Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Putinism as an Ideology

Putinism as an Ideology


Course Schedule:

January 16 – February 16, 2023 | Mon Thurs 11:50 AM – 1:10 PM EST

Language of Instruction: English
Course Prerequisites: English B2 / Equivalent or higher
Subject: HIS (History)
Credits: Non-credit bearing course
Attestation: SBB Project Certificate
Course Time Zone: Eastern Time (US/NY)
Professor’s Location and Time Zone: New York, US; Eastern Time (GMT – 5) 

Course Description
Throughout the recent decade political and cultural scholars have been debating whether the political regime in Russia has its own ideology and what its most important components are — cynicism, conspiracy theory, conservatism, nationalism, etc.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine this debate gained new momentum as various political actors inside Russia started to discuss the importance of state ideology and ideological education and indoctrination.

This course will offer students a possibility to read and watch key ideological (or proto ideological) texts, public speeches, videos and films made by Russian politicians, philosophers, propagandists and artists (Munich speech by Vladimir Putin, Okolonolya by Natan Dubovitsky/Vladislav Surkov, essays by Alexander Prokhanov and Alexander Dugin, tv-shows by Dmitry Kiselev) to find their own answer to the questions — Does Putin’s political regime have an ideologу? What is it made of? How has it been evolving?