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Regular version of the site

190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel

Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Changing Menstrual Habits in Late 20th- and Early 21st-Century Russia

Vasilyev P., Konovalova Alexandra.

Open Library of Humanities. 2023. Vol. 9. No. 1. P. 1-20.

Book chapter
Medicine on Russian-Language Social Media

Karpova Y., Vasilyev P.

In bk.: The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Bioethics. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2022. Ch. 30. P. 350-360.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Research Seminar

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Compulsory course
2 year, 1-3 module


Course Syllabus


This course aims at providing guidance in writing MA dissertations. The Research seminar elaborates on diversity of methodologies of possible usage and strengthens research skills. In the first year, this research seminar teaches students basic aspects of a historian’s craft. The course consists of five modules: 1) History in Practice: Research Skills; 2) Academic Rhetoric; 3) Oral History; 4) Visual Methods in History; 5) Crafting Research and Writing
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • In the second year, besides presenting original research, students are expected to contribute to discussing peers’ works. Every project presented will undergo internal peer-review. At least two reviewers will be assigned to each student. Effective analysis of historical evidence is a crucial aspect of the historian’s craft, and a major requirement for satisfying gatekeepers within the discipline. Therefore, an MA dissertation should demonstrate a student’s ability to critically engage with sources.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to make management decisions and ready to take responsibility for them
  • Able to work with information: identify, evaluate and use information from a variety of sources for scientific and professional purposes (including with a systematic approach)
  • Is able to create and edit scientific and popular texts, to present complex historical information in a publicly accessible form
  • Is able to perform interdisciplinary interaction and cooperation with representatives of other fields of knowledge while solving research and applied tasks
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
  • Sessions on Chapter 1
  • Sessions on Chapter 2
  • Presentations of first versions of MA Thesis
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class engagement
  • non-blocking review
  • non-blocking MA chapters
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.1 * Class engagement + 0.5 * MA chapters + 0.4 * review


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Rafoth, B. (2015). Multilingual writers and writing centers. United States, North America: Colorado State University. Libraries. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.82F6891C

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • ARMITAGE, D., & GULDI, J. (2015). AHR Exchange: The History Manifesto: A Reply to Deborah Cohen and Peter Mandler. American Historical Review, 120(2), 543–554. https://doi.org/10.1093/ahr/120.2.543
  • Carretero, M., Berger, S., & Grever, M. (2017). Palgrave Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education. [London]: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1357585
  • DeBlasio, D. M. (2009). Catching Stories : A Practical Guide to Oral History. Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=818131