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SEMESTER PROGRAMS  / POLICY AND CONFLICT IN THE POST-SOVIET SPACE
02.04.2017


Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Multiple Post-Soviet States; Multiple Post-Soviet Policy Problems

 
This Program is Based in:
 
Kiev
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  Travel Included!
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As the Soviet Union crumbled, it left behind ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse successor states. As these states tried to form domestic policies and governing institutions, the interests of their various populations were (and still are) often in conflict. Civil war erupted in Tajikistan and Georgia. Riots swept Kyrgyzstan. Armed conflicts broke out in Moldova and Russia.

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space seeks to critically analyze the post-Soviet era. Based in Kiev, Ukraine, students will also visit Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia to discuss the conflicts in all these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts. The history and interests of the various parties to the conflicts - including foreign interests - will be discussed. In this way, students will critically consider the modern governance problems that face multiethnic states. Students will search for pragmatic solutions using the experience they gain on the ground. In addition, students will intensively study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

Students of history, diplomacy, governance, and policy should be particularly interested in this course. As technology, globalization, and immigration create increasingly multi-cultural societies in Western states, the recent experiences of post-Soviet societies present increasingly valuable lessons.

Jump to: Requirements; CurriculumApplication.

 

- Dates and Costs -

Semester: $12,950*
Fall: Aug 31 – Dec 14, 2018 (Apply by May 15, 2018)
Spring: Feb 2 – May 18, 2018 (Apply by Oct 15, 2017)
Summer: N/A See these options
Full year: Contact us

 

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- Curriculum -

RS-391 Conflict and Policy
This course introduces the general theories of conflict and conflict resolution. It then focuses on a select number of specific case studies in the Post-Soviet Space (PSS). These include events in the Caucasus region and Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine and the “frozen conflicts.” Links between state policy and conflict, conflict resolution and prevention, international terrorism, and processes of integration and disintegration are discussed. Students produce several policy papers as part of the course. 
Academic Hours: 60 

RS-392 Identity in the Post-Soviet Space
Conflicts between groups often arise due to conflicting identities. To understand conflict, then, it is imperative to understand these identities and how they are formed from elements such as national values, as well as religious, economic, and political structures, and perceptions of history and culture. It is also necessary to understand how identities can be impacted, both positively and negatively, by mass media, popular culture, and propaganda from sources within and without the group identity. Lastly, it must be understood that identities are natural formations of any social group, arising from historical influences and also affected by the geography, climate, and geopolitical position of the area in which the group resides. Guest speakers from various groups and an extensive regional travel program will introduce students first hand to these factors. Students will write a research paper for this course. 
Academic Hours: 60

PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

Option 1: Internship Focus

RS-393 Professional Internship 
Participate in a professional internship at a company, not-for-profit organization, think tank, museum, or media organization. Internships are supervised by Novomova staff and faculty. Students will complete a regular journal and final paper for credit for this course. An extensive list of example placements can be found here.
Total Work Hours: 140

Plus - one language component:

RS-100/200/300/400 Russian Language Study  
Russian is a still a lingua franca for politics and business in much of the Post-Soviet Space. Small, intensive classes with additional focus on political and diplomatic language.
Academic Hours: 60

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RS-100/200/300 Ukrainian Language Study 
Ukrainian is, of course, the major language of Ukraine and the Ukrainian government. While Russian is widely used in Ukraine, Ukrainian can be particularly valuable for those hoping to work specifically in Ukraine in fields of diplomacy, business, or non-profit work. Small, intensive classes are offered at levels that can accommodate all from complete beginners to the advanced as well as heritage speakers.
Academic Hours: 60

Option 2: Language Intensive

Choose One Language Component:

RS-100/200/300 Russian Language Study  
Russian is a still a lingua franca for politics and business in much of the Post-Soviet Space. Small, intensive classes with additional focus on political and diplomatic language. For more information see SRAS's suggested syllabi for beginning (100), intermediate (200), and advanced (300). For more information see SRAS's suggested syllabi for beginning (100), intermediate (200), and advanced (300).
Academic Hours: 120

- OR -

RS-100/200/300 Ukrainian Language Study 
Ukrainian is, of course, the major language of Ukraine and the Ukrainian government. While Russian is widely used in Ukraine, Ukrainian can be particularly valuable for those hoping to work specifically in Ukraine in fields of diplomacy, business, or non-profit work. Small, intensive classes are offered at levels that can accommodate all from complete beginners to the advanced as well as heritage speakers.
Academic Hours: 120

 

- Details -

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*Cost Includes: tuition for study as outlined, housing (home stay with half board in Kiev), Russian visa and registration, pre-departure materials, local orientation, admission to all included venues, travel between Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, and Russia as well as internal transport and accommodations within those countries, health and accident insurance, round trip transfers from the train station or airport, SRAS in-country support, and use of a mobile telephone for the duration of the program. Students should contact us to confirm semester dates, arrival and departure cities.

*Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 3.0 in major courses. No prior knowledge of Russian required.

*About the Classes: All courses (except some RS sessions) are taught in English and designed to fulfill credit requirements in multiple areas. Your classmates will be mostly Americans and others based at US universities, although language classes may have a wider representation from European and other countries. When you arrive for your program, you will be placed in a group according to your language level, as determined by a short written or oral exam.

*A Word on Safety: SRAS takes safety concerns very seriously. We constantly monitor the situation on the ground and stay informed of the assessments of organizations such as the US State Department and SOS International. Note that students do not enter conflict zones. We believe the areas that students do visit carry risk comparable to studying in any large European city. For more on SRAS safety policies, please click here.

*Academic Credit:  Stetson University acts as the School of Record for “Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space” and will issue an official transcript reflecting academic work through this program. As an accredited institution, this academic credit is easily transferrable to any other accredited institution in the United States. Effective Spring 2017. Students planning on applying for credit transfer must read our FAQ page for more info.

 

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