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MOOC - Common Challenges of Competing Regionalisms, 26 April - 06 June 2021, University of Tartu

Publish Date: Mar 14, 2021

Deadline: Apr 22, 2021

Event Dates: from Apr 26, 2021 12:00 to Jun 06, 2021 12:00

Common Challenges of Competing Regionalisms

Course authors: 
Anna Beitane and Stefano Braghiroli. The course also includes contributions from J. Skytte Institute of Political Studies staff members (Prof. Andrey Makarychev, Kristel Vits, Maili Vilson) and partnering experts from NearEU Module.
Language:  English
Training volume:  2 ECTS (52 hours)
Course duration:  6 weeks
Course dates:  26.04.2021 to 06.06.2021
Course target group: 

Everyone interested in comparative regionalism and integration processes in Europe and Eurasia, especially master degree and bachelor students in European and Russian studies, international relations and political science.

Course certification: 

The students who have successfully passed the course will be issued a digital certificate of completion by the University of Tartu.

The certificate of completion is free of charge.

Course preliminary knowledge: 

Basic knowledge of comparative regionalism and integration processes in Europe and Eurasia are suggested. However, the course will provide useful background material to any participant, who is interested in comparative regionalism and international affairs in general. 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.

Course description: 

Course is divided into six issue specific blocks with multiple video lectures and various e-learning material in each. The course will focus on the multifaceted nature of regionalism in different geo-territorial and geo-political contexts in Europe and Eurasia and on its conceptual and theoretical definition by looking at the relevant cleavages in contemporary societies and at the fluid and ever-changing nature of inter- and intra-state interaction and supranational/intergovernmental trends of integration. Historical and institutional comparative perspectives will allow participants to practically assess the developments in the European and Eurasian regions and to investigate their impact on specific case studies.

Course completion requirements: 

The course consists of 100 points. In order to pass the course participants need to get at least 51 points accumulated from all assessed assignments.
The final assessment of the course consists of the following elements:

  • Two multiple-choice quizzes - 2x20 =max 40 points (you need to attempt the test)  
  • Written assignments - 3x20 = max 60 points
  • Contribution to the forum - pass/fail (prerequisite for final assessment)

Total: 100 points

Provided that the prerequisites are met, a passing grade is determined by a final computation of points higher or equal to 51 out of 100.

Course outcomes: 

A participant, who has successfully completed the course:

  • understands and distinguishes the key concepts and fundamentals to make sense of the processes of regional integration;
  • understands and distinguishes the institutional and historical developments in the EU;
  • examines the process of regional integration in Eurasia and compares its milestones with the ones of the EU
  • identifies the dynamics of the democratic process and the dimension of supranationalism, parliamentarism, and governance in different regional contexts;
  • analyzes and argues on concrete cases of regional integration in the light of the relevant concepts;
  • evaluates the current state of regional integration in Europe and Eurasia, the room for interaction and the potential future trends.

Communication and feedback:

In case of any additional questions about the course, please contact Anna Beitane (

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