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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction to ‘a transition in Russia’ course

Welcome to the Week 1! This module will introduce you to the basics of the given course and to the general issues of transition in Russia. You will learn about economic features of Russia. Our video-lectures will answer the following question: how the transition was at all possible in Russia. Finally, the end of the module is accompanied with a test. Test questions are based on the information from the lectures, but for some of them you will have to find the right answer using different statistical and informational sources.

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6 videos (Total 42 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Economic importance of Russia. Size matters6m
Territory as an economic asset6m
Territory full with resources5m
How to make use in full of all the treasures available?4m
How the transition was at all possible?9m
4 readings
Assessment10m
Course Staff10m
Course Plan10m
Basic Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Territory full with resources30m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Brief Russian economic history

Welcome to the Week 2! On this week you’ll learn how the transition was set up and organized. In this module we begin the analysis of the Russian economic policy. Understanding the specifics of transition process is crucial for understanding the roots and reasons of modern domestic issues of Russian Federation. That’s why we will make a thorough analysis of it.

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5 videos (Total 90 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
Pillars of market reforms15m
State assets privatization. Vouchers19m
Another side of privatization.Buy-outs 118m
Another side of privatization.Buy-outs 223m
1 reading
Readings for Week 210m
1 practice exercise
Brief Russian economic history30m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Pillars of market reforms

Welcome to the Week 3! Today we continue to analyze initial measures within market reforms in Russia. The module will cover several topics like price liberalization including radical reform widely known as ‘’shock therapy’’ and real estate privatization. Then we will proceed to major controversies and paradoxes of transition. This module provides discussion on the ‘’New Russians’’.

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6 videos (Total 78 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Real estate privatization9m
Outcomes9m
Paradoxes16m
Basics and conclusions. Reform Goals for Russia22m
Other aspects of reforms2m
1 reading
Readings for Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Pillars of market reforms30m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Lost opportunities of transition

Welcome to the Week 4! Now we are coming to the next period of the Russian economic transition, namely the period since 1993. As usual you will get useful knowledge through video-lectures. However don’t forget to look at the list of recommended literature in case you want to learn more about the topic of this week. Also you will have to pass a short quiz in order to be assessed as a result of the Week 4.

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5 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
1998 crisis11m
Understanding the crisis roots 120m
Understanding the crisis roots 24m
Outcomes of transition. Paradoxes9m
1 reading
Reading for Week 410m
1 practice exercise
Lost opportunities of transition30m
Week
5
2 hours to complete

Understanding the golden decade and the subsequent crisis

Welcome to the Week 5! We continue to analyze Russian economy in transition. This week we pass on to an extremely interesting period of Russian economic history. We will look at the decade of steady growth, which can be called the golden decade for Russian economy. Economic crisis in 2008 in Russia will be the second important point of this week.

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4 videos (Total 61 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Understanding the golden decade21m
2008 economic crisis9m
Evolution of perception of transition. Paradoxes16m
1 reading
Reading for Week 510m
1 practice exercise
Understanding the golden decade and the subsequent crisis30m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Lessons of transition. Searching for solutions

Welcome to the Week 6! Now we will focus on some lessons of transition. To be more precise you will learn what role Stabilization Fund plays in Russian economy. ‘’To save or to borrow’’ dilemma and its solution in Russia will be discussed in this module as well. Then we are going to look at the impact of 2008 financial crisis on Russian economy.

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4 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Stab Fund’s role to assure economic stability19m
‘To save or to borrow’ dilemma23m
Lessons from Stabilization Fund8m
1 reading
Reedings for Week 610m
1 practice exercise
Lessons of transition. Searching for solutions30m
Week
7
2 hours to complete

Fundamental challenges to the Russian economy

Welcome to the Week 7! Special focus will be on difficulties which Russia has faced as a result of the transition. There is rather long list of current challenges to Russian economic development. These problems have different roots, which we will consider. Please finish with the weekly quiz, which will help you to refresh your knowledge and help us to assess them.

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5 videos (Total 80 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
Challenge of mineral resources’ abundance. Paradox25m
Will the muted virus of the Dutch decease infect Russian economy forever? How to catch up with a technological gap?16m
International division of labor. A new thinking on self reliance14m
Business narrow escape challenge11m
1 reading
Readings for Week 710m
1 practice exercise
Fundamental challenges to the Russian economy30m
Week
8
1 hour to complete

Fundamental challenges to the Russian economy (follow up)

Welcome to the Week 8! We continue to speak on major challenges of Russian economy. It is our final lecture on the domestic issues of Russian economy. So you will get some general conclusions over economic transition in Russia. We offer you to pass a test that differs a bit from the previous ones - it includes a few questions from the previous topics. Good luck with your further studies!

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4 videos (Total 42 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Infrastructure for an economic development10m
Corruption as a systemic challenge?9m
Corruption origins. Way out16m
1 practice exercise
Fundamental challenges to the Russian economy (follow up)28m
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Top reviews from Understanding Russian Economy. Problems of Transition

By JKMar 26th 2017

This is one of the best courses which you can approach to understanding Russian economics, particularly its contemporary challenges and also a bridge to know the transition era!

By VKJun 13th 2018

Качественно изложены этапы становления экономики России. Хотелось больше получить адекватных литературных источников.

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Vladimir Zuev

Professor
Department of Trade Policy

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