Free, English-based MOOC by the University of Tartu

Free, English-based MOOC by the University of Tartu - Understanding EU-Russia Relations: Foreign Policy Actors, Institutions and Policy-Making

Are you interested to learn more about the dynamics of EU-Russia relations? Have you wondered what kind of foreign policy actors are the EU and Russia? Would you like to know more about 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 (University of Tartu)  is opening the new MOOC in English - Understanding EU-Russia Relations: Foreign Policy Actors, Institutions and Policy-Making. The MOOC is worth 2 ECTS and runs from 11.02.2019 to 17.03.2019.

What will you learn during the course?

During the course you are going to learn about:

  • historical and institutional setup of EU-Russia relations
  • the nature of EU’s and Russia’s foreign policies
  • capacities of EU’s foreign policy actors, dealing with Russia
  • role of Russia’s foreign policy actors, dealing with the EU
  • EU and Russia’s neighbourhood and integration policies
  • EU and Russia’s trade and energy relations

Why should you take this course?

100% online

  • All material and lectures are fully online


  • The main language of instruction is English


  • Possibility to receive a digital certificate of completion


  • Registration deadline​

By enrolling to the course you will have access to:

  • 2+ hours of video lectures and audio podcasts, focusing on theoretical concepts and key aspects of EU-Russia affairs;
  • 5 guest lecture interviews aimed at providing sector specific information about EU-Russia relations with representatives of European Parliament, Union of European Federalists; Estonia-Russia CBC Programme; Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation and University of Tampere;
  • 4 multiple-choice quizzes and mini-project, helping you to test and apply your knowledge in practice;
  • 135 pages of compulsory reading material, laying down additional information about various aspects of EU-Russia relations.
  • 3 discussion prompts aimed at sparkling the discussion about covered topics
  • vibrant and international online community of peers with whom you can learn together and interact throughout the course.

Do you need any prior knowledge?

Basic knowledge of EU-Russia relations terminology is suggested. However, the course will provide useful background material to any student, who is interested in European Union – Russia relations and international affairs in general.



For additional information: please contact Anna Beitane, 

The course is created with the support of the “European Union- Russia Studies” MA programs at the J.Skytte Institute of Political Science, University of Tartu.