Course work while on the FSP
GOVT 96.01 – Russia in the World (Midlevel)
This course will survey Russian foreign relations with the United States, the European Union, East Asia, the Middle East and the former soviet states. It will do so while covering a number of important themes for the Russian state including energy, economic dynamics, geopolitics, transnational coalitions, and diplomacy. Students will benefit from having multiple professors teaching in their specific areas of expertise. Students should come away from this class with a deep understanding of Russia's role in the world, its future ambitions and how these impacts the current world order. While formal lectures will end in the Moscow portion of the trip, students will receive further instruction via guest speakers, meetings, and experiential learning events in St. Petersburg. Course taught by multiple Professors from National Research University Higher School of Economics
GOVT 96.02 – Russian Political Systems (Midlevel)
This course will give students an in-depth understanding of domestic Russian political systems. It will begin with a brief history of the Russian nation and then cover contemporary Russian political institutions, political behavior, the national budget, media, human rights, and group politics (race, LGBT rights, youth movements, and gender). Students will benefit from having multiple professors teaching in their specific areas of expertise. Students should come away from this class with a very solid understanding of modern, domestic politics in Russia. Course taught by multiple Professors from National Research University Higher School of Economics
GOVT 96.03 – Special Topics in Russia (Seminar)
This class will cover contemporary U.S.-Russian relations with a specific focus on the new age of information warfare. We will cover electoral interference, cyberwar, propaganda and the perils of modern diplomacy. We will do so with book and article readings, lectures, discussions, and guest talks. We will also meet about one third of the time with Professor Gronas and his students to benefit from the perspective of an expert on Russian culture and language. Students should come away from the course with a solid understanding of the challenges of information warfare, both defensive and offensive, between nuclear powers. The course will begin with an introductory reading on modern Russia. We will then move to specific topics in information warfare with a final reading on the perils of modern diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia in the contemporary context. In most class sessions, students will be chosen to be discussion captains. They will present additional material closely related to the assigned readings which help us understand the topics of study more thoroughly or from additional perspectives. Students will also complete an essay-based midterm and final exam based on the material covered in class. Course taught by Prof. Joseph Bafumi in 2021 Summer.