Duration: 1-2 weeks
Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: business, international relations, culture, Russian language, sociology
Training methods: lectures, case studies, field trips, role games.
Focus group: students, teaching staff and working professionals
The course's main goal is to give students a coherent knowledge of Russia's historical background relevant to its realities of the last two decades, to analyze the major lines of the country's transformation theory and its practical implementation, to reveal and evaluate achievements and failures of ultra-liberal recipes for the post-Communist modernization and its most prominent features thus contributing for better understanding of Russia's present stage of development.
Most of the lectures are held in the museums with original monuments of art. St. Petersburg is the site for a number of world-class museums as well as architectural masterpieces. Students will study Russian art, including medieval icons; early, modern, and contemporary paintings; folk art; cathedrals; palaces and monuments.
A survey of the historic political forces molding the world today, with a focus on national-state and international organization. Topics will include causes of international conflicts, overview of global problems: security, economy, ecology, demography, culture, and position of Russia in contemporary international relations.
- St.Petersburg of the Romanovs
The course presents an introduction to the origins and the enthronement of the Romanovs' dynasty; the analysis of Peter the Great activities, reforms and the foundation of St. Petersburg represented by the earliest structures of the future capital; the events proceeding abundantly illustrated both by historical records and the city's landmarks.
Imagine reading Russian literature on the banks of the Neva River or visiting the former apartments of famous Russian Writers. Students will study the works of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gogol, and Turgenev. The lectures explain the dynamics of literary process and also demonstrate the connection between literature and other artistic movements.
4 levels of courses are provided. The courses aim at improving students' skills in practical Russian, both oral and written. Standard university program is based on the synthetic approach: there are different classes/aspects on grammar, phonetics, reading/writing, conversation, etc. The courses include classes on Russian Conversation, Grammar, Reading and Civilization.
All courses can be combined into a tailor-made program on the request at agreed time