The Russian Far East Studies Course
(56 Academic hours over 14 weeks)
The Russian Far East Study course is an overview of the history of the Russian Far East, its economic, geographical situation and current importance as a transport hub with substantial natural resources, unique local politics and demographics. Students examine and analyze Russia’s foreign policies and relations with China, Japan and Korea.
Participants gain a greater understanding of the challenges posed by the sheer geographic size of Russia and how distance from the more European capital of Moscow and proximity of the Asian powerhouses influences local politics and economic development.
Excursions class sessions:
Several excursions will be integrated into the course material. These may include the Vladimir K. Arsenyev Regional Museum, the Vladivostok Fortress Museum, The Museum of History, Archeology and Ethnography of the RFE People, Automobile plant “Sollers”, Int. Co. “Coca-Cola”, Local Libraries of the city.
Course tuition fee:
Fall / spring semester – 42 500 roubles per semester (56 hours)
Summer short-term course (June) – 21 300 roubles per month (28 hours)
Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District. Federal Subjects (Geographic Features, Territory, Natural Resources, Infrastructure , Cities, etc.);
History (Russian Explorers, Early History, Religion and Interfaith Dialogue etc.);
Demographics (Population, Traditional Ethnic Groups, Indigenous Peoples of the Far East, etc.);
Education (System of education in Russia; Educational Institutions of the Far East; etc.);
Traditions and Customs (Family Traditions; Holidays; etc.);
Industry, Economy, and Environment;
Regional policies and relations with Moscow; Russian-American cooperation in the Far East and Asian-Pacific Region; RFE and China, Japan and Korea.
- Round-table discussions (with the students and guest speakers as well).
Each student should present 4-policy briefs over the course of the semester. This assignment is meant to encourage them to understand the practical applications of what they see, learn, experience while on RFE program.
About the School
VSUES, founded in 1967, is located in the center of Vladivostok, the city with unique monuments and architecture, combining Russian and Oriental style traditions.