History and Theory of Nations and the Issues of Nationalism

46.04.01In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Ethnicity Theories in Historical Studies
  • Ethnicity in Information Systems
  • Formation of the Ethnicity Concept in Europe
  • Nation Theories in Historical Studies
  • Formation of Nations in Europe
  • Contemporary Nationalism in the European States
  • The National Museum Phenomenon
  • National Movement in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Historical Ethnoconflictology
  • Struggle with Nationalism and Extremism in Mass Media and in the Internet
  • National Identity in Fine Arts
  • National Identity in Cinema and Mass Culture
  • German National Socialism and its Fall
  • National Policy in the USSR
International cooperation

The Council of the programme includes scholars from: the University of Tartu (Estonia); the University of Opole (Poland); Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria); and National Institute of Higher Education (Minsk, the Republic of Belarus).

Various partnership links are carried out with following universities:

  • The University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • The University of Wrocław (Poland)
  • The University of Opole (Poland)
  • The University of Greifswald (Germany)
Our advantages
  • This programme is designed for the training of specialist-analysts and experts in: problems of interethnic relations; interethnic dialogue; conflicts and contacts of national cultures; the field of national histories and "wars of memory"; and processes of nation-building and national constructivism;
  • The curriculum of the programme provides for interdisciplinary training. The courses are conducted by specialists in art history, conflictology, ethnology, oriental studies, and museology;
  • The competitive advantage of this programme is featured by a high level of theoretical training combined with practical training. Practice in research with sources on national history takes place in the largest historical archive of Russia – the Russian State Historical Archive – as well as in the Russian Ethnographic Museum. There is a wide thematic coverage of the material. National problems in Russia, Europe, America, and the East are studied during the middle ages and modern times;
  • During training, students prepare scientific articles for publication. These include high-rated journals and editions from the list of HAC. They present at international and national scientific conferences, and participate in research projects and grants;
  • The educational programme is designed with respect to professional standards and employers' opinions regarding the comparativeness of the graduates' competencies with job functions in the field of professional activity;
  • The master's programme graduate is prepared to work with empirical data on history and the current state of national movements. They carry out their analytical evaluation and development of recommendations for: governmental bodies; social and cultural organisations; the media; educational policy; and sociocultural policy.
Practical training and career opportunities

Training for the master’s degree involves:

  • library and archive practice with resources on national history
  • museum ethnographic practice for the study of national cultures.

The practice is held in the Russian National Library, the Russian State Historical Archive, and the Russian Ethnographic Museum.

  • Work at research centres, foundations, organisations related to expert and analytical activities in the field of national and ethno-cultural policy
  • Work at academic institutions, museums, archives and other research organisations that implement research and educational projects related to the study of nations and nationalism (for example, national museums)
  • Work as experts and consultants at central, regional and local government bodies interacting with national organisations, representatives of various diasporas
  • Work in media as well as public, social, cultural and educational organisations whose activities are related to ethnic, national and ethno-cultural development and interaction
  • Work in information systems, website management, preparation of content for online media, creation of web portals and online archives related to studies of nations and nationalism
  • Work in higher education institutions, teaching of courses related to the history of nations and nationalism