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Basic Curriculum


Bridging Courses

Sociopolitical History of East and South-East Asia

The course focuses on the historical and social background in East and South-East Asia including the historical roots, the nature of state power, social forces, major powers relationships and the future of Asian geopolitics in the 21st century (Additional).

Basic Components

Methodology of Contemporary Asian Studies

This course will introduce students to sociopolitical research methods and familiarize them with the tools and techniques that scholars use to study the history of East Asia. Students will learn about the process of modern historical inquiry and gain a better understanding of the diverse resources that historians use to conduct research.

The Key Problems in Asian Studies Research

This course concentrates on the several important problems and issues of Asian Studies that are fundamental for the deeper understanding of classical and modern development of East Asia and focuses on the major theoretical and practical issues and problems in Asian Studies as a discipline

Components of Educational Program/Track

Basic Components

Modern Asian Political Processes

The proposed course belongs to the block of disciplines which provides theoretical training in Political Science, Political Institutionalism, Political Economy and Social Anthropology.

Russia in East Asia

The course presents, in chronological order, the milestones of the development of Russian regional policy. The mainstay of this historical canvas is formed by international legislation that covered all spectrums of relations between these countries in the past, and which are still valid. Special attention is given to the Eastern countries’ diplomatic particularities as a function of their ethno-psychology.

Ethno-religious Processes in Asia 

The course is aimed at comprehensive examination of historical and contemporary problems of ethnic and religious contradictions in the Asian region, their origins, specific features and factors influencing emergence of conflicts in the local, regional and global context.

State, Society and Economy in East Asia

The course examines different forms of government intervention into economic life in East Asia and looks at the effects of such interventions on the patterns of economic growth. This part also introduces students to the theories of developmental state and evaluates the relevance of such theories for explaining current economic situation in East Asia.

Elective Component

Entrepreneurship and Business in Asia

The course is focused on the main trends of doing business in China, SA and SEA from two perspectives: business environment taking into account the political, legislative, economic, socio-demographic and cultural environment issues and internal companies’ environment, considering differences in national culture and its management implications on successful communications, team-building, leadership, decision making, motivation, and negotiation processes with business in this region.

 Contemporary International Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region: an Advanced Course

 The course addresses the role of theoretical knowledge in the social studies and humanities, and surveys major social science research programs such as rational choice and historical institutionalism. 

Urbanization in Modern Asia 

The main objective of the course: to provide student with a comprehensive knowledge of the history of Islam and it's influence on the socioeconomic and political development of Eastern countries.

Post-Totalitarian China and Political Economy of Transition

The course has its focus on the market reforms and socio-political restructuring in the People’s Republic of China against the background of the history and outcomes of market reforms introduced in East-European former socialist countries and the USSR in the second part of the XX century.

BRICS Countries and the Emerging Global Order

This course focuses on the main reasons for setting up political and trade Blocs in World and Regional framework giving prospects to shape general patterns of new Integration Process.

University Pool Courses (MAGO-LEGO)

Recommended MOOC

Internships and Research

Project Seminar

Science and Research Internship

Research seminar 'New Approaches to Sociopolitical and Economic Development of Asia"

The course introduces the classical and cuttingedge trends in Asian Studies methodology and ways of their application to Master’s level research. The seminar implies a detailed critical analysis of the main components of a Master’s thesis to be completed by the end of the second year, exploring the key techniques of effective collecting and analyzing various data, as well as the theoretical and practical support of the paper completion process.

Course paper presentation

Graduation Thesis Defence