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198099 Saint Petersburg
17 Promyshlennaya Ulitsa, Room 107

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190008 Saint Petersburg
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Department Head Alexander Semyonov
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Socialist Internationalism and National Classifications at the Comintern Schools (1922-1943)

Matos Franco R. M.

Ab imperio. 2021. No. 3. P. 136-165.

Book chapter
Spells of Materialist Magic, or Soviet Children and Electric Power

Chunikhin K.

In bk.: The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children. University of Toronto Press, 2021. P. 265-298.

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
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