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Digital Transformation of State and Society in Russia

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EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2019
NORMAL prices after 28.2.2019

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The ‘digital’ is profoundly changing Russia today, equally transforming the methods used to study Russia. To grasp this two-fold transformation, this course brings together leading Helsinki experts in Russian Studies and digital humanities to examine how Russian society, politics, economy and culture are reconfigured in the context of digitalisation. We now have a wealth of new (big) data sources, such as digital archives, social media and various kinds of ‘digital-born’ content that allow us to investigate Russian society in novel ways.

Through a series of lectures, demos and workshops culminating in a three-day hackathon, the course provides a concise overview of the novel opportunities for applying digital methods and big data to the study of Russian state and society. We will address methodological questions that are particular to the study of Russia, such as Russian social media platforms and the analysis of Russian-language sources, as well as legal and ethical controversies involved in working with Russian digital research materials. The course is suitable for all students interested in the changing field of Russian Studies at the intersection of the ‘societal’ and the ‘digital’.

Learning objectives

The student understands and is able to recognise multi/interdisciplinary approaches of Digital transformation of state and society in Russia. The student is able to name and recognise the major methodologies used in digital humanities. The student can interpret processes and phenomena analysed in the course. After finishing the course, the student will have gained tools to be applied further in the study of Russian state and society. In addition, the student acquires inquiry-based learning skills and collaborative study methods.

Course format and teaching methods

The course entails around 40 hours of teaching with various activating learning formats, such as lectures, demos and workshops, culminating in a three-day hackathon. Each lecture includes mandatory pre-reading.

Target students

The course is designed for advanced undergraduates or Master’s level students of humanities and social sciences.


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Apply now! Summer 2019
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Aug 6, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States