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Autumn School: "Changing policies and cultures in Europe and Russia: environment, resources, energy”


Euro College of University of Tartu, Free University of Berlin and Helisnki University will jointly organize Autumn School "Changing policies and cultures in Europe and Russia: environment, resources, energy” from 18th to 24th of September 2013 in Tartu, Estonia.


Autumn school “Changing Policies and Cultures in Europe and Russia: Environment, Resources, Energy ” is one-week intensive program, which provides a general understanding of the region’s cultural, political and economic specificities regarding energy policies. The regional perspective will particularly address policies and markets of the post-command economies of Europe and of post-Soviet space. Multidisciplinary perspective of the issue is presented by the international team of academics and experts in order to cover various aspects of the field: regional studies, including cultural aspects of energy, political economy and law. Lectures will be given by an international team, which includes representatives from the Free University of Berlin, Helsinki University, Gubkin Oil and Gas University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Technical University of Delft, University of Aberdeen, University of Eastern Finland, as well as a representative from the Energy Community Secretariat.

Students will be given the opportunity to choose a subject they would like to research from the list of topics and to develop their team work skills by working in groups and presenting their findings. One day is devoted to field trip to Northeast Estonia, where students will visit industrial landscapes and border town Narva.


The Autumn School will comprise 30 academic hours (i.e. 30 x 45 minutes) of study, combining different study formats (lectures, workshops, field trips).

The topics will cover the following issues:

1. Institutional, economic and cultural specificities of post-command economies in energy policies and markets, challenges to the Europeanization and cross-border trade

2. Energy Charter and Energy Community Treaties as major instruments of the multilateralism and of EU’s neighbourhood policy

3. Definition of region-specific risks and analysis of security policies

4. Recent dynamics of energy law and policies, especially in internal gas market and renewables

5. EU-Russia energy relations, challenges and opportunities

6. Cultural Aspects of Energy

Students are expected to read basic literature before the course. Relevant articles and working papers will be available to them online in advance. See the programme.

The program awards 6 ECTS. Upon successful completion of the Autumn School, participants will receive ajoint certificate from three renowned universities (FUB, UH, UT). Students are required to:

· attend all the lectures, workshops and field trip

· read all the literature prior to arrival to Tartu

· prepare and present a group work project together with other members


There are no tuition fees.

For participants from University of Helsinki and Freie Universität Berlin, there will be number of scholarships available in amount of 400 euros.

Participants are expected to take care of their travel arrangements themselves.

Application procedure:

The Autumn School is open to MA students, advanced undergraduate students and professionals.

Deadline for applications is September 6, 2013.

A letter of motivation together with academic transcript needs to be submitted to Ms Laura Roop (laura.roop@ut.ee) in order to apply.

The Autumn School "Changing policies and cultures in Europe and Russia: environment, resources, energy” is co-financed by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet programme.

For further information please visit http://www.ec.ut.ee/en/about-eurocollage/autumn-school-changing-policies-and-cultures-europe-and-russia-environment

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