This programme was designed primarily for applicants who plan to be engaged in social science - to conduct research, actively release their publications, and become a part of the international academic community. Applicants who plan to work in analytical, consulting and expert centers will learn how to process large amounts of information, to master present-day methods related to data analysis and learn how to write relevant texts.
Research ActivitiesFrom the second year, students are involved in real research projects, which gives them an opportunity to gain initial work-related experience.
Unique Team of LecturersThe program is delivered by representatives of the academic community and popular experts.
Sociology becomes more tangible when they share, for example, some practical case studies. On the other hand, it becomes more text-centered: I better understand how important an academic text is and how you can work with it. We now have a separate course in academic writing, in English. For me science has become more about people who are engaged in it. Also because now, in Moscow, I am fortunate to meet and talk to people whose books I used to read earlier.
Students and Lecturers are ColleaguesLecturers share relevant specialized information with students, engage them in academic life, and this helps many students to unleash their creative potential and perform research, translate texts, write articles and analytical reports at a high professional level.
Our classes require student commitment. Even during lectures, it is important that the lecturer does not just give “off the shelf” knowledge, while students would passively accept it, it is important for us to hear feedback and questions. At seminars and practical classes, everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves regarding the studied material. Here you cannot "sleep off" at lectures, "sit behind other students’ backs" at seminars, and to memorize information from the first textbook you find to get prepared for the exam.
Practical TrainingStudents undertake their practical training in research sociological centers (the RANEPA Center for Sociological Research, RANEPA International Center for Contemporary Social Theory, Public Opinion Foundation, etc.)
Some disciplines are delivered in English.
Our students are “people of the world”; many students, already when they apply to our programs, have a good command of foreign languages. They are intellectual, easily get involved in discussions, it is interesting to work with them.
Two Foreign LanguagesStudents learn two foreign languages from the first year.
- English is a compulsory foreign language. Prior to studying, students’ knowledge of English is tested and then the students are divided into groups according to the language proficiency level.
- Students choose the second foreign language from 4 available languages: French, German, Spanish or Chinese.
Shaninka is highly demanding in terms of languages in. Even I, a native English speaker, sometimes get into a trouble, when I do now understand something. And there is an opportunity to choose any second language to learn. My brother is now entering a university in England, and he is provided with the same language choices that we have.
International InternshipsInternational language and professional internships, and summer schools in the UK and other European countries:
- Language courses at Coventry University;
- Language courses in the country of the second studied language (France, Germany, Spain, China, etc., after the second year of study);
- Professional internships at Coventry University.
Development of critical thinking and academic writing skills in Russian and English.
When we have discussions during our classes, everyone participates in the discussion and the level of engagement depends on how much you have to contribute to the discussion. It does not happen this way that there is one talking head while the rest of us must agree with what is being said and cannot challenge it because of the speaker’s authority. Authority is shaped through discussion.
Program FlexibilityThe first year of study at the Bachelor Degree programs is the same for all disciplines. Thus students may change their choice of specialization during the studies. The programs are flexible and enable students to select some disciplines fitting their professional needs and academic interests.
Training Program1st term – general education disciplines. Mastering general education disciplines together with other UK Bachelor Degree program students;
2nd term – 4th termс. Mastering specialized disciplines, work placements and internships
Major SubjectsWe regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.
Alumni Career Paths
- Research centers conducting sociological, social political and marketing research;
- Marketing agencies;
- Analytical services;
- HR training and development services;
- Mass media;
- Consulting organizations.
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