Russian Culture (in English)

51.04.01In english

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Full description

Programme Mission

The programme is aimed at training students with an in-depth knowledge of the culture of Russia.

First of all, it targets international students who have a fundamental understanding of the history, philosophy, culture and art of Russia. The programme is unique in that it combines general cultural course units with courses aimed at in-depth study of the fundamentals of Russian culture.

Special focus will be on the formation and development of Russian cultural identity, the acquisition of research methods in the study of Russian culture and the specific character of the Russian mentality. It is also important that students will master these skills using data from various fields related to the study of Russian culture. The programme trains skilled specialists who are well aware of the history of Russian culture and contemporary cultural processes that are under way in Russia

Key Skills

Graduates of the programme will be able to carry out professional activities in the following areas:

  • culturology; cultural sciences; historical and cultural and social and cultural knowledge; strategies for cultural policy and management; intercultural collaboration; study and preservation of cultural and natural heritage; and socio-cultural and mass communications;
  • educational institutions of secondary vocational education (schools, lyceums, colleges, gymnasiums) and higher education;
  • academic and research institutions that are engaged in socio-cultural and cross-cultural issues;
  • think tanks and research centres;
  • media teams, museums and libraries;
  • government agencies, municipal administrations, and public organisations.
Entering Research and Professional Community

Students of the academic programme ‘Russian Culture (in English)’ have an opportunity to take an active part in a wide range of scientific events held with the participation of the Institute of Philosophy at St Petersburg University.

The programme is implemented in close contact with such organisations as:

  • Federal State Budgetary Institution of Culture ‘The Peterhof State Museum Reserve’
  • Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation ‘Research Institute of Standardisation of Museum Activities’
  • Federal State Budgetary Research Institution ‘Russian Institute of Art History'
  • Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation ‘Centre of additional professional education “Alpha-Dialogue”’
  • Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science ‘The Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House)' of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • St Petersburg State Budgetary Institution of Culture ‘Roerich Family Museum and Institute’
Key Features of the Programme

The programme is unique in that it provides: an in-depth study of the fundamentals of Russian culture and the formation and development of Russian cultural identity; and the acquisition of research methods in the study of Russian culture and the specific character of the Russian mentality.

The programme trains skilled specialists who are well aware of the history of Russian culture and contemporary cultural processes that are under way in Russia. Graduates of the programme will: acquire fundamental knowledge in this area and know how to use the fundamental methodological techniques, culture of argumentation and how to conduct research.

The programme trains specialists whose knowledge and skills can be applied decently in various fields of humanitarian work: in public and private sector organisations and in all those areas which require specialists who are capable of achieving creatively goals using the cutting-edge educational and communication technologies.

Main Courses
  • Vizantizm as a Religious, Artistic, Cultural Phenomenon and its Influence on Russian Culture
  • Russian as an Object of Cultural Self-Reflection
  • Conservative and Revolutionary Trends in Russian Culture
  • Culture of the Russian Silver Age
  • Messianic, Educational and Imperial Trends/Ambitions
  • Patterns of Morality in Russian Culture
  • The Problem of Russian Identity and the Category of a Foreigner
  • Enlightenment Activities in Russia
  • Russian and Soviet Everyday Life
  • The Russian Idea and Projects of Russian Culture
  • Russian Culture of the Soviet and Post-Soviet Period
  • Russian Literature and Literature-Centric Character of Russian Philosophy
  • Culture of the Silver Age in Russia
  • Russian Folk Culture: Categories and Principles
  • Russian Philosophy: Main Ideas and Schools
  • Russian Avant-Garde
  • Russian Regionalism: The Dialectics of the Centre and the Periphery
  • Russian Émigré Communities
  • Slavophilism and Westernism in Russian Culture
  • Theatre in Russia
  • Russian Musical Culture
Teaching Staff

he Council of the programme:

Ekaterina Andreeva, Candidate of Art Studies, Doctor of Science (Philosophy), a leading research associate at the State Russian Museum (to be approved)

Vladimir Grusman, Doctor of Pedagogy, Director of the Russian Museum of Ethnography (to be approved)

Valentina Dianova, Doctor of Science (Philosophy), Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Culture, St Petersburg University

Jean Friedman, Director of Israeli Cultural Centre in St Petersburg at the Consulate General of Israel to the Russian Federation (to be approved)

Aleksandr Kazin, Doctor of Science (Philosophy), a member of the Union of Writers of Russia, a member of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, Director of the Russian Institute of Art History (to be approved)

Vladimir Kotelnikov, Doctor of Science (Philosophy), a senior research associate at the Institute of Russian Literature (the Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (to be approved) 

Irina Popova, Doctor of History, Director of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Department of Chinese Philology, St Petersburg University

Cyril Aslanov, a member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language (Jerusalem), Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Director of the International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (to be approved)

Iuliia Strizhak, Candidate of Science (Philosophy), Director of the State Autonomous Institution of Culture ‘Music Hall’ (to be approved)

Andrei Tolshin, Doctor of Culturology, Associate Professor, the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, a member of the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation, an actor at the Nikolay Akimov St Petersburg Comedy Theatre (to be approved)

Aleksandr Turgaev, Doctor of History, Honoured Worker of Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Rector of St Petersburg State Institute of Culture (to be approved)

Viacheslav Shestakov, Director of the Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation ‘Research Institute of Standardisation of Museum Activities’ (to be approved)

Additional Opportunities
  • Visa support
  • Student exchange programmes
  • Housing for students
  • Opportunity to participate in volunteering, creative and sports activities