The week of master classes was held at the Faculty of History

20 November 2017

Last week, within the framework of the project «Foreign language competence development of TSU students», two master classes in English were given to the first-year students of the faculty.

Students of all specialties such as History, Document and Archive Studies, Anthropology and Ethnology, International Relations, International Area Studies and Russian Area Studies were invited to participate.

November 14, 2017 the postgraduate students of the Faculty of History Valentina Shklyaeva and Julia Kolpashnikova gave the master class in English. Valentina was the first speaker, she presented the topic «Ordonnances as an instrument of political struggle during the period of first coexistence in France». She delivered the information about peculiar aspects of the French domestic policy of the late 1980-s.

Julia’s part of the master-class was devoted to «Art collections of the Demidov dynasty in the Hermitage and the Uffizi Gallery». Participants came to know about famous masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, and in the Hermitage, Saint-Petersburg, that were related to the name of the Demidov dynasty. It’s important to mention, that several professors, participating in the master class, found themselves to be intrigued by both topics and took part in discussions along with the students.

November 17, 2017, the master class, hosted by the postgraduate students Dmitry Shkitin and Victoria Statiuha, took place. Victoria’s topic was «Tourism in China. Current trends and facts». Victoria shared her own experience of living in China and gave some advice to potential visitors of China. She also conducted a small quiz on general knowledge about China. She managed to review the aspects of Chinese dialects, big cities of China, Chinese food, etc.

Dmitry Shkitin presented the topic «Separatism in India: the case of Punjab». He spoke about the unique subcontinent of India, its history of the 20th century, the administrative division of India. He mentioned some separatist movements (Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab) and elaborated the case of Punjab. Throughout his workshop, Dmitry tried to prove that it was possible to study India without knowing the Hindi language. Both lectures were given in a very lively manner, Victoria and Dmitry were encouraging the discussion and interactions. They showed themselves to be real enthusiasts and shared not only the information on their topics, but also the desire to expand knowledge.