Regional Studies (China Studies)
About the profession
Regional Studies expertise is a relatively new area in political science and international relations. An expert in Regional Studies is virtually a sui generis specialist. Regional Studies experts are well-read in specific details and character of the region under study, ranging from its state structure and foreign policy priorities to cultural and national characteristics of the local population. Regional Studies Program prepares experts on a particular region, state or group of states. Theory and History of International Relations Department provides education along the China Studies profile.
A Regional Studies specialist -sinologist possesses excellent interdisciplinary skills including those of an International Relations scholar, political scientist, economist, lawyer, historian, diplomat and linguist. A profound knowledge of foreign languages, particularly Chinese, Economics, Law, International Relations, History, Geography, Business Etiquette, and Ethnology of China enables the graduates to excel in various fields, including doing analytics in research institutions, working as editors, journalists, consultants, translators in both public and private sectors.
The students acquire a profound knowledge of a range of disciplines related to the region under study. Regional Studies Program along China Studies profile provides for an in-depth study of two foreign languages including Chinese. The syllabus centers on disciplines with special regard to the region under study – its geography and history, economy and finance, culture and religion, foreign policy and international relations. The teaching staff includes leading Russian experts working with RUDN-University, MGIMO University, ISAAS with MSU, RAS Institute for Far Eastern Studies, etc. The students have an opportunity to take a year-long intensive language course at leading Chinese universities, which is conducive for better language acquisition.
”History of China”, ”Economy of China”, ”Foreign Policy of China”, ”Culture of China”, ”China in Contemporary Foreign Policy of Russia”, ”Political Geography of Eastern Asia”, ”Socio-Political Thought in China”, ”History of Oriental Diplomacy", ”Transnational Businesses in China”, etc.
The program provides for practical and educational internships; as part of the latter the students register with the RAS Institute for Oriental Studies libraries and the like to do scientific research of their own. Practical internships are held with the leading private and public institutions of the Russian Federation.
Having successfully completed the Program, the students acquire a complex in-depth knowledge of China with its specific character as well as the skills necessary to interact with China’s representatives in various fields. The graduates may excel as interpreters, analysts, diplomats, political journalists, economists, sales representatives. A profound knowledge of Chinese as well as one of the European languages enables the graduates to have a successful career in public sector in Russia or in private sector structures, exercising international activities.