About the programme
The programme is aimed at both secondary school teachers wishing to improve their qualifications in political science teaching and young specialists and graduates who want to start teaching.
Prospective students need to have general education in social sciences, a knowledge of foreign languages (a minimum of 1 language), world and national history, basic knowledge of psychology, philosophy, sociology, economics and law. The entrance procedure takes into account the applicant’s research and/or teaching experience, evidence of which is demonstrated with a list of academic publications, participation in conferences, projects and so on.
The core of the programme is formed by the following courses:
- Political Philosophy and Political Text Analysis. This aims to give a general and in-depth knowledge of key political-philosophical schools and concepts to an audience without a special philosophical or political education, as well as to teach them to work with key political and philosophical texts on a level which is necessary for a master’s degree.
- History of Political Systems. This aims to give the students a complex understanding of the main historical types of political systems as mechanisms of interaction between political subjects related to the realization of power and administration of society. The main focus is on the study of political institutions, political roles, relations, processes and the principles of the political organization of a society.
- Regional Conflicts in an Era of Globalization. This course aims to introduce students to regional conflicts which have various economic, religious, geopolitical, civilizational, socio-economic reasons and incentives. While some of these conflicts are caused by economic reasons and can be comparatively easily solved by means of economic improvements, other disputes, particularly religious, or, even stronger, civilizational, have a permanent character (such as the conflict in Palestine) and if can only be solved, if at all, with huge effort.
- Political System of Modern Russia. This course looks at the genesis and development of the political system in the RF after 1993, as well as the legal and substantiative aspects of its key structural elements’ activity in comparison with the situation and development of modern Western democratic institutions.
- Pedagogical Part of the Educational Process. This course is aimed at giving students an overview of goals and tools for pedagogical actions used in the process of secondary education. The potential of pedagogical actions in a modern school as well as the demand for them and their opportunities in various educational models will be studied through the basis of key methodical approaches, principles, traditions and trends of educational work.