursions and field trips.

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Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 June 2021