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Human Rights in post-Soviet Space - JTM634
Title: Human Rights in post-Soviet Space
Czech title: Lidská práva v postsovětském prostoru
Guaranteed by: Department of Russian and East European Studies (23-KRVS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 24 / unknown (24)
Min. number of students: 5
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Dr. Dmitry Dubrovskiy
Mgr. Daniela Kolenovská, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Dr. Dmitry Dubrovskiy
Class: Courses for incoming students
Last update: Mgr. Daniela Kolenovská, Ph.D. (13.02.2024)
Human Rights violation is the common argument in the current debates between Russia, post-Soviet countries, and democratic world. The content of it is seriously different depends on the who is pronounced the sentences about human rights. It has become quite popular among political elites to explain foreign and domestic politics in terms of human rights, but at the same time human rights and the human rights movement are both in serious crises, especially in concern with authoritarianism, which is “goes global”.
The situation in the post-Soviet space are seriously diverse – from the Baltic Sea countries to Turkmenistan, and from the Belarus to Kyrgyzstan. The course seek to make an overview of the current debates on human rights in post-Soviet countries, based on the role of human rights narrative in different crises – Bronze Soldier story in Estonia and question of Russian language and aggressive Russian historical politics, Orange revolution, Maidan in Ukraine and the problem of the “promotion democracy and human rights”, Andijan tragedy and question of ‘fighting against terrorism’ and violation of the Muslim rights, especially in the Central Asia countries.
Aim of the course
Last update: Mgr. Daniela Kolenovská, Ph.D. (13.02.2024)

This course will seek also to understand how and why human rights have fallen off the popular agenda in the most of the post-Soviet counties today. We will explore a set of questions of the human rights violations in post-Soviet area in the frame of the debates on modern history of Russia and its neighbor countries, in the prism of different struggles between Russia and post-Soviet countries, and investigate the role of Russian Federation in the current state of art in human rights and democracy in the disputed area. Special focus will be provided for the relations between political development of Russia to authoritarianism, and its influence on the current situation with democracy and human rights in post-Soviet countries.

Teaching methods
Last update: Mgr. Daniela Kolenovská, Ph.D. (13.02.2024)

Specific knowledge

Willingness and ability to employ research and develop analytical as well as argumentation skills are indispensable features for those willing to succeed in the course. In addition to learning basic facts on the topic of the course, this rather seminar-style course is intended to contribute to developing methodological and analytical skills among the students. Students are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the basics of the history of post-Soviet space after collapse of SU.

Transferable skills

Capacity for logical inference, distinguish between ideological and analytic approach to human rights. Students are encouraged to explore and apply critical evaluation of the political and social-economic development of the post-Soviet space from the human rights perspective.

In the process of learning, students are expected to sharpen their skills in conducting the discussion, delivering a presentation and drafting a piece in argumentative writing. To achieve these skills, students should behave in a cooperative, mutually supportive fashion.


After the completion of the course, students will have a clear understanding of scholars/analysts’ academic responsibility towards society, values of human rights for development of the democracy and human rights.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: Mgr. Daniela Kolenovská, Ph.D. (13.02.2024)
Three written papers 45 % – 10+10+25 (final essay), class attendance and active participation – 25 %, oral presentation (20 %)
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