St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian Language, History and Culture

online course
when 15 February 2021 - 5 March 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 551

The course combines Russian language lessons with covering the key aspects of Russian history and culture from the early Middle Ages to the present. The course will put special emphasis on the social, cultural and gender aspects of Russia’s historical experience, that are often neglected. Moreover, the course explores the present-day institutions, actors and events that shape contemporary Russian culture in the global context. You will learn about St. Petersburg’s rise as a ‘hipster city’ in the 2000s and the functioning of contemporary Russian art institutions.

Course leader

Pavel Vasilyev
Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, Department of History

Target group

The track welcomes participants from various backgrounds (Russian studies, History, Cultural studies etc), including those of you who are currently studying a different subject but want (or need) to learn more about this field. Applicants have to meet a basic entry requirement of being at least 18 years old by February 15, 2021, and being able to study in English (language certificates are not required).

Course aim

Upon successful course completion, students should:

1. Develop a strong command of written and spoken Russian (according to the levels of proficiency);

2. Develop the ability to think critically about major trends and developments in the field of Russian history;.

3. Identify key narratives, actors and institutions of contemporary Russian culture;

4. Plan and carry out an individual or group project related to the field of Russian history, culture, and the politics of commemoration.

Fee info

EUR 551: Tuition fee

Please, note that the amount in Euro is approximate and was calculated according to the exchange rate on the day of the course publication. All the programme payments are to be made in Rubles.

HSE has a wide network of international partners abroad. Make sure to visit our website, and check if you are eligible for our partner discount!
RUB 33: Registration fee (non-refundable)

Please, note that the amount in Euro is approximate and was calculated according to the exchange rate on the day of the course publication. All the programme payments are to be made in Rubles.