Russia in the Changing World (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
June, 25 - July, 14
This course has been designed especially for international students majoring in international relations, political science, and global economy. In contrast to international relations courses offered at other Russian universities, this course focuses on Russia’s vision of the international environment to the west and east and is built around specific issues of a political and economic nature. Many of the topics included in the course lend themselves to discussion and debate, so different points of view on various topics are offered as much as possible in the recommended literature. The course does not have any specific prerequisites, although some knowledge of Soviet History, International Relations, and Geography of Eurasia will be helpful.
Understanding Russian Economy: Problems of Transition or Transition to Problems (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: June, 25 - July, 14
Apart from covering economic development in historical retrospective, this course focuses on the most recent economic developments, including those taking place after the 2008-2010 global economic crisis. It is based on analysis of crucial issues facing the Russian economy. The topics included in the course aim to provoke discussions and debates in order to cover the material from different points of view.
Russian Space and Russian State (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 2 - 21
The subject matter of the course is Russian space. The course deals with its structure, topology, history, modes of appropriation and governance. It problematizes the idea of space as a key to understanding politics and governance of Russia, as well as the national economy, society and culture.
The course begins with exploring the phenomenology of Russian space: its structure, topology and specific features, including notions of “enormity”. It then proceeds to explore Russian space in its relation to state power. It examines the ways in which geography shaped Russian history and politics. The enormous space has largely determined the format of Russian statehood; indeed, governance in Russia is largely about the relationship between space and the state. The space-state relationship is reified on various levels: economy, politics, and administration, security and social mobility, nationalism, and imperialism, culture and language, habits and ways. The course looks into each of these levels, discovering specific ways of interaction between the space and the state.
The course includes city workshops with the analysis of art and architectural objects (Red Square, Kitai Gorod, VDNKh, subway and the Tretyakov Gallery). Additionally, the course may include film showings and visits to exhibitions and museums.
Russia and Global Food Security (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: June, 20 - 30
Associate Professor: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs / School of World Economy
Demographic Development of Russia and Post-Soviet countries (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: August, 6 - 18
This discipline is devoted to the brief history of the population and the description of the current demographic situation and processes (fertility, mortality, migration) in Russia and the whole Post-Soviet territory. Also, the course includes not only the description but the causal relation and explanations from different theories of the observed phenomenon. In the course, we will pay attention to the main social, economic and political consequences of the abovementioned processes for the certain territory of the former USSR (countries and regions within the countries) and even neighbor countries. The demographic and functional projections will be demonstrated to the students and discussed with them.
Explaining contemporary Russian politics: Institutions and beyond (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: August, 13 - 18
Professor: Faculty of Social Sciences / School of Political Science
The course aims at strengthening students’ knowledge of contemporary Russia, developing skills to interpret and analyze political events, intellectual and historical outlook, to maintain professional and public discussion.
The course is offered by Dr. Boris Makarenko, professor of HSE and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Political Technologies, a leading Moscow-based independent think-tank.
The main thematic blocs of the course include:
· Institutions building during transition to modernity: repairing the ship at sea?
· The asymmetric powers: checks and balances in the system of institutions.
· The agents of change: developmental state, private enterprise and civil society in the making of modern Russia.
· Political culture of limited pluralism: societies, parties, elections and beyond.
* Please note, all dates TBC