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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
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

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
1 year, 1-4 module


Course Syllabus


This course aims at providing guidance in writing MA dissertations. The Research seminar strengthens research skills and introduces students to diverse methodologies. During the first year, this research seminar teaches students basic aspects of a historian’s craft. The course works as a workshop and includes: 1) Seminars on major methods in history; 2) a short mini-course on Academic Rhetoric; 3) joined seminars with students of the second years; 4) project sessions discussing provisional MA theses.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To introduce students to basic requirements for writing a MA thesis
  • To help students finding a relevant doable research focus
  • To master students' skill of writing and thinking on paper
  • To stimulate an interdepartmental cross-disciplinary scholarly dialogue
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to create an effective academic research proposal
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Basics of Academic Rhetoric
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Individual project 'Introducing fellows to my field of inquiry'
  • non-blocking Project Proposal (a first draft)
  • non-blocking Participation in seminars
  • non-blocking Review of a fellow's proposal
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Individual project 'Introducing fellows to my field of inquiry' + 0.25 * Participation in seminars + 0.35 * Project Proposal (a first draft) + 0.2 * Review of a fellow's proposal
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.25 * Individual project 'Introducing fellows to my field of inquiry' + 0.2 * Participation in seminars + 0.35 * Project Proposal (a first draft) + 0.2 * Review of a fellow's proposal


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 50 steps to improving your academic writing : study book, Sowton, C., 2012
  • 50 steps to improving your academic writing. Study book, Sowton, Ch., 2012
  • A sequence for academic writing, Behrens, L., 2005
  • Academic writing : a handbook for international students, Bailey, S., 2011
  • Bailey, S. (2017). Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students (Vol. Fifth edition). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1650435
  • Tusting, K., McCulloch, S., Bhatt, I., Hamilton, M., & Barton, D. (2019). Academics Writing : The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2138179

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Stylish academic writing, Sword, H., 2012