History of Soviet Civilization

History of Soviet Civilization

Duration: 2 years
Languages of Instruction: Russian
Mode of study: Full-Time
Field of study: 46.04.01 History
Programme name: History of Soviet Civilization
Special conditions: tuition fee waivers available
- Master degree diploma “История” (MSSES, Russia)
- Master of Arts in Public History (University of Manchester, UK)
The programme prepares specialists in the history of Soviet society who can pursue careers of academic researchers and public historians. The focus of the program is on the study of the history of the Soviet people. What was people’s life like in Soviet times? What economic, cultural, and ideological factors shaped people’s lives? This is the first history-related Master's Degree program in Russia, entirely focused on the study of the history of the Soviet past.

This Master Degree programme delivers systemic knowledge related to event history and advanced theories and methods of studying the past (including comparative methods). Students get familiarized with the issues concerning public history studies which make up an essential portion of the programme.

The lecturers are Russian and international researchers of the social, cultural, and economic history of the Soviet period.

The Programme is delivered in Russian. However, to master the program students need to know English, since the course programs are based on both Russian and English literature; a number of optional courses can be taught in English.

The academic supervisor of the programme is Andrey Zorin, Doctor of Philology, Professor of the RANEPA Institute for Social Sciences, Professor of the Oxford University.
People must know, must understand their existence. That is how it happened that they have become who they are. It is impossible to understand present-day Russia without the Soviet period. There is a tendency to approach history: “History is the past.” It was important for us that this was not just a history of the past, but a history that includes the past, but which essentially, necessarily, carries the contemporary knowledge. In the human sciences, history plays a special, unifying role.
Teodor Shanin, founder of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

The Programme is designed for:

  • Russian and foreign Bachelor Degree graduates interested in advancing their academic career or applying their knowledge related to public history;
  • Specialists engaged in culture management who specialize in the representation of the past;

  • Media professionals;
  • Teachers of social and human sciences;

For applicants who do not have a primary history-related background we provide an extra introductory course on Russian history.
Studying at Shaninka has become a test for my professional courage: is it possible to start doing something that I have never done, is it possible to study something that no one else is exploring, and succeed in it? The answer is “Yes”. Especially if there are right people around you who demonstrate an example of such courage.
Ekaterina Zadirko, a graduate of the Public History program, 2019, “Moscow through the Eyes of an Engineer”

Peculiarities and Benefits of the Program

  • New popular profession
  • Evening classes provide an opportunity to combine studies with work
  • International practices and internships
  • Proficiency in the English language
  • Opportunity to get a European diploma without leaving Russia. Graduates of the Program receive two diplomas - a UK Master of Arts in History and a Russian Master Degree diploma in history.

Program Courses

  • History of the Soviet Society and the Soviet State
  • Contemporary Historiography of the History of the USSR
  • History of the Great Russian Revolution (1917-1922)
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Studying History
  • Economic History of the USSR
  • USSR in World War II
  • Project-related Workshop
  • Foreign Language
  • Left-wing Radical Terrorism in Russia in the 20th Century
  • History of the Soviet Childhood
  • Memory of the Soviet in the Post-Soviet Era
  • USSR and the Outside World
  • Cultural Symbols and Emotions in History
  • Conceptualization of the Soviet Times in Contemporary Art and Cinema

  • History of the Soviet School
  • Soviet Society: History Witnessed Through Everyday Life
  • Commemoration Practices: Ways to Create a Personal and Collective Image of the Past
  • Currents in Censored and Uncensored Public Thought
  • History of the Stalinist Culture
  • History of Soviet Traditions and Rituals
  • Biography and Family Memories in Historical Research
  • Instrumentalization of History in Media
  • Historical Informatics: Digital Reconstruction and Representation of the Past
  • Historical Studies of Nationalism
  • An Introduction Course on the History of Russia in the 13th – 20th centuries
  • Academic Writing

Lecturers and Course Authors:

  • A.L. Zorin, doctor of philology, professor of Oxford University, associate professor of the Department of the Russian Literature History, Russian State University for the Humanities, professor of the Department of Human Studies, RANEPA Institute of Social Sciences, member of the editorial board of New Literary Review, Slavic Review (USA), Cahiers de Monde Russe (France), author of the Public History program.
  • R.B. Konchakov, head of the Program, candidate of historical sciences, associate professor, head of the Public History program, head of the MSSES Department of History.
  • V.S. Dubina, candidate of historical sciences, associate professor of the MSSES Department of History, member of the Russian Association for Women's History, author of the Public History program.
  • K.N. Morozov, doctor of historical sciences, professor of the Department of Human Sciences, RANEPA Institute of Social Sciences, deputy chairman of the Memorial Scientific Information and Educational Center.
  • A.I. Miller, doctor of historical sciences, professor at the European University at Saint Petersburg and a recurrent visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest. Editor of the Outskirts of the Russian Empire (Historia Rossica) series (NLO publishing house.)
  • I.V. Kukulin, candidate of historical sciences, associate professor, senior researcher at the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II, National Research University of the Higher School of Economics, senior researcher at the SHAGI Laboratory for Historical and Cultural Studies.
  • M.L. Mayofis, candidate of philological sciences, associate professor, senior researcher at the SHAGI Laboratory for Historical and Cultural Studies.
  • A.Yu. Volodin, candidate of historical sciences, associate professor of the Department of Historical Informatics, Faculty of History, Moscow State University.
  • I.V. Glushchenko, candidate of culturology, associate professor at the School of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, National Research University of the Higher School of Economics.
  • I.L. Shcherbakova, Ph.D. in philology, head of youth and educational programs of the Memorial International Human Rights Society.
  • E.G. Lapina-Kratasyuk, candidate of culturology, associate professor, staff member at the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, National Research University of the Higher School of Economics.
  • I.V. Venyavkin, candidate of historical sciences, director of Inliberty educational programs; he provides information support for the Prozhito project.
  • A.I. Zavadsky, MA in Public History, co-founder of the Public History Laboratory, participant of the Mediating (Semi-) Authoritarianism project - The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet World of the Free University of Berlin.
  • A.D. Sokolova, candidate of historical sciences, staff member of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • A.V. Kravchenko, MA in public history, co-founder of the Laboratory for Public History and the Vverkh Center for Equal Opportunities, holder of the Karamzin Scholarship awarded by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.
  • D.S. Kozlov, candidate of historical sciences, holder of the Karamzin Scholarship awarded by Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, researcher at the Memorial Scientific Information Center.
  • V.M. Sklez, MA in public history, co-founder of the Laboratory for Public History, researcher at the SHAGI Laboratory for Historical and Cultural Studies, RANEPA, member of the Theatrum Mundi laboratory.
  • R.S. Yarmoshevich, MA in political science and international relations.
  • G.S. Klimova, candidate of historical sciences, associate professor, Moscow State Pedagogical University, lecturer, RANEPA Institute of Social.
  • Yu.G. Liderman, candidate of culturology, associate professor.

Leading Visiting Lecturers

  • O. Leibovich, doctor of historical sciences, professor, head of the Department of Culturology and Philosophy, Perm State Institute of Culture. Author of the books “In M City. Essays on Everyday Political Life of the Soviet Province in the 40s - 50s. of the 20th century”, “Without Drafts: Ivan Prokofievich Sharapov and His Correspondents.”
  • I. Khalfin, professor at the faculty of history, Tel Aviv University. Author of the books “From Darkness to Light”, “Terror in My Soul”, “Intimate Enemies”, “Red Autobiographies”.
  • Ivan Peshkov, candidate of economic sciences, lecturer at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.

I have always loved history, though my first professional specialization was more practical and ensured by financial independence. Studying history was a hobby, but at some point I could not resist and decided to study at Shaninka to become a part of the academic community of historians and release this passion for history.
Alexey Safronov, graduate of the program History of the Soviet Civilization, 2019

Students of the Program will be able to:

  • Master interdisciplinary approaches and methods of historical research;
  • Gain skills in scientific analysis and academic writing;
  • Improve their proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • Obtain a European degree without leaving Russia and studying in Russian;
  • Get an opportunity to continue studying and apply to European postgraduate programs or start an international academic career;
  • Get a job in international organizations available in Russia;
  • Enjoy career opportunities in the media, publishing houses, museums, associations, foundations and private business companies.

The Program graduates will be able to conduct practical researches related to the Soviet history, act as consultants, develop educational programs, and create media projects.


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