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Russian Studies

Russia in the Changing World (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)

 


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)

Vladimir Zuev
Professor:Institute of Trade Policy / Department of Trade Policy

 


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)



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 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 relation 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.

Mastering Russian through Global Debate (3 ECTS credits, 24 academic hours, HSE Moscow)

Ekaterina Viktorovna Talalakina
Associate Professor: School of Foreign Languages / Department of Foreign Languages
 


Mastering Russian through Global Debate is a course designed for Advanced students of Russian, including heritage speakers. The course focuses on developing the skills of presentation, debate and negotiation through the discussion of the key burning issues of the global agenda such as international affairs, economy, ecology, immigration and the like. The participants will find themselves actively engaged in practicing their presentational and interpersonal speaking skills. This three week course will not only improve your fluency in Russian, but also will make you a more confident presenter, debater and negotiator!