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Summary of Degree Programme

Field of Studies

41.04.04 Political Science

Approved by
Order №6.18.1-01/1508-10 dated 15.08.2014
Last Update
Protocol №01/п dated 04.07.2019
Network Programme

No

Length of Studies, Mode of Studies, Credit Load

2 years

Full-time, 120

Language of Instruction

ENG

Instruction in English

Track(s)
Human Rights and Democratic Governance, Public Policy Analysis
Degree Level

Master

Double-degree Programme

Yes

Competitive Advantages

The program combines the conceptual and evidence – based learning traditions of the American and European approaches to Public Policy, the teaching staff represents both Russian and foreign academic schools. The program has two equally important concentrations: Public Policy Analysis - focusing on development of analytical competencies in various policy fields; Human Rights and Democratic Governance - providing opportunities for professional growth in the fields of development policies and human rights protection. The program was the first of its kind in Russia and is analogous to the European Master's in Human Rights.  Been taught in English program unites students from all over the world. The professors also have very diverse professional experience representing the renowned Russian and foreign universities like University of Bern (Switzerland), University of Cambridge (UK), Latrobe University (Australia), University of Toronto (Canada). The program offers its best students an opportunity to participate in academic mobility programs with the University of Bologna (Italy), Science Po Lyon (France), University of Turin (Italy) and other partner universities.

Professional Activities and Competencies of Programme Graduates

It is a practice-oriented program which is developing skills needed to articulate issues of public concern, analyze existing policies and suggested alternatives, facilitate the adoption and implementation of policy decisions on specific public choices, and evaluate their effects. The goal is to educate professional analysts capable to deal with complex public policy issues and with the problems of human rights implementation in different countries of the modern world.

 

Universal Competencies, allowing them to:

-  acquire new research methods in policy analysis

-  apply them to a particular policy field

-  assess completeness of information needed to make an informed policy decision

-  organize multiparty communications needed for a collective decision.

 

 General Professional Competencies of the graduates include their ability to:

- assess, analyze and model socio-political processes

- explore these processes on local, regional, national and global level

- rely on empirical data and apply relevant policy analysis methodology

- engage in and facilitate decision-making process concerning policy options.

 

 Regarding field-specific professional competencies, our graduates are able to:

-  apply up-to-date research findings in Political Science and related discipline

-  use modern empirical databases, including those from foreign sources

-  analyze empirical data from political, economic and sociological research

-  apply in their research latest qualitative and quantitative methods

-  organize and carry out research and practical issue-based projects

-  address social problems and issues of human rights implementation

-  analyze and organize political and human rights citizen campaigns

-  establish and manage communication with state and municipal bodies

-  engage in productive dialogue with interested social groups

-  create solutions to social problems

-  prepare analytical materials and proposals to decision-makers in policy      

 

Described competencies allow program graduates to perform the following Professional Tasks:

- Expert and Analytical Activities

- Project Activities

- Administrative Activities

- Research and Teaching Activities

- Communications and Consulting Activities

Programme Modules

The Master’s degree in Political Analysis and Public Policy is a practice-oriented program which develops the skills needed to critically examine issues of public concern, analyze existing policies and propose alternatives, enable the implementation of policy decisions which derive from public choices, and evaluate their effects. The goal is to educate professional analysts capable of dealing with complex public policy issues and with practically implementing human rights in different countries around the modern world.
Upon completing Master's Program, the graduates possess
Universal Competencies, allowing them, among other things, to
-  learn new research methods in policy analysis
-  apply them to particular policy field
 - assess the completeness of information needed to make an informed policy decision
 - organize multiparty communications needed for a collective decision.
 General Professional Competencies of the graduates include, among others,
their ability to
- assess, analyze and model socio-political processes
- explore these processes on local, regional, national and global scales
- utilize empirical data through applying a relevant policy analysis methodology
- engage in and facilitate decision-making processes concerning policy options.


 Regarding field-specific Professional Competencies, our graduates are able to
-       apply up-to-date research findings in Political Science and related disciplines
-       use modern empirical databases, including those from foreign sources
-        analyze empirical data from political, economic and sociological research
-        apply in their research the latest qualitative and quantitative methods
-        organize and carry out research and practical issue-based projects
-        address social problems and issues of human rights implementation
-        analyze and organize political and human rights citizen campaigns
-        establish and manage communication with state and municipal bodies
-        engage in productive dialogue with interested social groups
-        create solutions to social problems
-        prepare analytical materials and proposals to decision-makers who are part of the
policy process

Our program’s study plan aims to educate and train public policy researchers and practitioners of policy work, including those with expertise in human rights and democratic governance. The program structure ensures the acquisition of strong theoretical and methodological competencies in policy sciences in the first year, which is followed by an in-depth focus on specialized knowledge and professional skills to be able to analyze, assess and make recommendations to decision makers on particular topics in different policy fields and human rights issues.

Core courses
provide knowledge on key tendencies in the development of political science, theoretical aspects of public policy studies and methodological aspects of social research with particular focus on conceptualization, operationalization, comparative framework and the development of proper research design. The compulsory courses of the program also include qualitative and quantitative methods of social research and teach students to apply public policy theories in different socio-political environments. Students are also provided with the courses related to issues of human rights and democratic governance with a focus on the analysis of stakeholders involved in policymaking and particular features of conflict management, mediation and advocacy practices.

Elective courses
cover a broad range of topics and disciplines, which are geared towards solid preparation in one of the program’s two concentrations.
For the policy analysis concentration we offer courses in various fields of public policy, including social policy, education and innovation policy, security and defense policy, urban policy, media policy and others.
For the concentration in human rights and democratic governance, the offered courses are focused on the analysis and practices of certain rights and freedoms, such as minority rights, rights of migrants, freedom of expression, consciousness and  religion, as well as human rights in non-western societies, and the mechanisms of human rights protection and humanitarian actions.

Research seminar
begins in the first year of studies and is designed to provide students with basic research and analysis skills for the study of public policy and human rights. Students learn how to select a research topic, formulate a clear research problem and question and develop a research design suited to their topic of interest. Students also learn how to find,  collect and summarize empirical data, which are then subject to further analysis and interpretation. On completing the course, students acquire competencies in initiating, organizing and carrying out a research project through applying relevant methods and techniques in policy analysis, implementation and monitoring in various fields.
During the first year, the research seminar is focused on helping prepare students’ Term Paper; on the second year it is directed towards the more challenging task of developing and writing a Master Thesis.

Project Seminar
is taught in the second year of studies and is focused on providing practical skills in organizing collective project work, which will develop skills that are relevant to their future careers. In the course of the project seminar students engage in team work on specific policy problems or human rights issues and through joint creative work, coordinated by the tutor, develop professional skills which are relevant to managing each stage of the project, from the target setting to the presentation of project results.

Internship
is scheduled in the third module of the second year of studies, lasts 8 weeks and is an important and obligatory part of our curriculum. Students chose their internship organization from the broad list of our partner organizations both in Russia and abroad, based on their study track and the theme of their Master’s Dissertation. 


We plan it as a type of internship geared towards work experience with the goal of further development and the practical mastering of the skills acquired by students during the more theoretical courses. 
The main aim of the internship is to gather and synthesize research and analytical materials for the preparation of the Master’s Thesis.
Other tasks aim to prepare students for their future professional careers, which include developing original scientific ideas and practical proposals relevant to the activities of the internship organization, gain experience of independent research work, and acquire professional skills in organizing and managing communications with state bodies and NGOs working in areas related to public policy and the protection of human rights.

Options for Students with Disabilities

This degree programme of HSE University is adapted for students with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. Special assistive technology and teaching aids are used for collective and individual learning of students with SEN and disabilities. The specific adaptive features of the programme are listed in each subject's full syllabus and are available to students through the online Learning Management System.

Programme Documentation

All documents of the degree programme are stored electronically on this website. Curricula, calendar plans, and syllabi are developed and approved electronically in corporate information systems. Their current versions are automatically published on the website of the degree programme. Up-to-date teaching and learning guides, assessment tools, and other relevant documents are stored on the website of the degree programme in accordance with the local regulatory acts of HSE University.

I hereby confirm that the degree programme documents posted on this website are fully up-to-date.

Vice Rector Sergey Yu. Roshchin

Summary of Degree Programme 'Political Analysis and Public Policy'

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