Masters Program in Arctic Social Studies
This masters program is billed as a variant (or profile, to use the official term) of the Cultural Anthropology program, and is distinct in its orientation toward contemporary issues of “Arctic” anthropology. Here, the term “Arctic” is understood broadly, and includes both the Far North and related areas such as Siberia.
The program is interdisciplinary in nature and is intended for students interested in social issues present in the Arctic, the Far North and Siberia. This interdisciplinary nature broadens students’ horizons and allows them to apply methods and procedures in their research that are often used in neighboring areas of the humanities, such as folkloristics, sociolinguistics and semiotics. The program’s specifics are largely associated with the need to include young Russian northern studies scholars in the global academic context and, accordingly, they assume that students have a command of the language of the contemporary anthropological sciences and research methods, as well as knowledge of key anthropological issues in the North.
The EUSP’s Department of Anthropology is one of the first centers in Russia where the training of specialists in the discipline is organized with reference to the whole gamut of theoretical and practical achievements specific to the current state of northern studies worldwide. Our course listings present the results of instructors’ research work, and have no analogues in Russia or abroad. In the framework of this program, as in other programs within the Department of Anthropology, students are introduced to the latest developments in areas such as economic anthropology, medical anthropology, visual anthropology, the anthropology of religion, and others.
Northern studies graduate students can study a wide range of topics related to issues of “Arctic anthropology.” Here are several priority research areas:
- The anthropology of everyday life for inhabitants of the Arctic, Far North and Siberia;
- The anthropology of religion and contemporary shamanism;
- The anthropology of northern (mono)cities;
- Researching the contemporary cultural and linguistic situation in Siberia and the North;
- The anthropology of the interaction between humans and technology.
Graduates of the program will possess skills for conducting fieldwork in Northern regions and independent anthropological research, as well as necessary knowledge of contemporary issues in cultural anthropology, northern studies and the adjacent areas of the humanities and social sciences, as well as methods of analysis specific to anthropology.
- History of Anthropology, Y. Berezkin
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, A. Baiburin
- Social Anthropology, A. Baiburin
- Fieldwork Methodology, I. Utekhin, S. Shtyrkov
- Linguistic Anthropology, E. Golovko
- Sociolinguistics, N. Vakhtin, K. Fedorova
- Folklore and Myth, G. Levinton
- Introduction to Siberia and Northern Russia, N. Vakhtin and others
- Population of the North: Transformation of Social Relations, E. Liarskaya
- Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology, I.Shirobokov
- Computer Science in Social Research, O.Rusinova
- Theory and Practice of Translating and Summarizing Scientific Texts in Foreign Languages. T. Tretiakova and others
- Anthropology of Ethnicity, E. Golovko, S. Shtyrkov
- Anthropology of Religion, S. Shtyrkov
- Urban Anthropology, M. Lurye
- Prehistory of Civilizations, Y. Berezkin
- Religious Life of Modern Siberia, S. Shtyrkov
- Ideas and Methods of Modern Arctic Anthropology, V.Simonova, E. Liarskaya
- Analysis of Communicative Interaction, I. Utekhin
- Modern Arctic City: Methodological Problems of Research, A. Bolotova
- New Languages and the Construction of New Identities, E. Golovko
- Religious Life of Modern Russia, S. Shtyrkov
- Anthropology of Migration, S. Abashin
- Nonclassical Folklore, M. Lurye
- Anthropology of Cyborgs, I. Utekhin
- German Language, A. Basharin
Full list of courses (in Russian)