Culture & History

Fake news, post-truth and digital media:Inquiry in relationship between media and politics (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours) 

Dates: July 01 - 15 | ONLINE FORMAT

Course syllabus

Ilya Kiriya

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design


Post-truth is generally understood as disconnection of the politics from the policy, thus the transformation of the electoral element of the contemporary democracy into purely symbolic entity not related with the real power and governance. During this course we will examine the role of media (including professional press but also the digital platforms of self-expression) in this process. Consequently, main goals of this course are to provide some general theoretical understanding how in contemporary digital environment media and politics are related between them and then provide some insight on relationship of media and politics in post-soviet world. Such understanding will enrich the general set of possible methods which could be used to study a contemporary media system and its implication on the society. Such methods are generally based on social sciences methods and cover political science, social psychology, sociology, cultural studies, political economy and regional studies.Second main goal is to provide some basic knowledge of Russian and post-soviet media because main examples used on this course are based on the deep analysis of Russian media system and Russian society, public sphere and political life.

A Glimpse of Russian History (3 ECTS credits, 24 academic hours)

Dates: July 01 - 14 | ONLINE FORMAT

Course syllabus

Oleg Morozov

Senior Lecturer


This course introduces students to the social, cultural, and political history of Russia from the Muscovite Tsardom in the sixteenth century to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It focuses on the vital issues of Russian history, including, but not limited to: the formation of Moscow state in the Early Modern Period, Peter the Great’s “revolution from above” in 1700—1725 and its cost, causes and consequences of Russia’s enormous territorial growth and its multiethnic composition in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, World War I and the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917, Stalin’s repressive regime, Soviet nations in World War II, Perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Empire. Within these issues, we will also explore how history is used by politicians and other public figures in contemporary Russia, how it shapes popular myths and stereotypes about the country and its people, and how it provokes heated disputes among different social, ethnic, and religious groups. 

Multimodal Communication in the 21st Century (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours)

Dates: July 25 - August 04 | ONLINE FORMAT

Course syllabus

Denis Zubalov

Associate Professor


The course is designed for international students enrolled in the Summer University at HSE. The present course adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of language and culture in global contexts in the 21st century.  More specifically, the course introduces students to major theoretical concepts related to the relationship between language, culture and society, and contemporary multimodal communication. In addition, we will focus on questions such as: why do people talk differently, in other words, why do people modify their speech in different circumstances? How is one’s identity constructed (and reconstructed) via language use in today’s multilingual 21st century society?  How do global economic and political processes, on the one hand, and gender, social class, and age on the other, exert influence on one’s linguistic behavior and attitudes to one’s own/other language and culture? What impact has the current Covid-19 Pandemic crisis had on people’s multimodality in communication. Finally, we will investigate the role of bilingualism in Tinder – online dating platform (examples from Russian contexts).