Department of Political Science and Sociology
The Department offers graduate education in the areas of political science and sociology. The Department’s program of advanced training includes specializations in political science, sociology and gender studies and consists of two stages. The first stage is the Master's program (Master of Arts, M.A.) with specialization in either "Social Institutions and Practices" or "Political Processes and Institutions". The program is completed by writing a Master's thesis. Provided the students have met all requirements and received a diploma, they can continue their studies and research leading to a higher academic degree (or Ph.D. degree), which they may receive upon completion of the next stage of studies, dedicated to the writing of the dissertation (second stage). During the PhD program, students attend classes, take exams, and write a thesis under the supervision of a committee of 4 professors. The partial validation of the Department’s basic program by the University of Helsinki is important for the Department’s students.
The political science portion of the program focuses on the political theory of democracy, comparative politics and Russian politics. The main sociological subjects are social theory, social stratification, sociology of science, historical sociology, and science and technology studies. The gender studies program offers unique training in the study of sex, gender and sexuality. The department is actively developing such areas as family studies, Russian and post-Soviet politics, economic sociology, the history of political concepts, the history of social movements, the study of interethnic relations, Russian regional studies, and the sociology of health and medicine.
The department’s academic life includes the following activities: interdisciplinary seminars involving recognized Russian and foreign scholars; research seminars at which the department’s students present their research projects; and winter schools, summer schools and conferences organized by department faculty.
Students admitted to the department find a unique atmosphere of collective creativity amongst faculty and students: constant scholarly dialogue and a discussion of innovations in critical thought and the acute social problems in Russia and the world are combined with a challenging academic load. EUSP alumni remember this experience as an initiation from which they emerged professionals.
3 Gagarinskaya st.,
St. Petersburg 191187 Russia
Phone +7 (812) 386-7633 (Dean's office)
Phone +7 (812) 386-7633 (Department Professors)
Phone +7 (812) 386-7648 (IMARES)