“The City As a Text” is a special educational course wrapping up the first quarter at SAS. The aim of the course is to learn how to apply skills acquired during the course “Writing, Thinking, Analysis, Interpretation” to a multidisciplinary object – a Russian city with its unique culture, history, economy and social structure, to enrich students’ knowledge with practical experience gained through field studies and teamwork practices.

The daily educational program during this internship consists of three parts. In the morning, there are lectures given by professors, researchers and experts in urban development. Then, based on lecture materials and tasks students conduct field studies in various city locations working in small teams. Afterwards, there is work in groups and a plenary session where they present results of their studies. The curators of the group work are SAS second-year students who completed this course in previous years.