Public History. Historical knowledge in modern society

Public History. Historical knowledge in modern society

Duration: 1 year (Full-time) or 2 years (Part-time)
Language of instruction: Russian
Format: On-campus
Special conditions: tuition fee waivers available  
- Master of Arts in Public History (University of Manchester, UK)
- Certificate of Professional Retraining "Historical knowledge in modern society"
Today, millions of people are interested in the past of their family, their city and their country. History becomes a place of fierce battles and irreconcilable conflicts, events that happened hundreds of years ago, excite the imagination no less than current news.
The Program "Public History: Historical knowledge in modern society " studies the fate of the past in the present, the significance of historical places, people and events in today's consciousness, the logic of disputes about history, its understanding and comprehension in politics, the media, art, science, local and family memory.
We believe that history "really was" and historical truth exists, but we are not prejudiced by its various, sometimes opposite, interpretations, and learn to understand their laws, meaning, and significance.

Who is this program for?

The program's courses will be of interest to undergraduate/specialist graduates of the faculties of history, philology, journalism, philosophy, and other Humanities. However, the presence of a liberal arts education is not a prerequisite – the program is aimed at all those interested in history (including those with higher education in other fields).
My decision to enroll in the Public History program at Shaninka was one of the most successful in my life. The result of two years of study was not only a successfully defended dissertation and a diploma from a British University, but also an invaluable life experience-dozens of monographs and articles read, dozens of excellent acquaintances who created a dense network of intellectual communication, finding colleagues in scientific interests, namely Ukrainian studies; schools, conferences, seminars and laboratories in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Poland and corresponding new research horizons.
Vsevolod Gerasimov, a 2018 graduate of the Public History program, a history instructor at the Letovo School and a specialist editor at RIA Novosti

Program features

  • New relevant profession.
  • Possibility to complete the program in 1 or 2 years.
  • Training in the evenings allows you to combine study with work.
  • International internships and internships.
  • Improving the English language.
  • The opportunity to get a European degree without having to travel outside of Russia. Graduates of the program receive two diplomas-the British Master of Arts in Public History and the Russian diploma of professional training in the specialty "Historical knowledge in modern society".
  • Modern campus located in the very centre of Moscow.

Training program

The curriculum gives students the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies of both professional historians focused on continuing research in graduate school, and employees of all those areas where historical knowledge is needed and in demand: politics, governance and management, media, education, culture, etc. The program is therefore focused on creating a strong connection between theoretical knowledge (modern research theories and methods, knowledge of historical culture and education) and practical skills (applied skills such as presentation techniques, organization and planning, and project management).

Required course

  • Modern historiography (the course focuses on historiography studying the Soviet period)
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history

Both courses are taught throughout the year and each thematic block invites specialists who practice the approaches discussed in their own scientific work.

The program pays special attention to the serious preparation of scientific written texts that involve not just systematization of the information received, but independent analysis and creative scientific approach.

Optional courses

  • The instrumentalization of history in the Media
  • Practices of commemoration: the way to create a personal, collective and individual image of the past
  • Institutions of historical knowledge and their representation
  • Biography and family memory in historical research
  • Studies of nationalism in a historical perspective
  • Left-wing terrorism in Russia
  • Cultural symbols and emotions in history
  • Historical Informatics: digital reconstruction and representation of the past
  • Introduction to the history of technology and innovation

Teachers of the program

  • Andrey Zorin, research Director of the program, DLitt, Professor at the University of Oxford
  • Vera Dubina, PhD of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of History and theory of culture
  • Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk, PhD in cultural studies, associate Professor
  • Konstantin Morozov, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor
  • Artem Kravchenko, MA in Public History
  • Irina Shcherbakova, PhD in Philology
  • Ilya Kukulin, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor
  • Barbara Scles, MA in Public History
  • Maria Maiofis, PhD in Philology, associate Professorassociate Professor
  • Irina Korotkina, doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor

The trainees will be able to:

  • learn interdisciplinary approaches and methods of historical research
  • acquire skills in scientific analysis and writing of academic texts
  • improve skills in oral and written English language
  • get a European degree without leaving Russia, learning in the Russian language
  • obtain prospects for further study at the European graduate school or a scientific career abroad
  • get a job in foreign organizations in Russia
  • realize themselves in the media, in publishing houses, museums, associations, foundations and private business

MSSES significantly expanded my horizons, allowed me to deepen my education and find the intersection of my main profession - playwriting - with the newly acquired - history. I have learned to be more careful with sources, to formulate my questions more precisely when interviewing, and to use my discursive analysis skills when analyzing answers. I have learned to extract information not only from what is said but also from what is omitted, sometimes even more valuable.
Marietta Zakharian, 2019 graduate, TV project writer

Graduate careers

We prepare our students to continue their research (our graduates study at the graduate schools of Oxford, the Free University of Berlin, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and the Higher School of Economics), as well as to work as specialists and experts in the following fields:
- print and Internet media,
- political consulting,
- tourism and museum industries,
- private and public social projects,
- education and public awareness activities.

Contact Us

8 (495) 150-80-94

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