What is Institute of Social Sciences:
The Institute is constantly working to launch new degree programs, expand the options of education courses, and create new forms of extracurricular student life under the supervision of Sergey Zuev — Director of the Institute for Social Sciences of RANEPA and a Member of the Academic Council of RANEPA.
Our programs are designed to prepare graduates to be future leaders and professionals in the sphere of global public policy, business, economics and the humanities. Besides taking part in academic conferences, sporting events, competitions, and social projects, students also have opportunities to undertake their own social, educational, and cultural projects.
Liberal Arts College
One of the two LA projects in Russia was launched in 2014. Liberal arts is a unique system of education popular in America. In the liberal arts system, you study a variety of disciplines (for example science, arts, history, economics, business) while at the same time achieving an in-depth knowledge in the field of your chosen major(s). This structure of the program allows the student to form a truly individualized training program, which provides the graduate with a unique set of competencies. The scientific supervisor of the program is Professor of the University of Oxford (UK), Academic Program Director of the Faculty of Public Administration of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of the editorial board of the journals "New Literary Review", "Slavic Review" (USA), "Cahiers de Monde Russe" (France) Andrei Zorin.
The School of Public Policy & Management
The School programs are supported by extensive outreach that includes integrating seminars, speaker series, conferences, roundtables. This format brings together practitioners, students, and faculty along with government, business, and international leaders to contribute to policy debates nationally and internationally. The School faculty includes top researchers in business, economics, political science, and public policy.
School of Media & Communications
The School is training skilled specialists for an array of positions in PR, advertising, digital marketing, and web-design. All programs have a strongly pronounced practical orientation. In teaching the students, particular emphasis is placed on learning digital communication. All vocational subjects are taught by professors with long track records of practical work.
School of Philosophy & Social Sciences
Combines best British and Russian educational practices. Offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate programmes and courses in philosophy and the social sciences. The faculty runs intense international activity, appearing in various scientific journals, and also launches “The Sociology of Power” which is the most respected interdisciplinary social sciences journal in Russia.
School of Design
The school exists since 2011. The Academic staff comprises highly skilled and globally renowned artists, designers, illustrators and art critics. Throughout the entire training period, practical workshops, extra-school lessons in museums, art galleries, branding and advertising agencies are carried out. Apart from that, as early as in their first year of studies, students begin to create their own projects and to present their works at exhibitions and art competition which helps them acquire professional experience.
School of Psychology
The school offers a variety of courses in counseling, psychotherapeutics, abilities’ development, usability, HR, business psychology and career development. The scope of problems regarded are personality development, cognitive psychology, leadership, methods of psychotherapy, problem-solving processes, the theory of the mind in early childhood, bilingualism and human thinking, experts knowledge (high-level achievements in solving particular problems, such as intellectual, managerial, communicative ones, etc.).
School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities
One of the largest Institute for Social Sciences’ divisions, the school exists since 2013. It brings together leading academics in various fields of humanities and offers groundbreaking research and educational opportunities for younger scholars and students in history, philology, cultural, folklore studies, and oriental studies. Schools working here develop and maintain educational programs marked by a combination of a firm theoretical basis with a wide range of practical issues.
The scientific potential (research base) of the ISS is currently based on more than 15 Research and Expert-Analytical Centers. We are among the Russian top in the field of academic research. Our 15 research centers make a significant contribution to the institute academic life. They handle a huge range of scientific activities, involving both – faculty and students. They do research, publish journals, books, and carry various international events focused on social sciences and humanities. Besides, a wide scope of fields of interest brings a lot of disciplinary interaction which is essential for the contemporary sciences. We are successful because we apply fundamental academic research in an innovative way when dealing with social and individual problems.
- Research Center for Public Policy and Public Administration
- School of Advanced studies in the Humanities
- Research center for Russian Studies
- Research Center for Resource Economics
- Research Center for the Development of Educational Systems
- Research Center for Political and Social Monitoring
- Center for Sociological Research
- Research Center for Political Theory and Applied Political Science
- Town-planning Expertise Center
- Research Center for Cognitive Studies
Research within the Institute for Social Sciences concentrates on six themes: Public Policy and Public Administration, Humanities, Political Sciences, Social Sciences and Urban Development. Within these six focus areas we research the possibilities and challenges of a sustainable society.
The mission of the Institute for Social Sciences is to provide high-quality practical orientated degree and non-degree programs for Russian and international students in collaboration with Partner Universities from all over the world. ISS project was conceived to transfer the experience accumulated by the “western” universities to Russia after a period of isolation and elimination of a part of Russia’s academic elite. The question was how to do it without simply outright copying the western universities in the differing conditions of Russia. One of the most important focuses of teachers and employees is turning the ISS into a model for education development – a “firing range” for testing innovations that could be used in higher education throughout Russia. Our main aim is to bring together the best-specialized programs and practices from the well-known Universities into one. Offer the unique educational programs with the same degree as partner University and lower living expenses and tuitions which will allow students to focus on their studies.
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