Our three major courses are:
Language through Culture
When we teach foreign languages (Chinese and English), along with linguistics we help students to look into the culture and the worldview of the respective region. We speak to them of the worldview, customs and traditions - in other words, of the heart of the region under discussion. We encourage our students to penetrate into the nature of the foreign language, because each language is, above all, a way of perceiveing and analyzing reality.
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Man and Society through Philosophy
When we teach philosophy, we set a theoretical problem and then offer a few ways of solving it, presented in the works of Russian, Oriental and Western philosophers. We choose pairs of philosophical works representing two respecitve traditions for each problem (Russia-West; Russia-China; West-China) to make the comparative analysis more exact. This all is meant to help students to develop their own way of addressing the problems raised.
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History through Literature and Movies
During the course, we muse upon the interconnectedness of human fates, the crucial moments of our history as the humanity. We do not bother ourselves with dates and trends; rather, we look at historic events through the eyes of their witnesses. Books and movies reviving the spirit of different époques help us to do that. We compare Russian, Chinese, and Western movies and texts to research the way views and values influence the lives of people in different cultures.
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Discover Language through Culture
Chinese
  • Chinese basics: phonetics and characters
  • The propensity of Chinese space. Architecture and landscape
  • Ritual and introvertedness as key elements of Chinese worldview
  • The significance of family in China
  • Nature in Chinese culture: worship of Heaven and Earth
  • The Chinese healthy aspirations: food habits and traditional medicine
  • Chinese poetry and prose: classics and modernity
  • What Chinese are praying for: harmony and stability, wealth and luck
  • Confucianism and socialism intertwined in the political doctrine of China
  • Modern China: from the 1949 Revolution to leading globalization
    English
    • Why is it important to learn English language? Discussing modern global issues.
    • Mother-Earth: Ecological and Environmental problems.
    • Global financial flows and their impact on globalization.
    • Migration and melting pot.
    • War and peace: hard power vs soft power.
    • Income Gap: Poverty and Wealth.
    • Millennials' psychological problems: Self-Motivation and Target-setting.
    • Religion matter in times of globalization: traditions and tolerance
      Discover Man and Society through Philosophy
      • Human ways of knowing: sensible reality and metaphysical reasoning
      • The essence of time and human life: circular and linear history
      • The relationship between society and politics: freedom or control
      • Importance of Ethics: is there any absolute Good or absolute Evil
      • Love and hatred: universal love for one another or a fair judgement
      • The basis of a thriving society: is tradition an obstacle to progress
      • Can one person change the world: the activist and the hermit
      • The sense of life: carpe diem or the hope for Paradise
        Discover History through Literature and Movies
        • Is it possible to fully merge with a foreign culture?
        • Why do superstitions still exist?
        • How can history affect one's fate?
        • What are the sources and the fruits of disagreement?
        • What is the fate of a woman in a traditional and modern society?
        • How did our predecessors see the future of humanity?
        • How does segregation affect the society?
        • What are the sources of spiritual enlightenment for people in different cultures?