'Russia and the world' course is the first step on the road to research discoveries

Education 28 August 2018
First-year students, following individualized educational trajectories, will begin their education by taking the Common Core curriculum courses.

For the first time this educational model was successfully tested last year. Today’s Core was conceptually redesigned taking into account gained experience and current trends. Now it consists of five main courses: ‘Russia and the world’, ‘Digital culture’, ‘Philosophy: thinking techniques’, ‘Principles of scientific knowledge’ and ‘Project management’.

The course ‘Russia and the world‘ will serve as a launching pad for building individualized educational trajectories. It will enable students to look at the big picture and go on a journey of self-discovery to find their proper place in the world.

- What do I know about the world and is it possible to learn more about it while exploring Russia? What does Russia’s history represent in retrospect? Is it possible to understand the country and its residents by studying other countries? Can I learn something new about this world that is unknown to other researches?

To find answers to these questions, first-year students will attend lectures on history, cultural studies, urban geography and anthropology given by the leading researchers in the social-humanitarian sphere, including Aleksandr Marey, Aleksandr Semenov, Nikolay Ssorin-Chaikov (The National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) and Mark Meerovich (Irkutsk National Research Technical University, Irkutsk)

After lectures the students will have workshops and work on joint research projects, the results of which they will later present before the experts.

‘The necessity of studying general disciplines is quite a controversial question for vocational education supporters. Think about it: why do we enter university? Do we do this to simply learn how to fulfill professional tasks or to learn how to establish objectives in the face of an uncertain future? Obviously, the second one. In order to identify your profession’s weaknesses and effectively manage your own career, it is not enough to listen to your professor - you need to be able to act on your own. The Common Core curriculum courses will help students develop these skills’, said Valery Falkov, Rector of the University of Tyumen.

It should be noted that, 'Russia and the world’ will be realized in close connection with the course ‘Digital culture’.

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communication

Link to Russian version: https://www.utmn.ru/presse/novosti/obrazovanie/573795/


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