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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Course
This course analyzes the development of U.S.-Russian policy in a new, international context, with particular emphasis on post-Cold War and the results of bilateral relations at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. Different strategies of both the Russian and U.S. governments will be studied, and the contrasting features of their bilateral relations discussed. Other topics covered include nuclear arms control, non-proliferation, expansion of NATO, energy and environmental security, trade relations, regime change and human rights, and conflicts over Kosovo, Chechnya, and most recently Georgia.
CIEE Elective Course
CIEE Elective Internship
Qualified students with permission from their home institution may opt to do in an internship in Moscow. Internships are available at a number of businesses, with an emphasis on placements that develop students’ business skills, leadership ability, project management experience, and intercultural skills. After acceptance to the program, students must submit a clear statement of purpose, including a résumé and areas of particular interest. The resident director will explore internship placements and finalize details after the student’s arrival. Interns will be required to record their experiences in a journal, which will be evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final paper. Interns will also meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list.
MGIMO Business and International Relations Electives
Russian Business Culture
This course teaches students about Russian business culture and looks at the overall business environment. Key concepts—collectivism, egalitarianism, and soul—are considered together with structure and hierarchy in Russian companies, working relationships, business practices, the Russian attitude toward foreign partners, gender issues, and more. Practical workplace issues such as business dress code, meals, business etiquette, and gifts are also addressed.
Conflicts in the Zone of the New Russian Frontiers
This course gives students an understanding of the core conflicts in the zone of the new Russian frontiers. Modern theoretical and methodological perspectives are addressed, along with the conflicts’ backgrounds, the main approaches to research, and possible paths to resolution.
Global Economics and Russian Economics
This course presents a comprehensive view of the world economy—driving mechanisms, basic tendencies, potential, and problems. The course also examines the development of the Russian economy and its prospects for the future in the greater context of the world economy.
Economics of the former Soviet Union and the Countries of Eurasia
This course addresses the main economic issues related to the transition away from the centrally planned economies of the former Soviet bloc. The course focuses on economic growth in post-Soviet countries and the role of political and economic institutions in the development process. Students will discuss aspects of transition in order to shed light on more permanent problems of economic systems and the greatest challenges to development in former Soviet and Eurasian countries.
Theory and History of Russian Culture
This course investigates Russian culture as a modern phenomenon and looks at the major turning points and characteristics of its historic development. Students will learn to analyze Russian culture in the framework of culturology, as a complex humanitarian discipline studying essence, principles, and human significance.
Political Process in Russia
This course aims to dismantle stereotypes about Russia and promote a multidimensional understanding of the country’s political process. The Russian political process is presented as a complex chain of trends and events. The course addresses the cornerstones of the country’s political history, including the role of ideologies; political process as political culture; political parties; state governance; federalism; constitution-making; as well as missed and existing opportunities in the field of institutional design.
Political Economics: Relations between Business and Government
This course explores the major social science paradigms for analyzing relations between the state, economies, and society. The seminar examines the fundamental assumptions on which our research and understanding of the social world are based through readings, lectures, and discussion of original texts in political liberalism and individualism, neo-classical economics, Marxism, sociological and cultural theories, and neo-institutionalism.
The Foreign Policy Process and the Formation of Russia's Foreign Policy
This course focuses on Russian foreign policy since the Soviet collapse. Topics include: the legacy of the Cold War; domestic sources of Russian foreign policy; U.S.-Russian relations; Russia’ s relations with Europe; Sino-Russian relations and Russia as an Asian power; Russian energy and geopolitics; Russia’s relations with its neighbors; and future scenarios for Vladimir Putin’s third presidency.
Political Systems and Political Development of Eurasia
This course explores state- and nation-building in Eurasia since the dissolution of the USSR. The course’s emphasis on political culture provides students with a perspective that highlights the interconnection of formal and informal structures and norms in political processes. Another important focus is on the historic socio-cultural and geopolitical developments that explain, to a great extent, the diversity of political systems in the post-Soviet space.
Economic Strategy of Modern Russia
This course explores economics in the context of governmental policy-making, doing business, and the enormous changes in economic and financial systems in the Russian Federation. The course combines analytical methods and practical management skills to ensure that students are prepared to understand economic challenges and implement solutions.
This course focuses on energy diplomacy and its evolution in the world, highlighting topics that frame the perception of energy diplomacy in different countries, including economic, political, technological, juridical, corporate, and cultural issues. The course focuses on studying the role of the main world energy policy institutions; mechanisms of decision-making in the sphere of energy diplomacy; global, regional, and national priorities of Russian energy policy; as well as basic principles and the specific national character of energy diplomacy.
This course combines theoretical and empirical study to examine Russian-EU relations from multiple perspectives, such as the role of values and interests, and how relations between Russia and individual EU member states impact Russian-EU relations. It also addresses the current state and prospects for developing relations, key issues, and challenges.
Russian Economic Development until 2020
This course gives an introduction to Russian economic development, structure, planning, management, and performance. The course addresses planning reforms and the prospects for Russia’s economy in the context of long-term socioeconomic development through 2020.
This course is designed to help students think analytically about the ways in which government and business interact with one another in a mixed economy. It examines how businesses and government are organized, and how they seek to influence one another; how government policies affect the competitive positions of individual firms and industries; how firms and industries compete to influence such policies; the ways in which government policies affect economic growth; the ways in which government seeks to achieve a variety of non-economic objectives; and how to define national economic interests in an increasingly integrated global economy. Students will learn to analyze normative arguments about what government and corporate policies ought to be; analyze claims made about the effects of government policies on business; understand the how and why of government policy-making; and forecast changes in government policy.