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RUST5 Digital Culture in Russia 5 ECTS
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Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
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Russian Studies
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

General description

The course will introduce students to various aspects of Russian digital culture. We will start with the historical perspective: how can digital communication be studied in the broad context of the history of reading and how the Russian internet, Runet, has evolved technologically, culturally and socially. We will take a closer look to specific areas of digital culture, such as, electronic libraries, social media, internet’s regulation and online popular culture. All these topics offer important insights into Russian contemporary culture and society from the point of view of digital communication while introducing theoretical and analytical frameworks that will be useful when planning individual theses and further studies.

The course consists of 20 hrs lectures and seminar work as well as individual assignments prepared outside the class work. The students are expected to attend lectures, read 1-2 articles before each lecture and participate in class discussion. There will be 2 mini-assignments during the course, which are presented and discussed in the last class. In addition, the students will write a final paper (7-10 pages) on a selected topic related to the course theme. The return date of the final papers is one month after the last lecture.

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Saara Ratilainen, Teacher responsible


22-Sep-2016 – 8-Dec-2016
Lectures 20 hours
Thu 22-Sep-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 29-Sep-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 6-Oct-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 13-Oct-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 20-Oct-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 27-Oct-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 3-Nov-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 10-Nov-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 1-Dec-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118
Thu 8-Dec-2016 at 16-18, PinniB 3118

Further information

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