Political Philosophy

Taught in Russian

The program is implemented in cooperation between RANEPA and MSSES. Evening classes.

Program Directors - Tatiana Weiser, PhD in Philosophy, PhD in social sciences and humanities from the Université Paris VII, MSSES lecturer, associate professor of RANEPA’s Department of Philosophy and Sociology Gregory Yudin, Ph.D in Philosophy, professor at MSSES, senior lecturer for NRU-HSE's Department of Social Sciences.

The Master’s program "Political Philosophy and Social Theory" is unique in that it combines social philosophy (education in classical and modern social and political thinking) and political science (training and modern approaches to the study of political processes).

Unlike existing political science programs, the graduate program "Political Philosophy and Social Theory" gives a fundamental education in the humanities and teaches philosophical reflection on politics. In contrast to existing philosophy programs, it develops skills of empirical and applied research using the concepts and approaches of modern political science. The program aims to bridge the quality gap between Russian and Western policy research. It prepares professionals capable to study and discuss the Russian reality in the language of contemporary political and philosophical and sociological reflection.

Teachers and content of the program

1. The majority of the courses in the program are taught by Russian researchers, who part of the international academic community, have published in international journals, hold PhDs and have had internships in foreign universities.
2. Additional mini-courses and separate public lectures are held by guest lecturers from universities in Europe and the United States (there are preliminary agreements with the universities: Giessen Universitaet, Universitaet Mainz, Washington University Saint-Louis, The New School New York).
3. Program courses will focus on the connection between classical and modern problems of political philosophy and social theory; they are based on the European and American models of graduate programs in this field.
4. A significant part of the course's bibliographic database is English and translated texts by leading European and American researchers.

What do students and graduates gain from the program?

1. Basic theoretical training in the field of political philosophy and sociology; a command of the conceptual apparatus of modern research for political philosophy and sociology.
2. Independent critical analysis skills for the phenomena of political reality.
3. Inclusion in the international academic community that deals with political philosophy and sociology; research growth prospects in this field.
4. A theoretical basis of political philosophy and sociology for possible research application and expert activity in the field of political forecasting, treatment of social and political conflicts, problem solving in international law, etc.

Our graduates possess all the necessary expertise and resources for a research career in the international academic community, as well as for expertise and consultancy in the field of political analysis. From the start, undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the professors' projects.

Our graduates receive two diplomas:

  • Master of Arts in Sociology University of Manchester (the University of Manchester, UK).

  • state diploma for a master's degree in "Sociology", with a specialization in "Political Sociology" (RANEPA)

Russian and foreign partners of the program:

  • University of Manchester (UK)
  • Department of Social Sciences Giessen Universität (Germany),
  • Washington University Saint-Louis (USA)
  • American Fulbright grant program in Russia
  • British Association for Legal and Social Philosophy.


More information about the program and admission can be obtained from the department administrator: tel. (495) 434-72-82,

Our partnership periodicals invite authors to cooperate:

  • The magazine Sociological Review
  • The magazine Res Publica

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