The Origin of the Modern Western Civilization

46.04.01In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Development of the European Identity
  • Monarchies in Classical Antiquity and in the Middle Ages
  • Development of the Modern Western Economic Model
  • Classical and Medieval Heritage in St Petersburg
  • The Structure and Practice of International Relations in Classical Antiquity and in the Middle Ages
  • The East and The West as a Problem in the History of Europe
  • Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages in the Modern European Literature, Fine Arts and Cinematography
  • Everyday Life and Social Structures in Classical Antiquity and in the Middle Ages
  • The Constitution of the Roman Republic and Modern Political Institutions
  • Christianity and Church in the History of Europe
Our advantages
  • The programme is based on interdisciplinary links. The interdisciplinary approach includes the study of materials on: ancient world history; the history of the Middle Ages; the history of the state and law; and the history of culture. Students update knowledge from various scientific fields;
  • The course system combines in its structure the study of the basics of ancient and medieval civilisation. These are the two most important components in the genesis of contemporary Europe;
  • In the learning process, the programme provides a close relationship between theoretical training and practical experience. This is in the form of seminars and practices in the museums and libraries of St Petersburg;
  • The programme provides students with a deep understanding of the ancient and medieval origins of modern civilisation. It enables them to understand the development of the process of historical heritage reception, and to analyse: historical processes; phenomena of social life; international relations; economic system; and culture;
  • The programme is unique, and has no equivalent among other educational programmes in Russian and foreign universities;
  • The graduates acquire an important ability to carry out research, cultural, and excursion projects.
Career opportunities
  • Researchers
  • Teachers at higher education institutions
  • Teachers at gymnasiums and schools
  • Teachers at institutions of secondary vocational education
  • Employees of state institutions
  • Archives employees
  • Library employees
  • Museum employees
  • Media employees
  • Media editors
  • Employees of the tourism services sector
International relations
  • New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria)
  • The University of Bergen (Norway)
  • The University of Wrocław (Poland)
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Universität Hamburg (Germany)
Main areas of research
  • Power and society in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: political formations and the issue of nationhood
  • Reception of ancient and medieval civilisational heritage in today’s context
  • Confessional conflicts and tolerance in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
  • Social structures and their evolution from Antiquity to modern times
  • Feature elements of economic life: from the ‘oikos’ model to the pro-European market
  • Ancient history in the culture of contemporary times
  • Antique collections in St Petersburg
  • Monuments of medieval culture in St Petersburg
  • East in the history of the ancient world and medieval Europe
  • Development of European identity from Antiquity to Modernity