Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Russian Cultural Revolution of the 1920s - 1930s



Course Schedule:

June 3, 2024 – July 10, 2024 | Monday; Wednesday 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Term: June 3, 2024 – July 10, 2024
Schedule: Monday; Wednesday 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Level: 300-Level
Language of Instruction:
Course Prerequisites: Russian B2 / Equivalent or higher / Good command of the Russian language, allowing students to read and discuss texts in the original language
Subject: HIS (History)
Max Enrollment: 22
Credits: 3 US / 6 ECTS

The subject of the course is political theories, as well as artistic and everyday practices of the 1920-1930s, associated with the production of a new subject (the formation of specific ideas in the field of physiology, psychology, pedagogy, ethnography, philosophy of language and literary theory, etc.) and the new Soviet everyday culture (from new practices of gender relations to the development of hygiene programs and physical education programs).

Guidelines for the Statement of Purpose:
Craft a reflective statement of purpose explaining your interest in the Smolny Beyond Borders online course. The file should be saved with your name and course title as the filename and uploaded accordingly. Your statement’s clarity and substance will significantly influence our selection. Convey your motivations and aspirations for this course succinctly but thoroughly. Kindly write your statement in the course’s Language of Instruction.

Application Portal Instructions:
1) Use the Latin alphabet for all entries on the portal, including your name. If the Language of Instruction is Russian, you may use Cyrillic only within the Statement of Purpose file, and the title of the file should still be in English.
2) Refrain from using email addresses associated with Russian or Belarusian educational institutions.
3) While completing the “Required Information” section, ensure you fill in the “Province” field for your address.
4) Provide an address outside Russia or Belarus in both the “Required Information” and “Geographic Location Confirmation” sections of the “Online Course Application”. This ensures we can send your transcript.
5) You must press the “Sign” button twice during the application.
6) If you hold a bachelor’s degree, select “4th+” in the “Academic Year (online)” section.
7) Applicants either unaffiliated or affiliated with educational institutions in Russia and Belarus should list ‘Smolny Beyond Borders’ as their educational institution.
8) In the student ID section, enter ‘SBB’.
9) Consider drafting your motivation letter ahead of time. Save it as a separate file with this format: LastName_FirstName_CourseTitle for a smoother application process.

Video of the Course Presentation: