Theory and practice of socio-cultural institutional design in Russia

2013 год

Helping to dismantle the stereotypes about Russia and promoting a multidimensional understanding of Russia’s political and social life is a key goal of this course. This goal is to be achieved by presenting Russia’s politics as a complex chain of trends and events with participation of various actors, each having own functions and possessing own resources. The course brings on cornerstones of the country’s political history, including the role of ideologies, and such important sides of Russian political and social processes as political culture, parties, state governance, federalism, constitution-making, social and cultural life, missed and still-existing opportunities in the field of institutional design.


The goal of the course is to be achieved by fulfilling the following tasks:

  • giving the students an understanding of the essence of the Russian political and social processes and different trends and events related with them;
  • helping the students to develop analytical skills to analyze important substantive issues at macro-, mezo-, and microlevels of Russian politics and society;
  • letting the students form a truly integral and unbiased picture of Russian political and social processes, to bridge the gap between different approaches developed by scholars;
  • developing students’ abilities to problem structuring and fixing major, fundamental factors when analyzing Russian political and social processes.