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10. Рarty system and political parties in modern russia in the context of democracy development


1. Consumer Behavior

Major: PR and advertising (M.A.)
Status: core
ECTS: 4
Chair: Marketing and Advertising
Faculty: State management
Professor: Tarasenko E.A. Tel.: 8-906-799-47-83 e-mail: Elenatar05@mail.ru

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Description
Consumer Behavior and Analysis Course examines the consumer decision-making process and its societal, environmental, group, and economic determinants. Includes research, analysis and strategy development in consumer motivations, values, wants, needs, and behavior.

Consumer Behavior and Analysis Course explores consumer behavior that is specific to the Internet and analyzes methods that motivate consumers to purchase products and/or services. The emphasis of this course is to identify specific Internet marketing campaigns and gauge their success and/or failure in inspiring the consumer to purchase the product or service. One approach studied is personalized marketing—a valuable tactic which allows an Internet marketer to track specific consumer interests and make suggestions on future purchases. This course examines how to develop Internet marketing plans that incorporate a consumer behavioral analysis.

Key Course Concepts

· Perceptual, memory, and learning systems as related to consumer knowledge

· Motivation, involvement and values underlying consumer behavior

· Attitudes, attitude change and persuasion

· Individual and family decision making

· Group and subcultural influences on consumption

Course Outline

· Introduction on Consumer Behavior

· Motivation, Involvement and Values

· Lifestyles and Psychographics

· Attitudes, Theories and Models

· Persuasion through Communication

· Examination of the Internet Consumer

· Consumer Behavior and Design Principles

· Personalized Marketing and its Interactive Components

· Analysis Methodologies

Internet Consumer Behavior Case Studies




2. Party system and party politics in modern Russia
Major: Political Consulting
Status: elective
ECTS: 2
Chair: Political Sociology
Faculty: Department of sociology
Professor: Nataliya Velikaya, Doctor of Political Sciences

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Course structure: The course is dedicated to the evolution of political party system in modern Russia from the 90-th of XX century. Periods of party building, changes of legislation about parties, developing of organizational structure of party and its subsidiaries in regions are observed. Parties as subjects of analyze are considered according different theoretical and methodological approaches.

Considering developing of parties in the broad context it is shown how party politics and parties activity influence public opinion and perceptions of parties as political institutions. Electoral sympathies and results of elections on federal, regional and local level are viewed as well. Parties preferences are analyzed in the terms of the system of values and attitudes. It s also supposed to consider ideological grounds of different political parties and organizations and how different ideological principles are transforming in concrete social context.

Electoral strategies of political parties and political advertising used during last electoral cycles. Additional attention will be paid to the paradoxes of party building in modern Russia, to special Russian Phenomena as Party of Power or lack of strong institualized opposition.

Each topic supposes individual case-study or practical empirical work for further discussion in group.

Teaching methods: Lectures and discussions on the basis of assigned literature (in English and in Russian, if the students read Russian), interpreting of sociological empirical data and presenting individual projects. During the class we will analyze not only the issue itself, but also the scholars’ approach to the issue, their position and argumentation. This seminar course is offered primarily to MA students.
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3. 20th century Russian literature

Major: Russian language & literature
Status: Elective
ECTS: 2
Department: English language department
Professor: Kovalevskaya T.V. tkowalewska@yandex.ru (499) 250-6505

Course description:
The course includes 16 classes: 10 lectures and 6 seminars. It aims to familiarize the students with the general trends in the late 19th - early 20th century Russian literature before the revolution, during the Soviet times, and after the collapse of the USSR in the 1991. The reading list includes Silver Age poetry and prose, works by M. Gorky, I. Babel, M. Bulgakov, N. Ostrovsky, M. Zoshchenko, A. Akmatova, B. Pasternak, V. Pelevin, and others. The lectures serve to give the students a brief introduction to the Russian history and culture and to provide them with the tools necessary to perform their own analysis of selected works from the syllabus; their readings of individual literary works will be presented at seminars to be further discussed with in class. The course requirements include class presentations, participation in class discussion, and two papers: a mid-term paper of 10-15 pages, and a final paper of 20-25 pages. 
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4. Lesser-known Dostoevsky

Major: Russian language & literature
Status: Elective
ECTS: 2
Department: English language department
Professor: Kovalevskaya T.V. tkowalewska@yandex.ru (499) 250-6505

Course description:
The course includes 16 classes which combine lectures and class discussions. The reading list includes Dostoevsky’s lesser-known (among non-specialists) works: The Poor Folk, The Notes from the House of the Dead, The Notes from the Underground, The Gambler, as well as some stories included in The Diary of the Writer. The aim of the course is to give the students the general understanding of Dostoevsky’s aesthetics and socio-philosophical anthropology and also to introduce them to his less well-known thoughts concerning the crucial points of his metaphysics and the philosophy of history. The course requirements include participation in class discussion and two papers: a mid-term paper of 10-15 pages, and a final paper of 20-25 pages.
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5. Dostoevsky’s Major Works
Major: Russian language & literature
Status: Elective
ECTS: 2
Department: English language department
Professor: Kovalevskaya T.V. tkowalewska@yandex.ru (499) 250-6505

Course description:
The course includes 16 classes which combine lectures and class discussions. The reading list includes the four classic novels: Crime and Punishment, The Demons, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. The aim of the course is to give the students the general understanding of Dostoevsky’s aesthetics and socio-philosophical anthropology. The course requirements include participation in class discussion and two papers: a mid-term paper of 10-15 pages, and a final paper of 20-25 pages. 
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6. Russian poetry of the Silver Age
Major: Russian as a foreign language; Russian language & literature
Status: Elective
ECTS: 2
Department: English language department
Professor: Kovalevskaya T.V. tkowalewska@yandex.ru (499) 250-6505

Course description:
The course includes 16 classes: 4 lectures and 12 seminars. It aims to familiarize the students with the general trends in the Silver Age poetry, including Symbolism, Acmeism, Futurism, etc. Lectures serve as general introduction to the brief history of Russia and culture, and to the general principles of analyzing poetry, including formal analysis. The syllabus includes, among other, poems by V. Bruisov, A. Blok, A. Akhmatova, O. Mandelshtam, N. Gumilev, V. Mayakovsky, V, Khlebnikov, M. Tsvetaeva. After one or two sample poem analyses presented by the lecturer, the students present their own readings of the poems they select from the reading list. The course involves an active use of various visual aids, and students are encouraged to draw upon non-visual arts such as music. The course requirements include class presentations, participation in class discussion, and two papers: a mid-term paper of 10-15 pages, and a final paper of 20-25 pages.



7. Communication geography

Major: PR
Status: Elective
ECTS: 2
Chair: Theory and Practice of Public Relations
Faculty: History, Political Science and Law
Professor: Dr. Prof. Klyagin Sergey

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 The course introduces students to studying communication geography as the newest communication studies applied subdiscipline (Falkenheimer and Janson, 2006). Conceptually the course is based on the consrtuctionist approach to communication and on investigating the ‘spacial communicagtion practices’. Topics are purposed to a row of the issues, concerning socail environment of communication actors activities, figuring out space and regional boundaries and interactions, space communication stereotypes, mediatization at urbanization and counter-urbanization processes, placemaking, social cohision and mobilities. The course is addressed students who study communications theories and practices (PR & advertising), political science, tourism. Class sessions include lectures and discussions. The course is suggested collaboratively with the scholars and researchers of specialised departments at the National Communication Association (USA) and European Communication and Research Association.



8. Management
Major: Management studies
Status: Major specific
ECTS: 1.3
Chair: management
Faculty: management
Professor: Ksenia A. Chistyakov tel.: 8 903 157-96-87 e-mail: cka@land.ru

Annotation:
Course structure. The main topics of the course: The major Western approaches in management; The External Environment; The Internal Environment.
Teaching methods: Lectures according to the teaching plan and discussions on its basis. The students are obliged to prepare reports or informational announcements every week as per the tasks given.


9. Historical science and political practice in Russia/ La science historique et la pratique de l`activite politique en Russie
Major: Historical studies/Histoire
Status: Major specific
ECTS: 3
Chair: Chair of audiovisual documents and archives
Faculty: Technical archives and documents
Professor: Grigory Lanskoy/ Grigori Lanskoi: professor, doctor of historical sciences

Annotation:

Course structure: The course is devoted to the experience of development of Russian historical science in the political conditions of soviet and contemporary Russian époque. It presents the main problems of historical researches concerned the political, economical and intellectual history of Russia during the period of XIX – XX centuries. In the terms of historiographic sources there will be analyzed not only the scientific works (books, articles) but also the works of political and ideological leaders made the great influence on the soviet historical science.

Reseau de cours: Le cours est consacre a l`experience de developpement de science historique russe dans les conditions politiques de l`époque sovietique et post-sovietique. Dans leur contenu se presentent les problemes principales des etudes historiques sur l`histoire politique, economique et intelectuelle de la Russie au period des XIX – XX siecles. Parmi les sources historiographiques il est prevu d`analyzer pas uniquement les travaux scientifiques (monographies, articles) mais aussi les oeuvres des homes politiques et chefs de ideologie quels sont faire un grand influence a la science historique a l`URSS et a la Russie contemporaine.

Teaching methods: The structure of course allows to organize the discussions concerned the specifity of development of soviet and post-soviet historical mind with the attraction to most actual problems (for example to history of reforms and revolutions in Russia). During the cours it will be possible to present the results of historiographic etudes concerned the different themes and to take a consultation concerned the future scientific work.

Methodes de l`etude: La conception de cours donnera la possibilite a organiser le debats sur la specifite de developpement de science historique a l`époque sovietique et post-sovietique dans une domains de themes le plus actuelles (p.ex. l`experience des reformes et des revolutions en Russie). Pendant les seminaries il sera possible a montrer l`experience personnel des etudes de l`historiographie et a recevoir la consultation sur les perspectives des futures etudes.     

10. Рarty system and political parties in modern russia in the context of democracy development

Outline

The course is devoted to the evaluating process of forming modern party system in Russian from the end of 80th till nowadays in the context of theory of political culture, transit theory and three stages of democratization.

One of the most difficult obstacles facing the new transitive democracies in their efforts at democratic consolidation is weakly institutionalized party systems.

Different approaches to the studying parties (institutional approach and cultural (values) approach) make it possible to estimate different aspects of party building in post-soviet Russia.

Periods of party building are considered in the conditions of the main factors determining party building process, including actual laws, electoral base, cultural and political attitudes and values.

Examining paradoxes of party building in modern Russia the main results and features of different presidents terms are presented.

Results of elections at federal and regional level, participating of people in party activities, level of confidence are described in the term of social statistics and public opinion.

Peculiarities of political values and political behavior in different regions of Russia are analyzed as well as activities of system political actors and opposition.

Lectures contains a lot of data of concrete sociological surveys, examples of publicities, illustrations.


Course and seminar lecturer:

Prof. Nataliya Velikaya, Doctor of Political Sciences; Head of department of Political Sociology.

Email: natalivelikaya@gmail.com

Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday - 10.00-12.00

Course objectives:

Main goal of the course: is to familiarize student with the origins and evolution of parties in modern Russia, their organizational structure and ideological profiles.

Through this course,

Students should know:

-peculiarities of political spectrum in modern Russia, main political actors and participants of elections;

- methods for analyzing activities of the parties;

- evolution of party system in Russia during post-soviet period;

- main theoretical concepts about political parties;

-main approaches for studying of political and electoral activity;

- structure of political system in Russia and character of mutual relations of political parties and state;

- main mechanism of party building and legislative base for party activity;

Students should be able:

- estimate dominating values and purposes in public consciousness, which can be base for uniting of different political groups;

- analyze and interpret results of empiric researches in political sphere related with political parties;

- use concrete indicators and criteria for estimating effectiveness of party activity;

- elaborate the instruments for research projects and carry out individual research according offered problem;

- analyze, describe and forecast activity of political parties in modern Russia.

Requirements:

Seminar activity - 20%

Individual research projects – 40%

Essay – 20%

Final exam – 20%

Seminar activity supposes:

  • regular attendance (not less than 6 class of 10 )

  • active participation in the class, critical presentation of one of the reading in class with 2-3 questions for discussion;

  • sharing current relevant news about activity of the political parties.

Essay

The paper (approximately 7-8 pages, double-spaced, 14-point font ) should be related to one of the offered topic and should also include important trends and issues since 2005. ( Look list of the topic below)

Individual research projects

  1. Comparative content –analyze of websites of parliamentary parties of RF (offer the model of analysis and make the table with results of it)

  2. Electoral base of one of Parliamentary parties (Download one of survey devoting to the rates of the political parties before last elections and make factor analysis (choose criteria yourself). Use SPSS package

Final exam suppose oral conversation with teacher according list of the exam questions.

Course schedule:

  1. Studying political parties and party competitions

Questions :

Types of political party systems and how they connect with electoral formula

Typology of parties

2. Democratic transit in Russia and formation of party system in early post-Soviet period

Questions:

Why democratization is linked with activity of the parties

Why in Russia the model of super-president republic won

3.Party building and structures of political parties in modern Russia

Questions:

How the law about political parties determines the organizational structure of the parties and quantities of its subsidiaries

4.Evaluating of party system (2000-2015)

Why party system

5.Models of party competitions at federal and regional levels

6. Ideological resources of modern Russian parties

7.Parties of power as post-soviet phenomena and it s peculiarities in Russia

8.Left and right wings of political spectrum and it’s prospects

9.Political parties at governors’ and mayor’s elections

10. Political opposition in Russia : risks and opportunities

11.Electoral orientations and voting for parties

12.Dynamics of electoral results and electoral forecast

Required reading

Aldrich (2011) Why parties? U of Chicago press

Katz and Mair (1995) “Changing Models of party Organisation and party Democracy”

Dahl (1990) Party systems and Patterns of Oppositions”

Lipset and Rokkan (1967) Cleavage stractures? Party systems and voters alignments: an introduction” Free press

Lipset (2000) “on the Indispensability of parties”

Junda ( )



11. Political culture and political changes in russia (хх-ххi centuries)

Outline

The course is devoted to the historical sociological analysis of the political culture and it s influence on political changes during later Soviet period, post -Soviet period and our times. Using values and institutional approaches it is shown how the political culture and political institutes interacted each other. It will discuss Russia’s transition from Communist to post-Communist rule, and will examine the key features of Russia’s political system. Particular focus is placed on how ordinary people are affected by systemic social and political change and how they can or cannot shape political outcomes.

It will consider a range of challenging questions: Can we define Russia as a democracy? What were the main barriers in the way toward democracy? Why is Russia more democratic than some states of the former Soviet Union and less democratic than others? How do ordinary people experience political and economic transition? What kind of political system do ordinary Russians want?

Lectures contains a lot of data of concrete sociological surveys, examples of publicities, illustrations.


Course and seminar lecturer:

Prof. Nataliya Velikaya, Doctor of Political Sciences.

Email: natalivelikaya@gmail.com

Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday - 10.00-12.00


Course objectives:

- to develop a critical understanding of the key political actors and processes in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia

-to estimate the evaluating of values system in the context of democratic process

- to provide a comprehensive introduction to contemporary Russian politics


Through this course,

Students should know:

- methods for analyzing political system and political culture;

- a variety of fundamental Russian political ideas.

- most important political institutes and main political actors of Russian politics;

- evolution of Russian political system from soviet to modern period;

-main approaches for studying of political and electoral activity;


Students should be able:

- examine methodological and epistemological problems in the

study of culture and the strengths and weaknesses of various kinds of data.


- estimate dominating values and purposes in public consciousness;

- analyze and interpret results of empiric researches in political sphere related with political culture and electoral activity;

- elaborate the instruments for research projects and carry out individual research according offered problem;


Requirements:

Seminar activity - 40%

Individual research projects – 30%

Essay – 15%

Final exam – 15%


Seminar activity supposes:

  • regular attendance (not less than 10 class of 14 )

  • active participation in the class, critical presentation of one of the reading in class with 2-3 questions for discussion;

  • sharing current relevant news about activity of the political parties.


Essay

The paper (approximately 7-8 pages, double-spaced, 14-point font ) should be related to one of the offered topic and should also include important trends and issues since 2005.


Individual research projects

  1. Comparative analyze of results of all-Russian surveys during last 20 years devoted to electoral orientations or political values and beliefs or approval ratings

  2. Content analysis of the speeches of one of political leaders of modern Russia.

Final exam suppose oral conversation with teacher according list of the exam questions.

Course schedule:

1.Introduction: Russian History and Political Culture
2.The main approaches to the studying political culture
3. The Rise of the Soviet Union and historical memory about soviet period
4. Perestroika and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
5. Political and Economic Reforms of the 1990s (i)
6. Political and Economic Reforms of the 1990s (ii)
7.Forming of Russian federalism: centre, regions and localities
8. The Executive Branch and the Presidency in modern Russia
9. Peculiarities of the legislative power (electoral dynamics and main political actors of the electoral process)
10. Political participation and political socialization in Russia
11. Elections and Voting
12. Political Parties and their Substitutes
13. Russian Orthodox Church and its role in modern life of Russia
14. Classifying Russian Political System: Democracy or Authoritarianism?



12. State and local politics

Course Description

This course examines state and local political institutions and practices in the context of Russian Federalism. It cover a wide range of questions connected with system of public administrations in Russia, with methods of social diagnostics of actual acticities of central regional and local power. We will be examining the general structure and behavior of state government across all subjects of Federation in Russia. Emphasis is placed on procedural and policy differences as well as political issues in state, regional, and local governments. Electoral activities and ways to form different levels of power are also studying in the context of geographical and cultural differences of regions of Russia.

The models of regional and local governing are estimated according their effectiveness.

Lectures contains a lot of data of concrete sociological surveys, examples of publicities, illustrations.

Course and seminar lecturer:

Prof. Nataliya Velikaya, Doctor of Political Sciences.

Email: natalivelikaya@gmail.com

Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday - 10.00-12.00

At the end of the course, you should have the basic foundation and knowledge of state political institutions.

Course Objectives and Goals

The course has several goals, including:

1. covering the unique features of state governments, focusing on theoretical frameworks of political institutions, political behavior, and public policies of the various subjects.
2. examining the changing role of the republics, oblasts and municipalities in their relationships with the federal government.
3. exploring issues regarding a public policy at the state and local level.

Course Requirements

Through this course,

Students should know:

- The basic theoretical concepts of public administration;
- The levels of state and local administrations in Russia;
- The main areas of public administration in the Russian Federation;
- Distinctions and specifics between public and municipal administrations;
- Ways of forming the main effectors in Russia;
- The characteristics and principles of forming the management models in state and municipal areas of the administration in Russia;
- The mechanisms of influence and social control over the actions of the governmental authorities.

Students should be able: - To evaluate the reflection of various aspects of political decision making at the local and state levels in the Russian Federation;
- To analyze the results of empirical research on state and municipal administration;
- To use the specific indicators and criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the state and municipal administration.

Requirements:

Seminar activity - 40%

Individual research projects – 30%

Essay – 15%

Final exam – 15%

Seminar activity supposes:

  • regular attendance (not less than 6 class of 10 )

  • active participation in the class, critical presentation of one of the reading in class with 2-3 questions for discussion;

  • sharing current relevant news about activity of the political parties.

Essay

The paper (approximately 7-8 pages, double-spaced, 14-point font ) should be related to one of the offered topic and should also include important trends and issues since 2005.

Individual research projects

  1. Description of system of public administration in one of the regions of Russia

  2. Analyzing the results of mayor elections during last electoral cycle.

Final exam suppose oral conversation with teacher according list of the exam questions.

Schedule

1. The methodological bases of state and municipal administration.
2. The specific features of state and municipal government in Russia of the XX- XXI century: between centralization and decentralization.
3. The vertical power system of governance in Russia. The Presidency.
4. The features of the legislative power in Russia: problems of formation and functioning.
5. The features of Russian federalism.
6. The organization of local government and municipalities in Russia.
7. The administration system in federal cities (Moscow and St. Petersburg).
8. The Public Service in the Russian Federation.
9. The problems of mutual relations between the authorities and society: new practices.
10. Sociological view on the state and municipal management in practice.





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