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The curriculum of the Program includes the introductory bridging courses, core courses (mandatory for all students), core electives, and pulls of elective courses specific to the concentrations:

The two introductory courses are:
·        Foundations of Public Policy (0 Credits, Fall)
·        Conflict Management (0 Credits, Fall)
The Program has the following core courses (mandatory):
·        Modern Political Science  (4 Credits, Fall)
·        Theory and Methodology of Political Research (5 Credits, Fall)
·        Human Rights in Globalizing World (9 Credits, Fall)
·        Global Actors in Public Policy (7 Credits, Fall)
The common elective courses differ from year to year but usually include the following:
·        Comparative public policy analysis  (6 Credits, Spring)
·        Applied qualitative methods in social research (6 Credits, Fall)
·        Methodology and Research methods in Sociology (6 Credits, Fall)
·        Quantitative methods in social research (6 Credits, Fall)
·        Applications of Statistical Methods to Public Policy (6 Credits, Spring)
·        Foresight Methods and Analysis (6 Credits, Spring)

Concentration “Public Policy Analysis”

The first concentration of the Program is the core and baseline specialization of the Program and it is devoted to the Public Policy Analysis and various related issues. It deepens the immersion of the students into the practice of Public Policy Analysis and provides solid base for future employment in analytical sphere.

The Concentration ensures strong multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge of students, who will have enough training opportunities to master contemporary public policy analysis. The elective courses of the Concentration include:

·        Think Tanks as Policy Actors (6 Credits, Fall)

·        Global Political Economy (6 Credits, Spring)

·        Religion, Governance and Policy-Making (4 Credits, Fall)

·        Inequality, poverty and quality of life. Trends, measurement and policy (4 Credits, Fall)

·        Anti-Corruption Policy for Public Service (4 Credits, Fall)

·        Education and Development (4 Credits, Fall)

·        Migration studies and comparative migration policy (4 Credits, Fall)

The graduates are qualified and well prepared for a wide range of careers: government (Russian, International policy analysis), nonprofit organizations and movements, political parties, analytical centers and think-tanks, private sector (strategic planning, personnel management, etc.).

Concentration “Human Rights and Democratic Governance

The opening of the "Human Rights and Democratic Governance" concentration was initiated by the UN Department Program and supported by the Public Policy Department of NRU HSE. The program was the first of its kind in Russia and is analogous to the European Master's in Human Rights. The program has been supported by a number of prominent human rights activists and NGO representatives both at regional and national levels. Besides being the first ever Program on Human Rights in Russia, this program is innovative in many other ways:

·        students have internships at partner NGOs or governmental organizations that deal with Human Rights, e.g. Ombudsmen's offices at local and regional levels

·        one of the main aims of the specialization is to deepen theoretical knowledge in the sphere of Human Rights and combine it with research work and practical activities in human rights research, monitoring, advocacy and litigation 

Human Rights experts will be able to work in state institutions of Human Rights protection, regional and local administrations, social welfare offices, non-profit organizations, including Human Rights NGOs, international Human Rights organizations and international treaty bodies.

Students are expected to accomplish extensive readings of literature on theory and practice of human rights protection, learn and provide deep analysis of case-law of international bodies and Russian courts under supervision of HSE professors - experienced lawyers, handling cases in European Court of Human Rights and UN Treaty bodies, research in contemporary human rights, practice in Russian NGOs and state bodies.

The curriculum of the Concentration (elective courses) includes:

·        Human Rights in Non-Western Societies (6 Credits, Fall)

·        Minority Rights: comparative practices (6 Credits, Spring)

·        Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly: Comparative Practices (4 Credits, Fall)

·        Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy (4 Credits, Fall)

·        Markets, Regulation and Europeanization (4 Credits, Fall)

·        Soft Law and International Mechanisms of Human Rights protection (4 Credits, Fall)

·        Russia In The Western Legal Tradition (4 Credits, Fall) 

This Concentration enables our graduates to combine high level of academic research with practical skills in advocacy, socio-legal and political studies, campaigning, promotion of human rights domestically and internationally.