RUST5/VENS10 Transgressive Media: Russia and the World 5 ECTS
Periods
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
English
Type or level of studies
Basic studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Russian Studies
Faculty of Communication Sciences

General description

In 2015-16 Russian government and media have been accused of ‘hacking the Western democracy’ and ‘propagating the Kremlin ideas in the West’. Russian broadcasters such as RT have been increasingly influential on global arena, causing ‘a crisis of journalism’ and ‘the arrival of the post-truth era’. The course provides an in-depth analysis of the structure of Russian media, paying special attention to transgressive media strategies such as trolling, hacking, and pirating, as well as considering other forms of subversion such as ‘queer’ media. Students will acquire knowledge about Russian media, society and government and their relationship with the world. Students will conduct their own media projects closely examining Russian media. No knowledge of the Russian language is required to take the course.     

The course will take place as an intensive course. Teaching will take place in the evenings, except on Fridays. 

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment time has expired

Teachers

Vlad Strukov, Teacher responsible

Teaching

23-Oct-2017 – 1-Nov-2017
Tutorials
Mon 23-Oct-2017 at 16-19, PinniB 4119
Tue 24-Oct-2017 at 16-19, PinniB 4117, Group study session
Wed 25-Oct-2017 at 16-19, PinniB 4116
Thu 26-Oct-2017 at 16-19, PinniB 4116
Fri 27-Oct-2017 at 10-13, PinniB 4115
Mon 30-Oct-2017 at 16-19, PinniB 4116
Wed 1-Nov-2017 at 16-19, PinniB 4116

Further information

The course will be taught in English; the course will be taught following the British academic tradition with a lot of focus on discussion, critical thinking and individual work.

No knowledge of the Russian language is required to take this course. Some Russian terms will be introduced and explained by the course leader. Social, political and cultural setting for Russian media will be introduced by the lecturer. Guidance on how to write academic essays in English will be provided.

The course will be beneficial for students with background in Russian Studies, Politics, Communication, Media, Journalism, Intercultural Communication, Visual Studies, and Eastern European Studies; however, students with background in other disciplines are also welcome. 

Vlad Strukov is Associate Professor in Digital Culture in  University of Leeds, UK.

The course is organized in cooperation with Aleksanteri Institute's Russian and East European Master's School.