Free Online Course by University of Tartu

Are you interested to widen your knowledge about the context of the Eastern Partnership and EU-Russia relations? Would you like to know more about Russia’s perception of the Eastern Partnership and European Neighbourhood Policy as well as the impact and results of the Eastern Partnership on the participating countries?

Join our brand-new e-course ” Impact of Changing EU-Russia Relations on the Development of Eastern Partnership” launched by the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies (University of Tartu) and meet our lecturers in the virtual classroom! The MOOC is worth 1 ECTS and runs from 28.02.2022 to 03.04.2022.

 Impact of Changing EU-Russia Relations on the Development of Eastern Partnership

What will you learn during the course?

During the course you are going to learn about:

  • the key concepts, institutional and historical developments related to the establishment and evolution of Eastern Partnership;
  • Russia’s perception of the Eastern Partnership and European Neighbourhood Policy;
  • the impact and results of the Eastern Partnership on the participating countries and EU-Russia relations;
  • the current and future state of the Eastern Partnership.

Why should you take this course?

By enrolling in the course,you will have access to video lectures from academicians and practitioners, specializing in regional studies and EU-Russia relations. There will also be academic commentary and round-table discussions from academic representatives from the region (such as Ukraine and Armenia) aimed at providing specific perspectives on different case studies in understanding the context of the Eastern Partnership. The participants will also be able to benefit from a wide variety of readings, course supporting and interactive materials as well as a vibrant and international online community of peers with whom they can learn together and interact throughout the course. Upon successful completion of the MOOC, the participants will also receive a free digital certificate from the University of Tartu.

Do you need any prior knowledge?

Basic knowledge of the process of European integration and EU terminology is suggested. In addition, participants should have at least basic web communication skills and basic familiarity of using digital tools for information searching and learning. Participants should be able to work independently; and be able to work and contribute to a discussion in a multicultural online environment.

1Ryhor NizhnikauSenior Researcher Fellow in the EU’s Neighbourhood and Russia Programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland. His main research interests include the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood, Russian policy in the post-soviet space, domestic and foreign policies of Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine.
2Andrey MakarychevProf Andrey Makarychev is a Professor of Regional Political Studies at JSIPS at the University of Tartu Johan Skytte institute of political studies and fellow of CEURUS. His research includes Russian foreign policy discourses, international security, and regionalism in the EU – Russia common neighbourhood. Prof Makarychev is a blog moderator for PONARS-Eurasia website, columnist and political analyst of several journals.
3Stefano BraghiroliAssociate Professor in European Studies, Programme Director for European Union – Russia Studies (University of Tartu). His main research interests include party politics in the European Parliament, EU-Russia relations, electoral politics in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey.
4Anna BeitaneProject Manager, MA in European Union – Russia Studies (University of Tartu). Responsible for development of e-courses and MOOCs at J. Skytte Institute. Her main areas of expertise include EU-Russia relations, the domestic and foreign policy of post-Soviet countries, with a particular focus on the Baltics states and Russia.
5Gor PetrosyanResearcher at the Caucasus Institute in Armenia and a PhD student at Yerevan State University. His research interests include International Relations, regionalism, Caucasus and security studies.
6Sandra Charlotta HagelinDoctoral student at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. Her research interests include Eastern Partnership, Europeanisation, borderisation and policy-making.
5Andriy TyushkaSenior Research Fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair of the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland. His research focus includes European Union foreign policy and security matters, Eastern European security and defence as well as strategic affairs more broadly.


The course takes place fully online, on the learning management system of the University of Tartu – Moodle. Please note that all video lectures of the course are pre-recorded. Participants can watch the videos on the course page at the time of their convenience, provided they can meet course deadlines.

Register here (before February 24, 2022)


For additional information: please contact Anna Beitane, [email protected]

The course is developed within the framework of the Jean Monnet Module ‘Neighbourhood, Enlargement, and Regionalism in Europe’ (NearEU) with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Mark Griffith

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