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University of Oxford: Russian and East European Studies

Institution University of Oxford
Department Area Studies
Web https://www.ox.ac.uk
Email graduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk
Telephone 01865 270059
Study type Taught

Summary

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MPhil The MPhil in Russian and East European Studies is a two-year programme for graduates who are interested in gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of Russia and Eastern Europe through the study of the region across a range of disciplines including history, economics, politics, international relations and sociology.

Course outline In the first year of the programme you will study the following three core courses, along with Research Methods for Area Studies and Russian Language: - History of Russia, the USSR and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century

  • Contemporary Russian and East European Studies Part 1: Politics and international relations. Covering topics in the politics, security and international relations of Russia and Eastern Europe.

  • Contemporary Russian and East European Studies Part 2: Sociology and economics. Covering topics in the economics and sociology of Russia and Eastern Europe.

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and classes. You will be required to submit essays and make class presentations. Through the research methods course, you will receive training in relevant qualitative and quantitative methodologies to enable you to carry out research and writing for your 30,000-word thesis, while the Russian language course will deepen your connection with the region. It is a full time programme with ample time for self study.

In the second year you will be able to specialise your knowledge through the choice of two option courses chosen from a list of options available for that academic year. Option courses include: - Authoritarian Regimes

  • Central Asia and the South Caucasus

  • Chernobyl: Histories and Legacies

  • Comparative Economics of Russia and Ukraine

  • Ideology and Popular Culture

  • Political Sociology

  • Politics of EU and Eastern Europe

  • Russian International Relations and Foreign Policy

  • Post-Communist Cultures of Corruption

  • Practices, Institutions, Networks

  • Sexuality under and after State Socialism

  • Central-Eastern Europe and Beyond and South East Europe

  • Politics and European Intervention

Russian language tuition will continue and you will work on completing your thesis which must be submitted by Monday in Week 4 of Trinity term.

MSc The MSc in Russian and East European Studies is a nine-month programme for graduates who are interested in gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of Russia and Eastern Europe through the study of the region across a range of disciplines including history, economics, politics, international relations and sociology.

Course outline During the nine-month MSc programme you will study the following three core courses, along with Research Methods for Area Studies: - History of Russia, the USSR and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century

  • Contemporary Russian and East European Studies Part 1: Politics and international relations. Covering topics in the politics, security and international relations of Russia and Eastern Europe.

  • Contemporary Russian and East European Studies Part 2: Sociology and economics. Covering topics in economics and sociology of Russia and Eastern Europe.

Through the Research Methods course you will receive training in relevant qualitative and quantitative methodologies to enable you to carry out research and writing for your 15,000-word thesis.

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and classes. You will be required to submit essays or equivalent written work and to make class presentations. It is a full time programme with ample time for self study.

MSc

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