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Lecture Courses

Study in Russia in English
During our semesters and summer school sessions we offer various lecture courses. Among the most popular ones are Russian Civilization and Russia Today. Program includes guided visits to the selected museums , art galleries and memorial complexes connected or dedicated to the subjects studied during the courses.
Russia Today
This course provides insight into the history, economy and politics of Russia at the end of the XX- beginning of the XXI centuries, covering the period from the Perestroika and the beginning of transition to the modern Russia to the current days. The course analyzes and focuses on many current controversial challenges of the Russian state, explaining their roots and effects as well as issues connected with them.

The course provides interesting facts and helps students understand the country's complex, often unpredictable, but fascinating course of development.

TOPICS
  1. Economic and social geography of contemporary Russia. Main regions and state structure.
  2. Population, social and ethnic geography. Agricultural and urban development.
  3. Soviet state and political system. Political system of Russian Federation.
  4. System of State management of RF. Russian Federalism.
  5. Education and Science. Space exploration.
  6. Religion in Russia. Russian Orthodox church.
  7. Formation of the CIS: new ways of cooperation.
  8. Russia and the West.
Russian Civilization
This course examines Russian civilization from its beginnings to its modern manifestation. The subject is approached from various theoretical standpoints, with a focus on historical turning points. The course covers major events of Russian history, but mostly of the XX-th Century such as the Great October Revolution, its roots and consequences, formation of the Soviet State, participation of the country in the first and second World Wars, which have remarkably influenced the county's life, its social, political and economic processes.



TOPICS

  1. Introduction. Russian State in IX – XX centuries.
  2. Historical geography and geopolitics. Russian names on the World map
  3. War and peace in Russian history. The Patriotic war of 1812. World War One.
  4. Revolution and civil war and it's reflection in social consciousness and Art
  5. Great Patriotic war ( 1941-1945) and its reflection in Soviet and Post soviet culture and art.
  6. Holidays in Russia (Official dates, religious, traditional).
  7. Russian Nobel Prize laureates.
  8. Russian Diaspora and Russian Mir. Russian Americans and American Russians.
Moscow in the context of the development of Russian architecture in IX-XX centuries
Architectural lecture courses are equally as important. This course provides interesting facts and helps students understand the process of Moscow growth from the early years till today and the development of cities architectural styles in the context of the national traditions and in comparison with European trends. The course includes field trip and on-site visits as well as student guided excursions and quests.
TOPICS
1. Russian Architecture from the beginning to the medieval times. ( Ancient architecture of Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod, Moscow – up to XVI century)
2. Russian Architecture XVI – XX centuries ( from Naryshkin baroque to Soviet modernism)
3. Pushkin Square –"anti-Excursion".
4. Ostozhenka street - Moscow architecture quest

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Program participants
Gallery of the the participants of our semester, academic year and summer programs 2005 - 2016 ( to be continued on other pages)