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SRAS Russian Studies Abroad: Moscow
Moscow, Russian Federation (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: The School of Russian and Asian Studies 
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Lang. of Instruction: English, Russian Housing: Homestay, Residence Hall
Program Type: Internship, Off-Campus Study Areas of Study: Art, Business, Culture, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Internships, Law, Literature, Media Studies, Political Science, Russian, Russian Literature, Russian Studies
Program Description:

Russian Studies Abroad: Moscow

The Next Step in Building Your Career

 

Russian Studies Abroad provides a broad educational foundation for students planning a professional career with ties to Russia. With a program core of intense language study and cultural immersion, combined with courses covering subjects from culture and history to politics and economics, you'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia for your future career in government, business, or academics.


Each session includes a required core of intensive language and culture studies. Regular semester students may then add to this any three electives from a range of choices covering everything from business to politics to art. Summer students have a shorter and more intensive course of language and culture as listed.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

 

- Curriculum -

 

Required Core Courses:

 

LAN 101-303 Russian Language

Courses offered at five different levels, from beginning to advanced. Class size is small (3-5 students) and each level is designed to meet ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) guidelines.

12 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

ART/LIT/SOC/HIS/POL/ECO 381: Russian Studies Seminar

A survey course of Russian society and culture. The course objective is to understand the development of the Russian culture over the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. 

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

Electives (Not Available in Summer; Fall and Spring Students: Choose three + three back-up; Courses offered subject to minimal enrollment.)

 

-Business, Law & Diplomacy Courses-

 

BUS/ECO/POL 342 Political Economy of Russia

This course introduces students to the political economy of Russia, and to a lesser extent, of the other states of the ex-Soviet Union. "Political economy" refers to a strongly interactive process of economic factors driving political decision-making. The course begins with an examination of the command economy of the USSR and proceeds to an examination of perestroika. The major portion of the course is an examination of the policies of the post-Soviet government with a focus on current policies.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

BUS/ECO 534 Russian Business Practice

This course examines economic, political, cultural and demographic conditions and trends that influence business practices and investments in Russia. The course will identify issues managers face in developing countries in key business areas, including finance, marketing, personnel management and organization, production and governmental relations.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

POL 335 Russian Political System

Students will explore Russia’s main political and legal structures, learn about economic reforms and challenges, as well as domestic and foreign policy. The first part of the course (three lectures) provides a brief survey of Russian Imperial and Soviet history and introduces historical legacies that play an important role in Russian politics today. In the second part of the course we will explore in depth contemporary Russia’s political, economic and legal structures and challenges as well as the country’s efforts to find its new place in the world. This course taken with Russian students in English.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

POL 435 Legal Structure in Russia

The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of Russia’s current legal and political system. Topics include the influence of poverty and wealth on the legal and political system, rise of capitalism and its effect on politics, legal and political reforms under the Gorbachev, Yeltzen and Putin administrations, and intellectual property rights.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

POL/BUS 421 Professional Internship

Students participate in a professional internship at a company, not-for-profit organization or law firm. Internship positions include, but not limited to, business (accounting, finance, marketing, etc.), international relations and law. Internships are supervised by MSU faculty and/or KEI Program Coordinator. Credit is awarded based on satisfactory completion of work and academic expectations, including a daily journal and final paper. One credit hour is awarded for every 40 work hours. Note that the internship elective should be paired with either Russian language OR electives only as schedule does not allow for a full class load.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

-Russian Language & Culture Courses-

 

ART 266 Russian Art

Examination of the art of Russia, from icons of the 12th century to contemporary art. Particular attention is given to understanding this art in its cultural and historical context and to the elucidation of the Russian tradition as a part of European art history. Artists discussed include Rublev, Repin, Petrov-Vodkin, Malevich, and Goncharova.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

COM 340 Mass Media in Russia

Introduces the student to the history and development of the various mass media in Russia, including newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, with emphasis on news media. Students also discuss current issues and trends within the context of the new communications environment created by digital information technologies. Attention is given to the role of advertising, public relations, media ownership, and the public in shaping the content of mass communication.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

HIS 371 Russian History

Russian history is much more than leaders and their personalities. The Russian people have been resilient through centuries of chaos, wars, famines and revolution. It is a history rich in culture and texture far different from America's. Russian history is a complex story that has been greatly debated and contested in the west for the past fifty years. We will sample the different interpretations, primary documents and some literature to discuss the evolution of Russia in the twentieth century. Come with enthusiasm and all will be well.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

LIT 223 Russian Literature

A survey of 19th century through contemporary Russian literature, including major works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Babel, Olesha and Zamiatin. Along with issues of narrative technique and style, the course also deals with some of the central questions of the Russian literary tradition: Russia's relation to the East and West, the problem of the "superfluous man," the generation gap between "fathers and sons," the nature of the "moral life," the feasibility of radical social change, issues of the "new man" and "new woman," the role of the intellectual in the "new world."

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

RS 421 Community Internship

Students participate in a community internship at a non-governmental-organization (NGO) or volunteer organization. Internships are supervised by MSU faculty and/or KEI Program Coordinator. Credit is awarded based on satisfactory completion of work and academic expectations, including a daily journal and final paper. One credit hour is awarded for every 40 work hours. Note that the internship elective should be paired with either Russian language OR electives only as schedule does not allow for a full class load.

3 credits. Prerequisites: none

 

For more information, and to apply, click here.

 



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 01-MAR-2018 31-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 01-MAR-2018 31-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 01-MAR-2018 31-MAR-2018 TBA TBA