Knowledge and Values: Transformations in Changing World
The master’s programme in Knowledge and Values: Transformations in Changing World is aimed at training specialists in modern epistemology and axiology for educational institutions of the general, professional and higher education system, academic and research organizations, mass media, cultural institutions, public organizations, public administration bodies by developing master’s personal qualities and forming their universal, general professional and professional competencies in accordance with the Federal State Educational Standards and RUDN University Educational Standards. The programme trains specialists capable of working simultaneously in two research areas of philosophy: theory of values (axiology) and theory of knowledge (epistemology). This combination of research competencies provides graduates with significant competitive advantage to start their research and teaching careers.
During the first three terms under the master’s programme students study theoretical disciplines and are engaged in research work, the fourth term is devoted to internships and preparing their graduation work (master’s thesis).
A large number of hours are devoted to the study of modern problems of philosophy in various aspects: analytical philosophy, philosophical comparative studies, problems of modernity and postmodernity.
Specialization by the department begins from the first year of study. It is supported by relevant lecture courses and seminars delivered and conducted by leading researchers of the faculty.
In the second year of study, students develop a research topic chosen within the framework of their specialization and prepare and defend a master’s thesis under the supervision of professors and associate professors of the department. The graduating departments for this programme are Department of Ontology and Theory of Knowledge, Department of Ethics, Department of History of Philosophy and Department of Social Philosophy.
— Theory and Practice of Argumentation;
— Professional Ethics: Problems of General Theory;
— Ethics of Science and Education;
— Tradition and Conservative Thought;
— Pedagogy of Higher Education and Methods of Teaching Philosophy at Universities; and
— Foreign Language (Basics of Translation of Scientific Texts).
In addition, the programme offers to study a large number of optional disciplines:
— Non-Classical Epistemologies;
— Theory of Knowledge in Russian Neo-Kantianism;
— Philosophy of Mythology;
— Philosophy of Anthroposociogenesis;
— Social Criticism;
— Justice as a Philosophical Problem;
— Ideal of Knowledge in Historical and Philosophical Discourse;
— Problem of Correlation of Knowledge, Faith and Reason in European Philosophy;
— Knowledge and Values in Eastern Philosophy: India. China;
— Ethics of World Religions;
— Aristotle's “Great Ethics”;
— Ethics of Existentialism and Problems of Bioethics (in English).
Internships are designed in such a way that they enable students to gain teaching skills both in secondary and higher educational institutions in Moscow and other settlements of Russia.
Philosophical sciences play a significant part in society, contributing to historical continuity, improving value orientations and spiritual and moral attitudes. They ensure that fundamental knowledge, which contributes to the development and prosperity of the country, unlocking its growth potential, as well as enriching “human capital”, be preserved and enhanced. Despite the interest in predominantly practice-oriented specialties, the deep practice-transformative potential of philosophical worldview knowledge ensures the demand for training. Philosophical education is in demand in educational institutions. In addition, there is significant variability in the employment of graduates of philosophical programmes, as well as social mobility and the success of specialists with a degree in Philosophy. The demand for specialists with a philosophical degree in the labor market is determined by the needs of society and the state in educational, research, expert-analytical, cultural, educational, organizational and managerial activities. Graduates of the master’s programme in Philosophy can apply their professional competencies in the areas of business, politics and culture, namely: educational institutions of the general and higher education system, academic and research institutions, media and cultural institutions, government bodies and municipal government, as well as public and commercial organizations.