Programme: Students study the nature of Europe and the forces that have shaped it through the disciplines of history, history of ideas, political science and sociology. They also develop proficiency in two modern languages (French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish).
Russian course content: Students develop their language skills and attend courses on Russian history and culture as well as on the social and political structures of Russia.
Residence in Russia: European Studies students spend their third year on an approved course in a university or institute in the country of their major language. In the case of Russia, this could be in Saratov or Moscow.
Elementary to intermediate Russian (the written and spoken language)
Introduction to Russia's past and present (historical, cultural and geo-political issues in Russia)
Intermediate to advanced Russian (the written and spoken language)
Introduction to current political, economic and social issues in Russia
Spent in Russia.
Advanced Russian (the written and spoken language)
Long essay in Russian and presentation
Contemporary Russian society
What students have to say:
European Studies students of Russian have language classes and lectures (in English at first, but later in Russian) on Russian history, politics and culture. Not only are these very interesting in themselves, they also complement the other European Studies subjects. What more could you want?
For me learning Russian, living in Moscow, and studying the culture, history and politics of this vast Eastern neighbour of Europe's, brought a different and balancing dimension to the European Studies programme as a whole. We tend to be accustomed to perceiving of Europe in terms of its more Western representatives. As Europe today plans to expand eastward, a deeper understanding of these countries is becoming increasingly significant.
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