About the course

The aim of the course is to help students understand the territorial conflicts that arose across Eurasia after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. It introduces concepts and models from prior research on nationalism, ethnic politics, and secessionism. Students are encouraged to approach empirical cases from the region through the prism of this theoretical tool-box. Both the purported causes behind and potential solutions to territorial conflicts in Post-Soviet Eurasia are subject to critical evaluation.

Course content

The course unfolds in three steps. The first module (2.5 credits) introduces predictions and findings from earlier research on territorial conflicts. The second module (2.5 credits) focuses on the separatist and irredentist wars that erupted in Eurasia after the Soviet collapse. The third module (10 credits) is about subjecting either general theories or specific cases to critical evaluation in light of the other.

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

30 credits completed courses within Social Science or Humanities, and English 6


University credits completed 100%

Course evaluation

Malmö University provides students who participate in, or who have completed a course, with the opportunity to express their opinions and describe their experiences of the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarise the results of course evaluations. The University will also inform participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures taken in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).


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