GRINT Centre for Education and Culture: Study Russian Language, Culture, History and Politics in Moscow, Russia

Courses on Russian Culture

Lecture Courses  (Fall, Spring Semesters)

Russian Politics (3 credits)
1. Soviet political system, economy, foreign policy and national policy: factors that first made the Soviet Union strong and later ruined it.
    i. Forced Modernization: Totalitarian Political System in Russia; New Patterns of Leadership; Soviet-Party Apparatus
    ii. Stalinist Foreign Policy: Tradition of the Empire and Communist Messianism.
2. Decline of the Soviet Empire   
  i. Post Stalin Reformist Attempts.
  ii. Decline of the Soviet Empire       
3. Russian Federation 
    i. Perestroika. August Putsch/ The State of Russian Society and Economy after Communism.
    ii. Choosing the Way: Major Approaches to Political and Economic Development. 
4. Weak State, Unwilling People: Main features of Russian Domestic     Politics in 1991-1995. Economy, Money and Criminality
    i. Dismantled State, Split Society, Events in Moscow of 1993
    ii. Privatization and its Effects, Sovereign Bureaucracy
    iii. Economic Role of Criminal Groups.
5. 1998 Crisis: the End of Yeltsin Era. Relationship between Political and Economic Reform in post-Communist Russia
    i. Financial and Political Crisis of August, 1988
    ii. Emergence of Mobilization Economy 
6.  Federal and Ethnic Problems of Russia. CIS: Integration or Disintegration? Post-Soviet tensions. Eurasian Economic Commonwealth
    i. Russian Federation and Necessary Changes. Budgetary Federalism
    ii. "Domestic Secessionists". War in Chechnya.
    iii. Organizing the Post-Soviet Space: Different Models.
7. The Putin Era
    i. Property Management, Natural Monopolies
    ii. Fiscal Crisis, Taxation Reform
    iii. Social Reform
    iv. Defense Reform
8. The Medvedev Era  
        i. modernization – the new age of Russian history?
        ii. Foreign policy:  NATO, CIS, Oil, Gas
        iii. Perezagruska in Russia – US relations

Russian Civilization 2 (3 credits)
Introduction to Russian Culture in the XX and XXI centuries
1. Introduction. Russian empire at beginning of the 20th century. Revolution, reaction and reform, 1905-1914.
War and revolution, 1914-1917. Russian culture of the “Silver Age”.
2. The first Soviet decade, 1917-1928. Early Soviet culture and art.
3. The politics of Stalinism, 1928-41. War and Reconstruction, 1941-53. Soviet Culture under Stalin, 1929-53.
Architectural monuments of the Stalin era.
4. Soviet Union after Stalin: the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras, 1953-82. Soviet life, culture and arts, 1953-85. Traditions and customs of the late Soviet era. Holidays.
5. Gorbachev and the collapse of the Soviet Union, 1985-91. Russian life during “perestroika”. The fall of ‘the iron curtain’. Foreign cultural invasion to the Soviet / Russian life.
6. Post-Soviet Russia from Yeltsin to Putin, 1991-2008. Russians abroad, Foreigners in Russia. The perception of Russia in the West and the West in Russia.
7. Russian civilization in historic perspective. Mass culture, new technologies and globalization of the world – and their influence to the Russian culture and mentality. Discussion.

Russia Today course (3 credits)
1. Analysis of the current political and economic situation.
2. The social and economic situation of the population (key elements). The living standard.
3. The economy of the transitional period: 1991 - 1993, 1993 - 1997.
4. The crisis of August 1998 and its consequences.
5. Meetings with Russian politicians. Discussion of current social and political issues.
6. Social opinion and recent events in the economic sphere ("new Russians", oligarchs, etc).
7. Visit to the State Duma (Russian Parliament). Meeting with Members of the State Duma.
8. Problems concerning the political and economical integration of the regions of Russian and NIS countries.
9. Problems of societal and state security. Visit to the KGB Museum.
10. Industry in Russia. Visit to Gzhell ceramic factory.
11. Russia and the world: entering a new millennium.
12. The Russian education system.
13. Russian values and the corporate system of management in a modern Russia.
14. The demographic situation in Russia: trends and perspectives.
15. Visit to World War II Museum

Russia and the West  course (3 credits)
1. Russian Foreign Policy: Roots and Settings
2. Soviet Foreign Policy from Cold War to Cold Peace
3. Foreign Policy Decision-Making in Russia
4. Russia and the European Union
5. Russia and NATO
6. Russia in the multi-polar world
7. Russian-US relations
8. The Prospects of Russian Foreign Policy

Russia and the Newly Independent States (NIS) course (3 credits)
1. The formation and development of the USSR
2. National problems in the Soviet Union. Collapse of the Soviet Empire.
3. The Russian Federation and the Near Abroad.
4. Russia and the Baltic States
5. Russia and Ukraine
6. Russia and the Central Asia states
7. Russia and the Caucasus
8. Newly Independent States: Integration vs. nationalism
Course War and Peace in Russian History of 20th century (3 credits)
1. Russia in World War I
2. Russian Revolution and Civil war 1917-1922
3. Russia in World War II
4. Cold war: Russian perspective
5. Russia and regional conflicts
6. War and Culture in Russian history
7. War in 20th century Russian Literature
8. Soviet & Russian war memorials and complexes.
Modern Russian History
1. The Political Development of Russia, 1991-2007.
2. The Multiparty System in Russia. The Armed Forces of Russia: Problems and Perspectives.
3. The Political Role of Mass Media, Advertising and PR.
4. Corruption: the Roots of the Problem.
5. The Social Nature of the Russian State.
6. A Changing Russia in a Changing World. Foreign Policy of Russia and International Realities. The Future of Russia: Civil Society or the Authoritarian State.

Introduction to Russian Culture and Art of 11th - 20th centuries.
The course is aimed at giving the basic outline of key concepts and problems of Russian culture in historic perspective from the state's inception to the 20th century. The course consists of lectures supplemented by field trips to museums, places of historic interest, theatres, etc.
Russia and the West
1. Russian Foreign Policy: Roots and Settings
2. Soviet Foreign Policy from Cold War to Cold Peace
3. Foreign Policy Decision-Making in Russia
4. Russia and the European Union
5. Russia and NATO
6. Russia in the multi-polar world
7. Russian-US relations
8. The Prospects of Russian Foreign Policy

Lecture courses: 
Photo Gallery
Winter entertainment
We met in Moscow
Victory Park
The mystery of the Red Square