MOOC: EU-Russia Relations

Deadline: 03 March 2017
Open to: anyone interested in international affairs and EU-Russia relations
Costs: free of charge


Are you interested to learn more about the dynamics of EU-Russia relations? Have you wondered what is the rationale behind EU’s and Russia’s foreign policies in the post-Soviet space? If so, then the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies is re-opening its MOOC – P2EC.TK.046 EU-Russia Relations: Between the Vilnius and Riga Eastern Partnership Summits (1 ECTS) this spring semester. The course runs from 27.02.2017 to 09.04.2017 and will be taught in English.  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 MOOC is organized into five video lectures and covers such key events in EU-Russia relations as the Eastern Partnership Summits in Vilnius and Riga; the Sochi Olympics; the annexation of Crimea; as well as the imposition of EU’s sanctions on Russia and the Kremlin’s food embargo on European goods. The course also discusses and explains such theoretical concepts as ‘state identity’, ‘soft annexation’ and the main principles of economic sanctions. In addition, the course includes video interviews with external experts, varying from academic researchers to Estonian MEPs such as UrmasPaet and Yana Toom.

Students who successfully complete 5 weekly quizzes and pass the final exam will receive the University of Tartu certificate.


The course is open to everyone interested in international affairs and EU-Russia relations, especially master degree and bachelor students in European and Russian studies, international relations and political science.


The MOOC is online and free of charge.

How to apply?

Last year, the course attracted more than 450 participants from 69 countries around the world. If you want to be a part of international and vibrant community of online learners, then register to the course hereby no later than 03.03.2017! You can register for the online course here. In case of additional questions regarding the course, do not hesitate to write to

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