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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
Establishing Eye Contact with One Historical Photograph

Chunikhin K.

Technology and Culture. 2022. Vol. 63. No. 3. P. 599-602.

Book chapter
Creating the Soviet Arctic, 1917–1991
In press

Bruno A., Kalemeneva E.

In bk.: The Cambridge History of the Polar Regions. Cambridge University Press, 2022. Ch. 19. P. 462-486.

Working paper
Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

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. Participants of the seminar have an opportunity to discuss any concerns regarding writing a final paper.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To help students writing an effective MA thesis
  • 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

  • Able to perform professional activities, including research and development activities in the international environment
  • 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
  • Ability to create an effective academic research proposal
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introductory sessions
  • Basics of Academic Rhetoric
  • Sessions on Chapter 1
  • Sessions on Chapter 2
  • Presentations of first versions of MA Thesis
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
  • non-blocking Presenting a case study
  • non-blocking MA chapter
  • non-blocking Review of a fellow's case study
  • non-blocking Participation in seminars
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2020/2021 1st module
  • 2020/2021 2nd 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
  • 2020/2021 3rd module
  • 2020/2021 4th 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
  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.4 * MA chapter + 0.15 * Participation in seminars + 0.3 * Presenting a case study + 0.15 * Review of a fellow's case study


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
  • Academic writing for graduate students: essential tasks and skills, Swales, J.M., 2004
  • 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

  • Erixon, P.-O. 1954, & Erixon Arreman, I. 1954. (2019). ECEC students’ writing trajectories: academic discourse and “Professional Habitus.” Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 63(6), 968–983. https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2018.1476403
  • Stylish academic writing, Sword, H., 2012