Courses in Irkutsk

The School in Russia program at Irkutsk State University (ISU) is coordinated through Международный институт экономики и лингвистики. All Russian language courses at ISU are taught by instructors from this institute, while subject courses are taught by instructors from other факультеты and институты of the university. All courses meet for four academic hours per week and include written and oral graded assignments.

Mainstream Classes

Students of advanced-level Russian may choose to pursue one or more classes in the regular departments of ISU, in place of any of the standard School in Russia courses. Among the факультеты и кафедры which might be of interest to American students are:

Biology and Soil Science (sub departments: biochemistry, botany and genetics, microbiology, plant physiology and cell biology, soil science, zoology); Chemistry (analytical chemistry, general and non-organic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry); Geography (cartography, economic geography, hydrology, meteorology, physical geography); Geology (general geology, geodynamics, geophysics, oil and gas, mineralogy); Mathematics and Economics (applied mathematics, economics, information systems, mathematical analysis, mathematical economics); Philology (Buryat folklore, language and literature, journalism, Russian folklore, language and literature); Psychology; Physics (experimental physics, general physics, microelectronics, radio electronics, theoretical physics); Social Sciences (cultural studies and social management, regional studies and social resources, social philosophy)

Middlebury Courses

(Just click on a course title below to see the course description.)

Siberia in Modern International Relations

This course covers the history of Siberia, from the 16th century to before the start of the 21st century. or rather from the beginning of the opening and development of Siberian lands to the present day. It focuses on the evolution of the Russian state policy in Siberia over several centuries, on the specifics of the relationship in Siberia as part of Russia with the neighboring countries and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region and its role in international relations at different stages of historical development. Historical and factual, geographic, economic, and political science course material is presented using descriptive and statistical approaches.

Russian Literature

The theme of this course varies each semester, from covering Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, to purely Siberian literature.  Students learn the history surrounding each work, which they then read, discuss, and reflect upon.  The very knowledgeable instructor opens up new meanings of Russian prose and poetry through detailed analysis and discussion.

Historical and Political Aspects of the Baikal Region

The objective of this course is to explore Lake Baikal as a unique natural phenomenon, to study the history and culture of the Baikal region, to consider the variety of challenges that link man to a deep body of water, and to get acquainted with the basics of scientific research.

Post-Soviet Russia

This course covers Russian history from just before the collapse of the Soviet Union until present day.  Students learn about attitudes and perceptions of historical moments in the new Russian Federation from a variety of perspectives, including Siberian, Western Russian, and European. The course focuses on the economic and social processes in play during the Post-Soviet period, as well as the resulting political and cultural changes.  This class is taught by a highly engaging instructor, in a style similar to what students might find in mainstream ISU classes.

Russian Grammar (Core Course)

This course is revised every semester to fit the particular needs of each student group. Russian grammar theory is taught in a practical context, helping students build and reinforce the foundation of their Russian language learning.

Russian Speech Practice (Core Course)

In speech practice, students expand their spoken and written communication skills by researching, discussing, and writing about a range of topics, all designed to challenge their language abilities and stimulate cultural understanding.