GOVT S-1241 The Political Economy of Russia and China

7-week session | CRN 32684

This course examines the current political economic directions of Russia and China on which much of the world is focused. It offers an in-depth analysis of major scholarly debates about the political economy in these two countries and their economic modernization policy efforts, mixing historical context with up-to-the-minute events. Topics include the latest economic and political events in Russia and China, the recent confrontation between Russia and the West over Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, and Syria, the geopolitical and economic role of Russia in Central Asia, the Caspian region, and the Eurasian Economic Union, and the political economic realities China faces domestically and vis-à-vis other countries in Asia. The course gauges the differences and similarities in the political economic systems of Russia and China. We build on the case method to highlight key political economy issues and by the end of the course students' skills should be sufficiently developed and sophisticated for further application to the study of Russia and China.

Course information
Class meetings

On campus
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Sever Hall 202

Start date

Tuesday, June 20


4 credits

Course tuition


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  • Faculty

    Bruno S. Sergi, PhD.

    Professor of International Economics, University of Messina and Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

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