April 30 deadline for MARCA Petropolitana (MA in Russian Culture and the Arts). European University at Saint Petersburg (http://www.eu.spb.ru), a leading private graduate school in Russia, offers a new interdisciplinary program on the Russian culture and arts – MARCA Petropolitana.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: MARCA is an advanced graduate program for students who already hold a B.A. degree or its equivalent in one or more disciplines from a wide range of the humanities, area/cultural studies or social sciences: from linguistics to history, from art history to journalism and from philosophy to sociology. The program offers training and research opportunities as well as personal experience of Russia, its history and culture. It provides training in cultural history, literature and art history combining the highest standards of teaching in English by the Russian and international faculty with the advantages of living in St. Petersburg. We offer a comprehensive and varied curriculum. There is no Russian language prerequisite, as the main curriculum is taught in English.
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to registering for two residence units (one for each semester) a MARCA student must take at least six courses during the year. Please note that language courses do not count towards course requirements. All students must submit a Master’s thesis (12 ECTS credits). Essays generally must be about 15,000 words, fully footnoted, and include bibliographies.
- Russian Avant-garde: Myths, Hypotheses, Facts;
- Visual Images of the Russian Identity;
- The Home of Russian Tsars: Palace, People, Collections (the Hermitage);
- Empire, State, Building: Architecture as a Mirror of Russian Politics;
- From Icon to Avant-garde. A General Survey of Russian Art through the Centuries;
- St. Petersburg in Russian Literature, 18th through 20th Century;
- The Political Culture of the Russian Revolution;
- Unofficial Late Soviet Culture;
- West-East: Russian-European Relations in the Visual Arts: 18th to 20th Century;
Optional course ‘Russian as a Second Language’ (RSL): up to 8 hours per week.
WORKLOAD AND CREDITS: Two semesters of 14-weeks each, 20 contact hours per week on average, plus thesis. The choice of 3 to 5 subject courses per semester. Each subject course carries 8 ECTS credits (4 US credits) and is taught for 4 academic hours per week plus homework.
ACADEMIC FEES AND LIVING EXPENSES: The academic fees for the two-semester M.A. program in 2011-2012 will be 10,500 US dollars per annum and 5,250 US dollars per semester. Lodging is not provided by EUSP, but arrangements for those who wish to rent a room from Russian families a non-shared apartment will be made. Overall estimated living expenses for 10 months, including lodging, food, local transportation, books and study materials range from $6,500 to $8,000 on a moderate budget.
HOW TO APPLY: by going to http://www.eu.spb.ru/marca/apply Word application forms can also be downloaded from www.eu.spb.ru/marca or requested by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes begin during the first week of September in the Fall Term and the first week of February in the Spring Term. Applicants can choose the starting date. They have to meet the deadline for submitting applications accordingly: April 30, 2011 to start in September 2011 or October 30, 2011 to start in February 2012
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