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Master in Comparative Politics of Eurasia

This Comparative Politics of Eurasia programme from HSE University was created in response to the growing strategic importance of the wider Eurasian region. The programme curriculum is built around core conceptual training in comparative political science and comprehensive empirical training in contemporary methods of social science research.

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Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: 175 000 – 350 000 RUB / year
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Comparative Politics of Eurasia programme from HSE University — St. Petersburg is a response to the growing strategic importance of the wider Eurasian space, including the former Soviet Union, as well as the associated need for both national and international expertise in the comparative politics of this vital region.

The programme provides for discipline-based professional training in comparative politics complemented with an advanced, specialist understanding of the Eurasian region. The programme curriculum has been developed around a core conceptual training in comparative political science and area studies.

Alongside this core learning, the programme offers an exciting range of courses that cover politics and society in contemporary Russia, the social and political transformations of Central Asia and the Caucasus, political economy of post-communist development, and international relations in the region.

Courses are taught by professors from HSE — St. Petersburg and by invited scholars from Free University of Brussels (ULB), University of Bremen, American University of Central Asia and other partner universities.

The programme strikes a right balance between lectures and seminars focused on discussions of the state-of-theart in the field. It also involves practical training related to one of the programme tracks.

HSE — St. Petersburg hosts a number of interdisciplinary research centres, including the Centre for comparative governance studies, ongoing projects, interdisciplinary seminars and series of guest lectures that offer stimulating research environment within which to develop the Master’s Dissertation under the guidance of recognized experts in the field.

Courses Included:

  • Internet in Non-competitive Politics
  • Methodology and Research Methods of Political Science
  • Research Seminar “Design and Methodology”
  • Research Seminar “Eurasian Political Studies”
  • Nationalism in Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia
  • Russia-European Union Relationships
  • Politics and Society in the South Caucasus
  • Politics and Society in Central Asia

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