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1. Зимние школы в НИУ ВШЭ

 Ежегодно факультеты и другие подразделения НИУ ВШЭ проводят Зимние школы для поступающих в магистратуру.

 Зимняя школа – это лекции, мастер-классы, семинары и неформальные беседы с ведущими преподавателями и известными учеными. Это отличная возможность узнать о существующих магистерских программах, правилах поступления и требованиях, предъявляемых к поступающим, перспективах дальнейшего трудоустройства и т.п. Зимняя школа — это также площадка общения со студентами и выпускниками программ, возможность окунуться в атмосферу НИУ ВШЭ.

 Участие в Зимней Школе бесплатное. В «допандемийную эпоху» ВШЭ оплачивала расходы на образовательную и культурную программу, проживание и питание участников, трансфер из Москвы до места проведения и обратно. В 2021 г. Зимние школы ФСН прошли в онлайн формате.

 Подробности по ссылке https://www.hse.ru/winter/2021_soc/

2. Олимпиада студентов и выпускников

По ссылке https://olymp.hse.ru/ma/ Вы найдете много информации о направлениях и треках «Высшей лиги» в 2022 г. Информация по направлению «Политология» доступна по ссылке https://olymp.hse.ru/mirror/pubs/share/547237588.pdf. Помните, что в 2022 г. Вам доступны четыре трека, представляющие четыре программы в рамках нашего направления. 

Как подготовиться?
Относительно краткая видеоинструкция в жанре (совсем не) вредных советов доступна по ссылке https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOQWC2FJPh8.

3. Как подготовиться к конкурсу портфолио

Хотя от публикации Правил приема и конкретных требований к поступающим до проведения конкурсных процедур проходит больше полугода, подготовку портфолио не надо оставлять «на потом».

О составе и критериях оценивания портфолио для поступления на программу магистратуры «Politics. Economics. Philosophy» можно узнать по ссылке https://ma.hse.ru/mirror/pubs/share/523106838.

Самый весомый элемент портфолио – академическое эссе.
Преподаватели программы ожидают от абитуриентов самостоятельные академические работы солидного объема (10 -15 тысяч символов с пробелами) на английском языке. Все цитаты и другие заимствования должны быть снабжены соответствующими ссылками на источники с указанием страниц. Работы будут проверены на оригинальность, и плагиат недопустим.

Полезные советы по написанию академического эссе можно найти по ссылке https://iq.hse.ru/en/news/438577495.html.
И, конечно, за ночь эссе, которое приведет Вас на программу, не написать. Или написать, но только при условии, что Вы читали и размышляли над «Вашей» темой не пару-тройку ночей.

Темы эссе, предлагаемые в 2022 г.:

1. In the 19th century, David Ricardo’s economic theory predicted that economic growth would stop in the future, and it was a gloomy forecast. Nowadays, a “de-growth movement” is on the rise, reflecting fear of economic growth. Whence such a change? Should contemporary societies promote or curb it?

2. “History is a pack of lies agreed upon,” Napoleon once wrote. But what happens when this “pack of lies” becomes contested? In the current day, collective memory in many countries has become increasingly politicized, as statues, history books, tombs, and holidays related to objectionable, or shameful, periods in history, have become the subject of much debate after perceptions have changed over time. As modern citizens, what should our approach to these problematic periods of history in the public realm be? Is there any reason for certain historical figures associated with these difficult points in time to remain memorialized in public life, or should these be replaced by more acceptable, modern alternatives?

3. In recent years, political movements that deny commonly-held “truths” regarding issues related to election procedures, pandemic responses, and climate change have gained in prominence. While their adherents have clear rights to freedom of speech and legal protections to organize based on these beliefs, others argue that the consequences of such views represent fundamental threats to the security of society as a whole. As democratic citizens, what should we make of movements such as these, and what (if anything) should be done about them?

4. Today, many states have substantial numbers of immigrants who remain citizens of their mother countries and usually enjoy the right to vote there. This category of voters is less dependent on the decisions made by governments in their mother countries. From the viewpoint of principles of democracy, should the immigrants still be allowed to vote abroad? On the contrary, is it democratic to exclude them from the domestic electoral process? Consider two situations: when immigrants have acquired the citizenship of a host country and when they have not.

5.  In the Introduction to the novel “Mother Night,” Kurt Vonnegut, referring to his experience as POV during WWII, concludes: “If I’d been born in Germany, I suppose I would have been a Nazi, bopping Jews and gypsies and Poles around, leaving boots sticking out of snowbanks, warming myself with my secretly virtuous insides.” Is everyone capable of evil? Does it matter if this is evil on a grand or a small scale? If everyone is capable of evil, how can an individual stop short of doing wrong things? What can keep an individual from committing acts of evil? Should an individual be kept from doing evil things even if it means putting external limits on his or her freedoms and the freedoms of other individuals?

6. In the APSA Presidential Address, Jane Mansbridge argues that “the western democratic tradition, anchored in resistance to kings, has focused too much on the possibilities and actualities of tyranny and domination”. What have been the consequences of this orientation espoused by the Western political theory to domestic institutions and practices in democracies and non-democracies worldwide? Has this orientation impacted international institutions and practices?

7. In the opening paragraph of the essay titled “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge” for the Harpers magazine, American educator Abraham Flexner argued: “Is it not a curious fact that in a world steeped in irrational hatreds which threaten civilization itself, men and women – old and young – detach themselves wholly or partly from the angry current of daily life to devote themselves to the cultivation of beauty, to the extension of knowledge, to the cure of disease, to the amelioration of suffering, just as though fanatics were not simultaneously engaged in spreading pain, ugliness, and suffering? The world has always been a sorry and confused sort of place – yet poets and artists and scientists have ignored the factors that would, if attended to, paralyze them. From a practical point of view, intellectual and spiritual life is, on the surface, a useless form of activity, in which men indulge because they procure for themselves greater satisfactions than are otherwise obtainable.” He then pondered on “the question of the extent to which the pursuit of these useless satisfactions proves unexpectedly the source from which undreamed-of utility is derived”. This essay was published in 1939. Based on your educational background (presumably in the social sciences or the humanities or other domains of knowledge), give examples and discuss the advances in the social sciences (with profound consequences for politics, social life, etc.) made possible by “the pursuit of useless satisfactions”, i.e. scholars’ engagement in advancement of “useless knowledge”.

Авторы этих тем надеются, что Вы ознакомитесь с первоисточниками прежде, чем броситесь писать эссе.

Например, для темы 7 это предполагает чтение самого эссе Абрахама Флекснера, хотя и знакомство с одноименной книгой-посвящением будет полезным (или хотя бы с записью представления книги - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb4CyvY54Eg