Presentation of the master’s program “Nordic studies: language, history, culture”

A presentation of a new master’s program “Nordic studies: language, history, culture”, which is planned to be launched in 2021 in cooperation with MASU (Murmansk Arctic State University), took place. Both universities, PetrSU and MASU, are included in the Strategic Academic Leadership Program.
Head Department of Germanic Philology and Scandinavian Studies N.G. Sharapenkova in her speech focused on the importance of training specialists, including in the field of humanitarian research, in various fields of knowledge for the development of the Arctic:

The Nordic program is interdisciplinary and includes training in both philology (language and literature) and history. All disciplines in one way or another are related to the study of the Arctic and Subarctic regions, to which the Republic of Karelia belongs. The program pays special attention to foreign languages. In addition to an in-depth English course (there is even a course “English of the Northern Highway”), students will have the opportunity to study Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian. Classes with experienced teachers of PetrSU and MASU are built taking into account the individual level of training of students, which will allow building individual learning paths.

As part of the presentation of the future master’s program, teachers spoke to potential applicants.

THEM. Solomeshch, Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign History, Political Science and International Relations, shared with the audience that the curriculum absorbed much of what was implemented by the master’s programs that already exist at the institute, and that new that requires the very name and topics of the new program … The program also includes those disciplines that are implemented at MASU, but which are not at our university.

E.A. Safron, Program Manager, and S.V. Vasilieva, Associate Professor of the Department of Germanic Philology and Scandinavian Studies, spoke about the basic courses in the methodology of science, philology and intercultural communication.

P. Yakushev and E. Bruchikova, undergraduates of the first and second years of the master’s program “Comparative Studies: Dialogue of Cultures in World Literature”, spoke about their impressions, the organization of training in the magistracy. Elizaveta Bruchikova, who has a basic pedagogical education, shared how she mastered the disciplines in philology:

The master’s program gave a lot, broadened my horizons, I learned how to work on scientific articles, gained new competencies that I needed for my further pedagogical activity.

P. Yakusheva said that, having a basic philological education, it is easier for her than her classmates with another, for example, pedagogical education, but the teachers take all this into account, and gradually the level of knowledge is leveled.

All my thoughts, from the first week of study, are busy with writing a master’s thesis.

N.G. Sharapenkova said in conclusion:

Dear potential applicants! You do not need to complete your education at the bachelor’s level, the master’s degree will make you more successful in the labor market. It is interesting to study in the magistracy, there is an opportunity to participate in various exchange programs and various scientific events, to acquire new skills and abilities necessary in the future profession. As part of the Master’s degree in Nordic studies, you will have the opportunity to listen to lectures by teachers from other countries, study English in more depth and start studying the Scandinavian languages, get to know the Arctic and Subarctic region better, its history, languages, literature and culture.

After completing the training, the student will be awarded the qualification “Master” (direction of study 45.04.01 Philology, profile / focus of the program Nordic studies: language, history, culture. The
proposed specialty is academic in nature.

This presentation was the first among the planned ones, ahead of meetings with students of other humanitarian institutions, as well as with students of MASU.

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