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Contemporary Russian Society

Language: English

Course Syllabus


This program of an academic discipline sets minimum requirements for the knowledge and skills of students and determines the contents and forms of education and monitoring of results. The program is designed for fellows conducting the discipline, including teaching assistants, as well as students of the minor in "Russian society and politics in comparative perspective" (Bachelor level) studying the discipline "Russian society".
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The objectives of studying of the discipline “Russian society” are: - getting theoretical knowledge on social and societal specificity of modern Russian society; - laying the foundations of systematic approach to society and social processes; - practical skills for the analysis of social processes and phenomena in the Russian transitional society.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To know the specifics of the social structure in contemporary Russian and its historical and institutional patterns
  • To know the basic characteristics of the economic institutions and mainn actors in the contemporary transitional economy of Russia
  • Students to know the peculiarity of demographic processes and gender role functions in economy and private life in Russia to get a better understanding of the framework conditions of the social policy in the country
  • Students to get knnowlegde about the social predictors of socio-cultural processes, social movements and political activity in the contemporary Russia
  • Students to be able to apply different concepts of the contemporary institutional theory and to know about the alternative concepts of Russian scientists to explain the specifics and development trends of the Russian society
  • Students to have a general knowledge of the processes and techniques of collecting and analyzing data in Social research
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Social Structure and Landscape of the Contemporary Russian Society
    Social structure of the Russian society. The formation of the civil society. Urban and rural population, economic activities and everyday life styles.
  • Economy and Society in Russia
    Employment and labor relations, Entrepreneurship. CSR in Russian big firms. Private consumption and households economy, Popular finance and financial behavior of population/ Informal economy and its forms
  • Demography, Gender and Social Policy in Russian Society
    Demographic structure and trends/ migration. Gender aspects in the economy and private life. Social policy in Russia
  • Social Institutions and Movements in Russia
    Social determinants of the political system of Russia. Crime and punishment. Corruption and the attitides of population to it. Social movements and NGOs in Russia. Education and professional mobility. Social-cultural specifics of the Russian society. State and the confessions in Russia
  • Paradigms to Explain Specifics of Russian Society
    Variety of Capitalism, globalization and related concepts applicability to Russia, Non-classical ciews on the contemporary Russian society in the Russian academic literature.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods in ‘Russian Social Studies’
    Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies: separate research strategies vs. successive steps in a research; Questions answered with quantitative and qualitative methodologies; Procedures of collecting, processing and interpreting qualitative / quantitative data; Sampling in quantitative and qualitative designs.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Test
    Interim control: students have to collect tests for at least 3 of 6 sections of the course.
  • non-blocking The work of the students at seminars
  • non-blocking oral examination (colloquium).
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * oral examination (colloquium). + 0.3 * Test + 0.3 * The work of the students at seminars


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • ANDRIEŞ, V., & BEVZIUC, V. (2017). The Challenges of Demographic Situation of the Russian Federation in the Context of the Migration Processes. Annals of University of Oradea, Series: International Relations & European Studies, (9), 195–201. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=129782258
  • Greene, S. A. (2010). Russia in movement : civil society and the state in Putin’s Russia. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsndl&AN=edsndl.oai.union.ndltd.org.bl.uk.oai.ethos.bl.uk.645935
  • Kapeliushnikov, R. I. (Капелюшников, Р. И. . (2019). The Phenomenon of Population Aging: Major Economic Effects[Феномен Старения Населения: Экономические Эффекты]. Economic Policy, 8. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.rnp.ecopol.ep1916
  • Karabchuk, T., Kumo, K., & Selezneva, E. (2017). Demography of Russia : From the Past to the Present. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1250103
  • Kosyakova, Y., Saar, E., & Dämmrich, J. (2017). Institutional Change and Gender Inequalities at Labour Market Entry: A Comparison of Estonia, Russia, and East and West Germany. Studies of Transition States & Societies (STSS), 9(2), 17–40. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=poh&AN=127364735
  • Lezhnina, I. P. (2014). The Transformation of Gender Roles in Today’s Russia. Sociological Research, 53(5), 13–31. https://doi.org/10.2753/SOR1061-0154530502
  • Putin's Russia : past imperfect, future uncertain, Wegren, S.K., 2019
  • Quantitative research methods for professionals, Vogt W. P., 2007
  • Vishnevsky, A., & Shcherbakova, E. (2019). Demography: Pros and Cons of Raising the Retirement Age. Journal of the New Economic Association, (2), 148. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.nea.journl.y2019i42p148.167
  • Ziemer, U. (2011). Ethnic Belonging, Gender, and Youth Cultural Practices in Contemporary Russia. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=732189

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Archana Upadhyay. (2016). Religion and Religiosity in Russia. International Studies, (3–4), 195. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.sae.intstu.v53y2016i3.4p195.209
  • Arkhangelskiy, V. (Архангельский, В., Shulgin, S. (Шульгин, С., Efremov, I. (Ефремов, И., & Pustovalov, D. N. (Пустовалов, Д. Н. (2016). Russia’s Possible Demographic Scenarios and Their Consequences[Возможные Демографические Сценарии России И Их Последствия]. Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.rnp.wpaper.761
  • Beebe, G. (2019). Our Wicked Russia Problem. National Interest, (163), 17. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=138273614
  • Bischoping, K. (2005). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches/The Practice of Social Research. Teaching Sociology, 33(1), 95–97. https://doi.org/10.1177/0092055X0503300110
  • Edgar L. Feige. (2003). The Transition to a Market Economy in Russia: Property Rights, Mass Privatization and Stabilization. Development and Comp Systems. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.wpa.wuwpdc.0312001
  • Gabowitsch, M. (2015). Protest in Putin’s Russia. Chicester: Polity. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1446091
  • Graham, T. (2019). Let Russia Be Russia: The Case for a More Pragmatic Approach to Moscow. Foreign Affairs, 98(6), 134. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=139082695
  • Hegde, D. S. (2015). Essays on Research Methodology. New Delhi: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1001250
  • Johnson, J. E. (2018). The Gender of Informal Politics Russia, Iceland and Twenty-First Century Male Dominance by Janet Elise Johnson. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.494014431
  • Koltsova, O. Y. . V. (DE-588)118491852X, (DE-627)166377112X, aut. (2019). Explaining offline participation in a social movement with online data the case of observers for fair elections Olessia Y. Koltsova and Galina Selivanova. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1663504768
  • Mikhail Smirnov. (2015). The Sociology of Religion in Russia: two observations. Вестник Православного Свято-Тихоновского Гуманитарного Университета: Серия I. Богословие, Философия, (3), 71. https://doi.org/10.15382/sturI201453.71-80
  • Rutland, P. (2014). The Pussy Riot affair: gender and national identity in Putin’s Russia. Nationalities Papers, 42(4), 575–582. https://doi.org/10.1080/00905992.2014.936933
  • S V Mareeva. (2018). Subjective Well-Being and Ill-Being Zones in the Russian Society. RUDN Journal of Sociology, (4), 695. https://doi.org/10.22363/2313-2272-2018-18-4-695-707
  • Schleifer, A. (DE-576)178234206. (1998). The economics and politics of transition to an open market economy: Russia / by Andrei Schleifer and Daniel Treisman. Paris: Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.064804615
  • Serguey Braguinsky, & Roger Myerson. (2006). Oligarchic Property Rights And The Transition To A Market Economy In Russia. 2006 Meeting Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.red.sed006.288
  • Tysjačnjuk, M. S. (DE-588)1051682436, (DE-576)407246479. (2010). Social movements for the preservation of forests in North-West Russia : from consumer boycotts to fostering forest certifications / by Maria Tysiachniouk. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.389855766