Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: Russian

 

Main academic courses

  • Research and Practice Seminar “History and Worldview of Israel and Judea before the Destruction of the Second Temple”
  • Research Practicum “Jewish Thought in the Antiquity and in the Hellenistic Period”
  • Introduction to the Jewish Bible
  • History and Ideology of the Qumran Community
  • Heterodox Movements in Judaism
  • Philosophical Analysis of the Book of Genesis
  • Rabbinic Literature
  • Worldview of the Sages of the Mishnah and the Talmud
  • Jewish Medieval Literature
  • Philosophical Analysis of the Book of Daniel
  • Research Practicum “The Biblical Exegesis in Jewish Tradition”
  • Research and Practice Seminar “Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages – 1 (the 9th -12th Centuries)”
  • The Reading of the Talmud
  • Judaeo-Christian Polemics from the Antiquity to the beginning of the Modern Period
  • Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages – 2
  • Cabbala, Jewish Mysticism
  • Archaeology of Israel
  • History and Worldview of Hasidism
  • History and Culture of Jews in the Middle Ages
  • Research and Practice Seminar “Jewish Philosophy in the Modern Period”
  • Jewish Historical Memory
  • Perception of Holocaust in West European and Jewish Thought
  • Jewish Diaspora Literature of the 20th – 21st Centuries
  • Treasuries of Jewish History and Culture
  • Judaism in the Middle Ages
  • Jewish Studies in the Context of the Humanities and Social Sciences (the 19th – 20th Centuries)
  • The Renaissance of Hebrew
  • History and Philosophy of Jewish Art
  • Research Practicum “Religious Movements in Modern Judaism”
  • Research and Practice Seminar “Modern Jewish Philosophy (the 20th – 21st Centuries)”

Our advantages

  • The programme is aimed at studying the intellectual and spiritual component of Jewish civilisation in its historical development and diversity. Jewish culture during different historical periods and in different regions developed and interacted with different surrounding cultures. The history of Jewish thought is a history of constant efforts to interpret and reinterpret the basic concepts and provisions of Judaism through the prism of certain philosophical or theological doctrines. It is also, on the contrary, the adaptation of certain concepts created within the framework of the surrounding, ‘alien’ culture to Judaism. Such a feature makes the programme particularly essential because it provides students with the opportunity to trace the dynamics of cultural and intellectual interaction and mutual influence. They can see the combination of various factors – socio-political, ideological, theological and unique philosophical – affecting the emergence and development of certain areas in Jewish thought. Thus, the students will be able to obtain the conception not only about the development of Jewish thought but to comprehend the paradigms of the cultural interaction at the level of ideas. This will help them in their research and development and teaching activities in the various areas of humanitarian knowledge;
  • The graduates from the programme will receive basic knowledge in the field of general and Jewish philosophy during their historical development. They will acquire skills of using methodological techniques that enable: the analysis of the dynamics of the development of philosophical and theological systems; and the mastering of the methods of scientific reasoning and methods of scientific research. They will also gain the pedagogical skills required to facilitate the educational process in the University and activities in the sphere of intercultural relations;
  • The acquired knowledge and skills can be applied in scientific, humanitarian and pedagogical activities. The graduates from the programme can work as: experts in the field of Jewish thought and in the field of intercultural dialogue; and analysts in the development of humanitarian knowledge, and the interaction of religion and humanitarian science.

Practice Training locations

  • Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia
  • Federal Jewish National and Cultural Autonomy
  • St Petersburg Jewish Community Centre
  • International Jewish Institute of Economics, Finance and Law, Moscow
  • Eurasian Jewish Congress
  • International Centre for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Interregional Centre for Hebrew Teaching
  • St Petersburg Jewish Community Centre
  • Jewish Agency for Israel (Jerusalem)
  • Consulate General of the State of Israel in St Petersburg
  • Israeli Cultural Centre

Career

Types of professional activity of graduates

Research work

  • Research and Developments in the Sphere of Social Sciences
  • Research and Developments in the Sphere of the Humanities

Organization management work

  • Research and Developments in the Sphere of Social Sciences
  • Research and Developments in the Sphere of the Humanities

Cultural and educational work

  • Work of Museums
  • Activities Regarding the Protection of Historical Sites, Buildings and Cultural Monuments

Pedagogical works

  • General Education
  • Professional Education
  • Additional Education

Technological production activities

  • Research and Developments in the Sphere of Social Sciences
  • Research and Developments in the Sphere of the Humanities

Project-analytical and expert activities

  • Research and Developments in the Sphere of Social Sciences
  • Research and Developments in the Sphere of the Humanities

Organisations where our graduates work

  • St Petersburg University
  • Institute of Oriental Manuscripts
  • Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Russian State University for the Humanities
  • Consulate General of Israel
  • Jewish Agency “Sokhnut”
  • Israeli Cultural Centre
  • Administrative, Military and Commercial Structures of Israel

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