School of Education

Courses and Descriptions

Core Courses 

Current Issues in Education

Instructor: Victoria Antipova, PhD, Associate Professor

4 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study some of the most pressing issues and controversies now face educators and communities.

The information for this course is divided into following theoretical parts:

  • Part 1 examines basic concepts and fundamental theories of education.
  • Part 2 provides information on such current issues in education as Deviance and Crime, Social and Global Stratification, Race and Ethnicity, Sex and Gender as well as Educational Issues Related to Economics and Politics and Influence by Technical Progress on Education.
  • Part 3 gives the information on reforms of education.
  • Part 4 deals with global perspective on education.
Fundemantals of Educational Research

Instructor: Denis Leonidov, PhD, Associate Professor

2 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study fundamentals of educational research. The information for this course is divided in to following theoretical parts.

  • In the first part, philosophical, psychological, ethical and aesthetical foundations of methodology are discussed.
  • Part 2 provides the information on characteristics, means and methods of scientific researches, organization of the scientific research process, particularity of the collective scientific researches.
  • Part 3 gives the information on the structure and rules of scientific researches and on the formation of the source base of research and data collection methods. General methods of social and humanitarian studies are also discussed and trained here.
  • Part 4 is concentrated on characteristics, means and methods of practical activity, organization of the practical activity process, project management.
  • The last part deals with the logical structure and characteristics of educational activity and with the organization of the educational activity process.
ICT in Science and Teaching

Instructor: Irina Turuntaeva, PhD, Associate Professor

2 credits

Synopsis:

The PC is a rapidly evolving device which is now a primary tool of communication and learning. Modern network resources, computer programs and multimedia software also provide the technological basis for new ways of learning and teaching. The use of information technology in the education widens the knowledge and skills the teacher needs. These new skills are of particular importance within graduate education where resource-based learning is playing an increasing role in all subject areas.

The information for this course is divided into the following theoretical parts:

  • Part 1 Definition and concepts: Web 2.0 systems and technologies.
  • Part 2 Introduction to educational network resources.
  • Part 3 Provides information on application programs.
Professional Foreign Language (Russian) – for non-Russian speakers

Instructor: Ekaterina Tarlysheva, PhD, Associate Professor

4 credits

Synopsis:

Russian language classes are aimed at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing emphasizing social contexts.

  • First part of beginning course starts with fundamentals of speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing Russian.
  • Further studies take into consideration the appropriate level. It includes some exposure to Russian culture.
Professional Foreign Language (English) – for Russian speakers

Instructor: Sergei Karpenko, PhD, Associate Professor

4 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course students are to develop their ability to efficiently communicate in English in their professional sphere in a written and oral form. The information in this course is centered round the following topics:

  • Part 1 examines lexical and grammatical peculiarities of business English.
  • Part 2 provides information about the effective CV and resume writing, interviews and job hunting.
  • Part 3 gives the information about successful theses writing, letters in professional sphere, presentations and professional dialogues.
Quantitative Research Techniques in Education

Instructor: Sergei Karpenko, PhD, Associate Professor

3 credits

Synopsis:

The primary goals of the course are to introduce students to the fundamentals of statistical reasoning and basic statistical methods used in educational research settings.

In terms of this course students are to read educational research that uses fundamental statistical methods; to undertake elementary data analysis; and to take more advanced statistics courses which build upon the elemental knowledge learned in this course. Topics will include exploring and summarizing data, probability distributions used in hypothesis testing, bootstrapping, randomization tests. Course material will be presented to facilitate students’ conceptual understanding of fundamental statistical methods typically employed in educational and psychological research settings.

Focused Courses 

Philosophical Foundations of Education in Russia

Instructor: Alexandra Prokopenko, PhD, Associate Professor

3 credits

Synopsis:

This course examines the basic philosophical concepts and categories constitute the basis of Russian education. Special attention is paid to such ideas as spirituality, person, culture, religion, Russian identity, narodnik movement, all-unity. There will also be detailed study of individual thinkers and/or works, including Dostoevskii, Rozanov, Berdiaev, Tolstoi, thinkers of the Russian Diaspora, Bakhtin, Ilienkov,G. Shchedrovitsky. Course is focused on problems of freedom and society, human nature and faith in Russian philosophy and pedagogy.

The course consists of two parts:

  • Part 1 gives the information about main ideas of Russian philosophy: spirituality, religion, person, culture, Russian identity, narodnik movement, all-unity.
  • Part 2 is concentrated on studying of individual thinkers and their works.
Cultural Anthropology and MultiEthnical studies in Education

Instructor: Sergei Karpenko, PhD, Associate Professor

5 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study some of the fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology in general and with reference to Multi-Ethnic Studies in Education.

The information for this course is divided into following theoretical parts:

  • Part 1 examines basic concepts and fundamental theories of Cultural Anthropology.
  • Part 2 provides the bulk of information on major topics of Cultural Anthropology.
  • Part 3 gives the information on Contemporary Multi-Ethnic Issues.
  • Part 4 deals with Modern Concepts of Multicultural/Multiethnic Education.
Curriculum Development in Effective Teaching for Diversity

Instructor: Elena Semchenko, Senior Lecturer

3 credits

Synopsis:

As the student population in schools becomes increasingly diverse, educators must respond with school reform efforts that meet the needs of all students. They must develop culturally sensitive curricula that integrate multicultural viewpoints and histories, apply instructional strategies that encourage all students to achieve, and review school and district policies related to educational equity. Teacher education programs in particular are responsible for preparing future teachers to promote meaningful, engaged learning for all students, regardless of their race, gender, ethnic heritage, or cultural background. This course will increase awareness about cultural diversity, enhance knowledge of specific issues in diversity, and develop skills in integrating cultural diversity into the curriculum.

Culture and Ethnicity in the Mass Media

Instructor: Alexandra Prokopenko, PhD, Associate Professor

3 credits

Synopsis:

This course will present information for critical thinking and discussion about the ethnical and cultural experiences associated with contemporary media. It is concerned with issues of ethnicity and culture in newspapers, on television news, and on news internet sites locally, nationally and internationally. Students explorere presentations of ethnicity and culture in the media representations. Working with a shared theoretical base of social responsibility, students examine a series of specific issues, place those issues in a broader cultural and ethnical context, and develop an understanding of the media influence on people’s perception of culture and ethnicity.

Tolerance and Education

Instructor: Oksana Salnikova, PhD, Associate Professor

3 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study the main concepts of Education for Tolerance.

Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace. Tolerance is an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.Education for tolerance is an urgent imperative nowadays.

The information for this course is divided into the following theoretical parts:

  • Part 1 examines civic education and the development of democratic values.
  • Part 2 provides the information on universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of people.
  • Part 3 deals with different types of stereotypes.
  • Part 4 is concentrated on dimensions of tolerance.
Сultural Anthropology and MultiEthical studies in Education
Ethnosociology

Instructor: Alexandra Prokopenko, PhD, Associate Professor

2 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study sociological theories of ethnicity, including such concepts as «nation», «identity», «ethnos», «multiculturalism», «inter-ethnic communication», «nationalism», «ethnical diversity», «nationalities policy», «ethnic conflicts». Course especially concentrates on the problems of the migration in the modern world, ethnical identity and demographic aspects of ethnical processes. The course consists of two parts.

  • Part 1 gives the information about sociological theory of ethnicity.
  • Part 2 is devoted to main problems of development of ethnic groups (conflicts, demography, identity, diversity).

Elective courses 

Intercultural Communication in Education

Instructor: Oksana Salnikova, PhD, Associate Professor

4 credits

Synopsis:

In today’s globalized world of international contacts and multicultural interaction, effective cross-cultural communication is a pre-requisite for social harmony, organizational success, and conceptualization of our place in this world. Cross-cultural Communication is designed to help students investigate and understand the challenges of communicating in the world, with a special emphasis on communicative construction of otherness that exaggerates and emphasizes such challenges. This course will provide theoretical, methodological and ethnographic tools to understand the tenets and implications of cross-cultural communication from the interpersonal to the global levels. Through observing, simulating and experiencing incidents of cross-cultural communication, students will begin to examine and develop skills that are necessary for effective understanding and for successful intercultural communication.

Globalization and Education

Instructor: Oksana Salnikova, PhD, Associate Professor

3 credits

Synopsis:

This course surveys current perspectives on globalizations & investigates the links between globalizations & education. Topics include:

  • economic & cultural globalization,
  • new technologies, community & culture in information societies,
  • the nation state & educational policy in global/local context. This course focuses on theoretical, rather than popular debates on globalization.

The aims of this course are to: introduce the concept of globalizations and the theoretical debates it has inspired; develop a broad-based understanding of the political, economic, socio-cultural and ethical dimensions of globalizations; critically examine how links between local and global interests shape education systems and practices; produce a well argued paper that draws on a wide range of interdisciplinary resources concerning the meanings and analysis of globalizations, especially in relation to education.

Polyethnicity in Russian Culture

Instructor: Olga Samoylenko, PhD, Associate Professor

4 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study the cultural traditions of the major Russia’s ethnic groups: Russian, Tatar, Ukranian, Chuvash, Bashkir, Byelorussian, Chechen, Mordvin. The information for this course is divided into the following theoretical parts. It focuses on the ethnic situation in the present day Russia and its major ethnicities; covers issues such as holiday concepts, holiday typology and provides information on the holidays and traditions of the major Russia’s ethnicities.

History of Education

Instructor: Olga Samoylenko, PhD, Associate Professor

2 credits

Synopsis:

The Course on History of Education will help you to understand how the past events shaped the present education systems, theories and related phenomenon in the area of education. Secondly, it will enable you to appreciate the importance of education to mankind since time immemorial across the generations. You will be able to examine critically the fundamental part which education plays in the transformation of society.

Creativity and Education

Instructor: Tatiana Skripnikova, PhD, Associate Professor

2 credits

Synopsis:

Students are encouraged to understand and direct their own creative process while studying methods and theories that could encourage creative behavior in classrooms. Emphasis is placed on the development of procedures that will ensure a climate conducive to creativity in secondary and college classrooms.

Grant Writing in Education

Instructor: Denis Leonidov, PhD, associate professor

2 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study the main concepts of grant writing in education. The information for this course is divided in to following parts. Part 1 give the general idea of the Strategy of grant writing. Part 2 provides information on search and analysis of the most probable funds. Parts 3 and 4 give the information on making of a letter proposal and of a full proposal respectively. Part 5 is concentrated on editing of ready-made proposals, which were not supported. Part 6 provides information on the techniques of preparation of a report for supported applications.

Adult Teaching and Learning

Instructor: Olga Trubich, Senior Lecturer

4 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study the main concepts of Pedagogics and Adult Teaching. The information in this discussion-based course is centered round the following topics.

  • Part 1 examines theories of teaching and learning within higher education in a practical way as well as in “how” and “why” adults learn and what factors have a positive or negative effect on their learning.
  • Part 2 provides information on the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual nature of adult learning.
  • Part 3 gives the information on self-directed learning, the cycle of learning, learning styles, multiple intelligences, situated learning, the role of interpersonal interactions.
Management in Education: comparative studies

Instructor: Elena Semchenko, Senior Lecturer

4 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course students are to study the main concepts of management in education. The information for this course is divided into following theoretical parts:

  • Part 1 examines structure, problems and tendencies in educational policy;
  • Part 2 provides information on methods of social studies, case-studies;
  • Part 3 gives the information on ways of projecting and managing projects;
  • Part 4 is concentrated on social, methodological and methodical aspects in educationalmanagement.
Structure and Reform of Education. Comparative Studies

Instructor: Elena Semchenko, Senior Lecturer

4 credits

Synopsis:

In terms of this course the students are to study the main concepts of educational policy and reform of educational systems in the comparative aspects.Distinctive features of educational systems of different countries are formed on the basis of the social procurement of society itself as well as on the model of society planned by the state. Studying the educational systems and reforms in comparative aspects contributes to better understanding of ethno-linguistic and cultural peculiarities of different societies.

The information for this course is divided into following theoretical parts:

  • Part 1 examines the structure of educational system.
  • Part 2 examines educational systems and reforms of educational systems of different countries.
  • Part 3 gives the comparative analysis of the characteristic features of educational systems.