Events & News

09.30.2020

What’s Next in Evolution:
Does the Paradigm Need to Shift?

On October 10, 2020 SAS will hold an Online Symposium on the topic "What’s Next in Evolution: Does the Paradigm Need to Shift?" There is a body of scholarship demonstrating the inadequacy of the genocentric Neo-Darwinian paradigm as an explanation for the full range of evolutionary phenomena. While there has been a move toward an Extended Synthesis of evolution that incorporates avenues of inheritance external to genetics, the precepts of…

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09.17.2020

OPEN COURSE “THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:
A JOURNEY INTO THE MEDIEVAL MIND”

Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, and Lust have animated European art, literature, and philosophy for centuries. But how did this classification of the “Seven Deadly Sins” come into being? How have ideas about the sins changed over the last thousand years? And what can a study of their history tell us about the culture of the past, and the way sin operates in today’s world? With a historical focus…

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09.10.2020

SAS STUDENTS BOOTCAMP

SAS STUDENT BOOTCAMP SAS STUDENT BOOTCAMP «SAS Student Bootcamp» is the range of educational and orientation sessions held prior to the start of the new academic year. The part of the training courses will begin on September 15 in an offline format. The program and schedule are available below. Bootcamp events are mandatory: please see the Participants column on the schedule to find out which are mandatory for you. Any…

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07.31.2020

SAS FEATURED IN STANFORD U.S.-RUSSIA FORUM JOURNAL

Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum Journal has published an article “Reimagining Russian Higher Education: Could an Experiment in Progressive Education in Siberia Help Transform Russia’s Universities?” This article analyzes SAS UTMN current educational model through data and interviews with faculty, administration, and students. The first section offers background information. The middle sections take a deeper look at the institution from the perspectives of the administration, students, and faculty. These sections also analyze…

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07.21.2020

An Open Day for “Digital Cultures and Media Production” Master’s degree program.

An online broadcast for the Open Day for"Digital Cultures and Media Production" Master’s degree program  will be held on the 24th of July 2020, 14:00 (Moscow, GMT +3) 16:00 (Tyumen, GMT +5) (Digital Cultures and Media Production, DC&MP). The School of Advanced Studies (SAS) will present the renewed program design. Starting 2020, while remaining being a program for graduating professionals capable to work at all stages of media production, this…

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07.07.2020

MA X-HE OPEN DAY

On July 14, 14:00 (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 the program and the Head of the Research Group at SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre (SEDeC). The presentation will be held…

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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 experiment should have a clear hypothesis, grounded in data and theory. Theory can guide you to go beyond the conventional…

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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 September, and to identify a particular problem or unresolved tension that had bothered them. They were then invited to give…

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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 year two, SAS students make a “Design Your Future” team presentation, in which they develop this identity vis-à-vis the real…

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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. We shall evaluate theories and models of the behavioural and natural factors that nurtured success and precipitated failure to identify…

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