Summer School 2020Print
"Global Studies in Russia" | 6-15 July 2020
Please submit your applications via the application form before 31 March 2020 if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country, and before 14 April 2020 if you are a citizen of a Schengen or a visa-free country.
THE SUMMER SCHOOL AT A GLANCE
The school will focus on Russia’s global role. After all, Russia is constantly in the news – but do we know much about its actual inner workings and outer ambitions? Is it still ‘a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’, as Churchill famously said, or perhaps 'a normal country', as some suggested after the fall of Communism? We will discuss Russian politics, the historical forces shaping it as well as current trends. We will explore Russia’s role in the post-Soviet region and in the world, interrogating its great power ambitions and tough political manoeuvering as well as its role in the international institutions. We will talk about big business in Russia and the ways it is integrated into the global economy. Delving deeper still, we will look into the attitudes and values of the Russian population, comparing it regionally and internationally. You will learn about Russia – but you will also deepen your knowledge of key political, economic and sociological concepts through the discussions of the Russian case.
Each topic we discuss at the summer school will be covered through a morning session and an afternoon session. The morning session will be a lecture on the topic delivered by one of our instructors. Our instructors are members of the Faculty of International Relations and Politics and hold key expertise in Russian studies. Afternoon sessions will vary. Some of them will be seminars focused on zooming in to the topics covered in the morning session. Others will be exciting activities tailored to connect to the topic, like trips to local businesses, tours to sport facilities, and film screenings. Last but not least, our programme will include a two-day educational retreat to Zelenogorsk, at the Bay of Finland.
RANEPA will award a certificate of attendance to all students who completed the course in its entirety. Everyone who will have received a passing grade will be awarded the following number of credits: 2 ECTS for completion of all in-class sessions, extra 3 credits for an essay on the subject of the school to be submitted two weeks after the school ended.
To be eligible for participation in the summer school applicants should meet the following requirements:
- At least a year of studies at the BA level;
- Good English language skills (at least B2 according to CEFR).
A fee of 7 000 roubles (approximately 100 EUR) is to be paid at arrival. The fee covers the issuing of a visa invitation, transfer to Zelenogorsk and back to St. Petersburg, accommodation and meals in Zelenogorsk.
Students will cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. RANEPA will make a preliminary reservation at the student guest house near the venue. A place in a three-bed room for the whole period of the summer school will cost 2 000 (approximately 30 EUR).
Visa invitations will be provided. For more information about visas, please check a relevant Russian consulate website.