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MA X-HE OPEN DAY

07.07.2020

MA X-HE OPEN DAY

On July 14, 2:00 (Moscow, GMT +3) we will stream the presentation of the new Master of Arts in Experimental Higher Education (MA X-HE) program. The program will be presented by its designers: Andrey Shcherbenok, Director of SAS, Daniel Kontowski, Head of Education at SAS, and Dara Melnyk, Curator of…

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Experimentation in higher education must become the norm

06.29.2020

Experimentation in higher education must become the norm

University World News has published an article by Dara Melnyk and Daniel Kontowski, the developers of the new SAS MA program in Experimental Higher Education (X-HE). Their article, “Experimentation in higher education must become the norm”, is devoted to the idea of controlled experiment in university education. A proper educational…

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A Reflection Piece on the Topics of the First Year Course by Peter Jones

06.24.2020

A Reflection Piece on the Topics of the First Year Course by Peter Jones

How much do students actually remember from the books they read at university? As part of a fight against forgetting, first-year students at SAS this year were given a peculiar challenge. They were asked to spend six weeks looking back at everything they had studied since joining the school in…

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SAS STUDENTS’ PRESEN­TATIONS WEEK

06.11.2020

SAS STUDENTS’ PRESEN­TATIONS WEEK

Every year every SAS student has a capstone project which marks their progression towards graduation. After year one, each SAS student makes a “Topic of the First Year” presentation where they link together several topics from different courses in an original combination, a blueprint of their academic identity. ⠀ After…

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OPEN COURSE “THE RISE AND FALL OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES”

04.21.2020

OPEN COURSE “THE RISE AND FALL OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES”

Civilization represents the apex of human socio-political achievement and its destruction the epitome of societal failure. We will evaluate definitions of civilization and collapse and conduct a survey of civilizations from history. Cultures examined will span the Bronze Age to Modernity and from geographical regions covering Eurasia to the Americas.…

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OPEN LECTURE “THE FUTURE OF THE STATE” BY PROF. ARTEMY MAGUN

03.16.2020

OPEN LECTURE “THE FUTURE OF THE STATE” BY PROF. ARTEMY MAGUN

State is the central concept of social science and social theory. However, it is surprisingly neglected or narrowed down, both in the descriptive and the normative accounts. The predominant Weberian-Marxist school of state analysis reduces it to an alienated bureaucratic superstructure of capitalism. “State capacity” is needed functionally, but is…

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