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

This Program is Available in:
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Kiev-WWII-Museum Novamova International Language School
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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. Students will visit multiple post-Soviet states to discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts. Past itineraries have included Ukraine*, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia. Contact us to find out our next itinerary. 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.

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- Dates and Costs -

Semester: $12,950*
Fall: Sept 1 – Dec 15, 2017 (Apply by May 15, 2017)
Spring: Feb 5 – May 17, 2018 (Apply by Nov 15, 2017)
Summer: N/A See these options
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- Curriculum -

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 and thus forms a foundation for this course. Small, intensive classes with additional focus on political and diplomatic language. Intensive study for 20 hours per week. For more information see SRAS's suggested syllabi for beginning (100), intermediate (200), and advanced (300).
Academic Hours: 240

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 Central Asia, the Caucauses, Kosovo, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Links between state policy and conflict, conflict resolution and prevention, international terrorism, and processes of integration and disintegration are discussed. The roles of religion, media, language, international influences, ethnicity, and more are covered by guest speakers. Students produce several policy papers as part of the course.  
Academic Hours: 60

RS-391L Multicultural Lab
In addition to the lectures and guest speakers for PC-301, students will participate in related excursions, travel, roundtables with local university students, and hands-on cultural events in four countries to further improve their knowledge of the modern cultures and peoples being studied. Students will complete a substantial project for this course.


- Details -

*Cost Includes: tuition for study as outlined, housing (home stay with half board in Chisenau), 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.

*Ukraine: Current itineraries do not include Ukraine due to the US State Department warning. While Kiev is in our view safe and a wonderful place for study right now, many universities have blanket policies concerning these warnings. As such, until this warning is removed, Ukraine will not be on the itinerary.

*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.

*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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