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.
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 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)
Associate Professor: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs / School of World Economy
Explaining contemporary Russian politics: Institutions and beyond (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
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.