Asian and African Cultures (with Asian/African language tuition)

58.04.01In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Concepts of Modern Asian and African Studies
  • Logic and Methodology of Research
  • History and Theory of Art
  • English / Spanish / German / French
  • The language block of Asian/African languages
  • Russia and the East at the Turn of the 21st Century
  • Introduction to the General Theory of Translation (Asian and African Languages)
  • Concepts of Modern Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Theatre Studies / Cultural Categories of the Ancient Orient
  • Introduction to Film Studies / Literature and Theatre / Cultural Heritage Issues in Contemporary China
  • Academic Hebrew / Modern Religious Movements of India / Cultural Connections Between Central Asia and India in the Middle Ages / Chinese and Vietnamese Mythology / Modernistic Hindi Literature: Analysis of Literary Text / Medieval Persian Poetics / Holy Men and Evil Spirits in Folk Religions of China and the Adjacent Countries / Modern Hausa-language Media: Religious and Cultural Perspective / Religious Movements in Medieval India
  • Cultural Anthropology / Religious and Philosophical Doctrines of the Middle East in the Middle Ages and Modern History
  • Fundamentals of Music Studies / Cultural Anthropology
  • Business Text: Translation Theory and Practice (Bengali and Hindi) / Cultural Connections Between Central Asia and India in Modern Times / History of Classical Ethiopian Literature / The Book in the Intellectual History of Korea / The Cultural Scene of Medieval Central Asia / Literatures and Cultures of the Peoples of Hindustan / Myth and Modernity in India / Modern Literature and the Issues of National Identity in the Caucasus / Theory and Practices of Cross-Cultural Communication in the Far East
Our advantages
  • The master’s programme ‘Asian and Africa Cultures (with Asian/African language tuition)’ is aimed at developing in students a holistic understanding of: the socio-historical experience of various civilisations; and types of value orientations and ideals. Students also acquire methods and techniques of studying culture; and comprehend the cultural characteristics of African-Asian countries and peoples. They also study in depth one or more Asian/African languages.
  • The programme is designed to develop in students a scientific horizon that makes it possible to: perceive and interpret scientific ideas in various fields of humanitarian research; instil professional skills of scientific inquiries and research; develop the ability to use efficiently the achievements of modern science; work in a research team; and use the knowledge obtained to solve theoretical and applied tasks.
Main areas of research
  • Various areas of cultural interaction with Asian/African countries
  • Russian, regional and international organisations interacting with Asian/African countries and peoples
Career opportunities


  • Teacher of additional education for children and adults
  • Teacher of professional training, vocational education, and lifelong professional education and training
  • Expert in education
  • Museum curator
  • Guide
  • Specialist in organisational and document support for corporate management
  • Media correspondent
  • Media editor
  • Translator/interpreter