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Browse course samples and faculty profiles for Russian Studies.

Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS)

Funded by the Carnegie Corporation, GIRS provides unique opportunities for immersive and collaborative learning as students apply their Russian language skills to high-level work with visiting Russian experts.

Sample Courses in Russian Studies

Vladimir Putin and His Russia

Explore the role and the significance of Vladimir Putin’s personality in the evolution of contemporary Russia: its domestic and foreign policy, moral choices and economic standing of the Russian population, and a variety of approaches to analyzing the development of the contemporary Russian state and society.

Traditional and Nontraditional Security Issues in Modern Russia

Explore issues related to topics of nontraditional security such as human security, illegal migration, ecological security, and international and domestic terrorism, and also topics of Russian-American relations, Russian-Chinese relations, and those regarding Russia’s defense capabilities.

Intellectual and Political Discourse in Modern Russia

The course is devoted to studying the intellectual and political discourse of contemporary Russia. Students read, listen, translate, and analyze in Russian, formulating acquired knowledge through writing, discussions, and oral group and individual presentations.

Sociological Overview of Russian Society

Explore a variety of topics concerning the current political, economic and security situation in Russia and how it affects Russia’s citizens. Students learn about Russian politics and society in the 21st century through studying the data of sociological research conducted by Russia’s leading sociological centers.

Faculty

Dmitry Buzadzhi

Visiting Professor

Email: dbuzadzhi@miis.edu
Tel: (831) 647-4185
Office: McCone Building

Anna Vassilieva

Professor; Director, Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies

Email: avassili@miis.edu
Tel: (831) 647-3546
Office: McGowan Building MG208