THE FOURTH ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC STUDENT CONFERENCE “TOPICAL HUMANITARIAN ISSUES OF OUR TIME”

С 1 по 9 декабря кафедра английского языка для гуманитарных факультетов Факультета иностранных языков провела четвертую ежегодную межфакультетскую научно-практическую студенческую конференцию на английском языке «Актуальные гуманитарные проблемы современности».


В конференции приняли участие 102 студента 1,2 и 3 курсов трех факультетов:

— Политологии — 61 студент,

— Философии — 12 студентов,

— Социологии — 20 студентов.


Результаты 4-й научно-практической студенческой конференции убедительно показали, что уровень докладов тех студентов, которые ежегодно принимают в ней участие, существенно вырос.


Лучшими докладами признаны:

— Ковтун Алисы — 3 курс, ф-т политологии

— Ивановой Полины — 3 курс, ф-т политологии

— Ананьева Дмитрия — 2 курс, ф-т политологии

— Абдрахмановой Анастасии — 2 курс, факультет философии

— Пульбер Екатерины — 2 курс, факультет социологии.


Наибольший интерес и дискуссию на факультете политологии вызвали доклады Ковтун Алисы (3 курс), Ивановой Полины (3 курс), Ананьева Дмитрия (2 курс), Байкалова Глеба (2 курс), Лощилиной Марии (3 курс), Бибичадзе Ани (1 курс), Баландиной Анастасии (3 курс), Маргушевой Алины (2 курс), Лобко Яны (2 курс), Гудзенко Марии (3 курс). Они же завоевали основные симпатии участников конференции.


По общему мнению участников, проведениe подобных конференций способствует развитию навыков и умений работы с научной литературой, помогает совершенствовать знание английского языка, подкрепляет мотивацию к учёбе. Свидетельством тому является многообразие и серьезность заявленных тем, уровень их презентации и, как следствие, активность аудитории.




Balandina Anastasia. THE NATO STRATEGIC CONCEPT Strahov Aleksandr. HUNGARY AND RUSSIA AFTER CRIMEA
Malyhina Elena. THE CONFLICT BETWEEN GEORGIA AND ABKHAZIA; THE PRESENT DAY SITUATION. Makarenkova Anastasiya. ‘IF YOU CONTROL THE MEDIA, YOU CONTROL THE PEOPLE. MEDIA EFFECT’
Kuryndikov Nikita. ORATORY OR SPEAKING SKILLS Kuznetsova Anastasya. THE PROBLELM OF RATIONAL CHOICE IN OUR UP-TO-DATE LIFE AND POLITICS
Sirotina Antonina. HOW AUTOCRACIES FALL Glebova Polina. STUDENT ACTIVISM AS A PART OF POLITICAL MOVEMENT
Kozhemyaka Stanislav. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN IRAQ? Ananiev Dmitrii. OBJECTIVIST PHILOSOPHY: RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE
Safarov Yusif. MONO- AND MULTILINGUAL COUNTRIES Bibichadze Anna. THE ERA OF POLITICAL PERFORMANCE
Miloslavskaya Sofia. THE ROLE OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP IN THE MODERN WORLD Sorokin Evgeniy. NINE BIG QUESTIONS BEFORE SCOTLAND’S BIG VOTE ON INDEPENDENCE
Danilova Anastasia. IMMIGRATION TO SPAIN Mihailova Ekaterina. WHO STIGMATIZES VOTE BUYING
Lobko Yana. ROBOTS AGAINST HUMANS OR HUMANS AGAINST ROBOTS? Kalmykova Darya. INDIA AND PAKISTAN: NUCLEAR DETERRENCE PROBLEMS
Alyona Manuzina. PERCEPTION OF POLITICAL IMAGES Matieshina Antonina. THE CHANGE OF PEOPLE VALUES: DEVELOPMENT OR DEGRADATION?
Kosheleva Alena. IMAGE VS. IDEOLOGY Loschilina Mariya. THE PROBLEM OF IMAGE FORMATION OF RUSSIA THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKS
Smirnova Daria. THE PHENOMENON OF RACISM IN THE MODERN WORLD Rogova Nastya. ART AND POLITICS. SOCIO-POLITICAL FUNCTIONS OFART IN THE MODERN WORLD.
Gabelko Anton. GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS OF MAJOR U.S. PARTIES CONCERNING 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN Baikalov Gleb. IMMIGRATION IN RUSSIA AND EUROPEAN UNION. COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
Revazashvily Grigorii. THE NATURE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY Klubkov Vladislav. FRANCE – USA RELATIONS IN THE 2000-S
Yegorov Yegor. ARE INSECTS TO BECOME THE FOOD OF THE FUTURE? Bondareva Anna. SWEDISH SOCIALISM
Bogdanova Liza. IS OUR HEALTH THE PRICE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT? Gorushkin Aleksandr. THE BASIC PROBLEMS OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THE CENTER AND REGIONS IN RUSSIA
Kononov Zahar. THE INFLUENCE OF WORLD POLITICAL SITUATION ON EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY Kovtun Alice. IS SARCASM A BRAND-NEW TRUTH?
Ivanenko Yuri. RUSSIA AND UKRAINE – NATIONAL IDEA VS NATIONALISM Gudzenko Maria. DECISION MAKING MECHANISM OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: ADVANTAGES AND PROBLEMS.
Mishina Anastasiya. THE IDEAL OF HUMAN UNITY Bannikova Anastasia. THE INTERNET AS THE MEANS OF MODERN INFORMATION WARFARE
Starikov Kirill. THE PROBLEM OF ISIS PROLIFERATION Ivanenko Yuri. RUSSIA AND UKRAINE – NATIONAL IDEA VS NATIONALISM
Margusheva Alina. THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING Ivanova Polina. GLOBALIZATION 3.0. WHY HAS THE WORLD BECOME FLAT?

THE NATO STRATEGIC CONCEPT

Balandina Anastasia

The Faculty of political science

Course 3.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, instituted in 1949, is going through tough times. For some time already, the NATO member-states are lowering their military budget, which means that the USA are playing an increasingly important role. Encountering new problems, old enemies: while the USSR does not exist anymore, Russia has taken its place with one reservation – some ex-soviet countries are turning to the NATO. What is the strategic concept of the NATO and how it may evolve in the future are the issues under consideration in this work.

THE CONFLICT BETWEEN GEORGIA AND ABKHAZIA; THE PRESENT DAY SITUATION.

Malyhina Elena

The Faculty of political science

Course 3

The report is devoted to the consequences of the ethno-political conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia. The aim of the work is to show what impact this conflict had on the present day international status of Abkhazia and explain the reason of the absence of interplay between these two states.

ORATORY OR SPEAKING SKILLS

Kuryndikov Nikita

The Faculty of political science

Course 1

It is common knowledge that powerful leaders had powerful speaking skills. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of oratory in political and social spheres. In his work the author touches upon several key points connected with oratory:

1) The definition of oratory

2) The function of oratory

3) The example of great orators

4) The story of George the Sixth (The most dangerous moment in the history of the British monarchy)

HOW AUTOCRACIES FALL

Sirotina Antonina

The Faculty of political science

Course 2.

The author makes an attempt to analyze the way and the reason this type of political regime may be overthrown. Though some autocracies have democratic institutions their role is often diminished.

The observers emphasize at least 3 reasons that make a dictator leave his office: the insider-led actions, the mass-led actions or the death from natural causes.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN IRAQ?

Kozhemyaka Stanislav

The Faculty of political science

Course 1.

I would like to discuss the topic of latest events in Iraq, their various causes and historical roots.

I would like to speak on the importance of the events and analyze the reasons of why it has happened and what may be the consequences for us and for the world.

MONO- and MULTILINGUAL COUNTRIES

Safarov Yusif

The Faculty of political science

Course 3.

There are lots of countries all over the world with two, three or even more official languages. The examples are Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, which officially support different languages on their territory. As a rule, experts claim that citizens of such countries are lucky, because they've got an opportunity to learn different languages from their birth.

However, is it so easy as it sounds? Doesn't such a phenomenon create difficulties in these countries? In this work the author made an attempt to study this issue and make a conclusion, if monolingual country is better than multilingual one

THE ROLE OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP IN THE MODERN WORLD

Miloslavskaya Sofia

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

Political science deals with different studies, most of them being problem-driven. Among the urgent issues that political science faces today, the problem of leadership clearly stands out. Leadership is an essential feature of government as a whole: weak leadership may lead to government failure, while strong leadership can guarantee success, well-being and stability in society. Leadership is a historical phenomenon; its structures and methods do change in the course of time. Leadership is a part of complicated social processes that bring about concrete political outcomes. There are some types of political leadership that can be distinguished and characterized. According to M.Hermann the main tasks of each political leader are to :

interpret the existing problems,

offer the ways and means for their solution,

propagate personal visions as solutions or, at least, responses to problems

mobilize followers and supporters to implement those solutions into life (Heifetz 1994)

Some political changes can really pose direct risks to society, and some politics can cause real troubles. Unreasonable political management can turn natural or human-made events into catastrophe. Moreover, political risk is often perceived to be outside of management’s control, making it difficult to define, predict, and align with other objectives.

IMMIGRATION TO SPAIN

Danilova Anastasia

The Faculty of political science

Course 3

The work deals with an urgent issue – immigration to Spain. The causes and the consequences of this phenomenon, the way it affects the economy, the internal policy and the social sphere of Spain are under consideration..

ROBOTS AGAINST HUMANS OR HUMANS AGAINST ROBOTS?

Lobko Yana

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

Today humanity is coming close to the time when robots will be used everywhere. But it is not clear if all of them will be useful and safe for people.

What if almost invisible in everyday life, the evolution of robots results in the revolution of robots?

But there is an alternative version of future events. People worry that In future many of them may lose their jobs because of the robots. .

So, how will relations between people and technology (robots in particular) develop and whether the neo-luddism attracts many new followers?

PERCEPTION OF POLITICAL IMAGES

Alyona Manuzina

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

Due to the development of information technologies the perception of political leaders’ images is getting crucial. The sphere of international relations is following this tendency too. It means that the states should care not only about their actions and processes they are involved into but also about the perception of themselves as well. That is why the work is devoted to the study of political image, and the way it influences real developments.

IMAGE VS. IDEOLOGY

Kosheleva Alena

The Faculty of political science

Due to the development of information the Internet has become a crucial part of political campaign. The models of positioning of political subjects in the World Wide Web are becoming increasingly more and more important. Using the web sites, political parties communicate with electorate. This communication is based on feedback mechanism. Ideological values and political issues are translated by means of this channel of information.

The work is devoted to comparison of the two strategies that can be used by political parties in their work on the websites. The main aim is to trace how political ideology influences the strategies of Democratic Party and Republican Party in the USA.

THE PHENOMENON OF RACISM IN THE MODERN WORLD

Smirnova Daria

The Faculty of political science

Course 2.

The problem of relations between different ethnic groups has always been important in our history. It can influence us in different ways, causing various problems, from a slight tension in the society to serious conflicts, which sometimes can even lead to a war. There used to exist different views on this problem, including liberal ideas of equality and peaceful coexistence or radical nationalist and racist theories. The latter can strengthen conflicts, no matter if it is common people’s xenophobia or a state ideology.

Of course nowadays democratic values, which are widely spread and supported by most of the countries, do not allow any forms of discrimination to be established officially by the state. But does it mean that in fact people of different races and other ethnic groups live together peacefully? Although there may be less real conflicts, xenophobia and elements of racism in different forms still exist even in the most democratic countries.

The aim of this work is to analyze the phenomenon of racism, how it developed through years, to look into the roots of it, examining several theories on that subject. I would also like to draw attention to the current situation and the ways racism influences life of modern people. As globalization takes place and different ethnic groups mix together, it's important to understand this process.

GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS OF MAJOR U.S. PARTIES CONCERNING 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Gabelko Anton

The Faculty of political science

Course 3

After solid victory at the 2014 congressional elections the Republicans feel quite encouraged about the future presidential campaign, but a number of key states is still held by the Democrats, so no easy victory is to be expected. The conservative "Tea Party" wing of the Republican party has recently increased its influence, so it could provide its own candidate. In the Democratic Party the main question is "who is it going to be, if not Hillary?"

THE NATURE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

Revazashvily Grigorii

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

This presentation deals with the origin of American democracy in general and seeks to answer the question why the USA has become such an influential country. By analyzing the main trends and directions of democracy in the USA, the author tries to explain the process of’ ‘westernazation’ that has embraced much of the world.

ARE INSECTS TO BECOME THE FOOD OF THE FUTURE?

Yegorov Yegor

The Faculty of political science4

Course 2

As we know, the population of our planet has been growing from year to year. That is why the problem of food (or lack of it) has come to the fore. There is perhaps no problem worthy of serious discussion as that of food for future generations. Recently a few articles have been published that are concerned with this urgent issue. The author tries to estimate the most important ideas that have been proposed by different writers to show what progress has been made on understanding this issue.

IS OUR HEALTH THE PRICE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT?

Bogdanova Liza

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

Human development is something that is impossible to stop. As a result of this continuous progress, life of people has become much easier and more comfortable. But today the mankind has encountered an inevitable problem. One of the most developed nations – I mean Japan- where everything seemed to have been calculated in advance has proved to be helpless before the forces of nature. After the tremendous earthquake, followed by a tsunamy, the atomic power station Fukusima-1 was badly damaged. The further the progress – the more dangerous life on our planet is. Scientific progress and human development cannot go without serious side effects. We will always be paying a very high price for progress.

THE INFLUENCE OF WORLD POLITICAL SITUATION ON EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY

Kononov Zahar

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

According to the latest events, the exchange rate of rouble is not stable. Consequently, plans of our government for the currency market demand examination. There may be two solutions to a current situation: 1. Russian government tries to freeze a decline of the rouble, buying progressive amount of dollars, 2. it allows the rouble take its course, making no obstacles on its way down. The aim of the work is to give all pros and cons of the above mentioned.

RUSSIA AND UKRAINE – NATIONAL IDEA vs NATIONALISM

Ivanenko Yuri

The faculty of political science

Course 2.

The time we live in is very hard. Peoples all over the world suffer from many problems such as political and social shocks, economic crisis, uneven population explosion and recession, fatal ecological disasters and also the crisis of national identity. It’s an open secret that the increase of national self-consciousness in the whole world is a response to globalization threatening with extinction of many peoples’ original ethnical culture. Nowadays we can see it in Russian – Ukrainian relations.

Two urgent issues are under consideration: the national Russian idea and the Ukrainian nationalism. .

THE IDEAL OF HUMAN UNITY

Mishina Anastasiya

The Faculty of political science

Course 3

The article under the headline "The Ideal of Human Unity" is devoted to one of the most important social and political ideas of Indian philosopher Aurobindo Ghose. His idea of Human Unity is of vital importance nowadays, because of both separatist trends and the urge towards multinational unification. In the collection of articles under the title "The Ideal of Human Unity" Aurobindo Ghose speaks about the social or ‘collective’ life. He believes that integration of mankind will definitely take place because it is rooted in the Nature itself.

THE PROBLEM OF ISIS PROLIFERATION

Starikov Kirill

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

The increasing threat of ISIS attracts much attention.

The following questions require serious consideration - the origin of the movement (ISIS) and its aims, the role it plays in the Middle East, and the distinctions between ISIS and other terrorist organizations. The position of the USA is also my focus of attention.

THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING

Margusheva Alina

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

The work deals with the problem of smoking and its influence on health. Government policy concerning the conflict between smokers and non-smokers, moral and psychological aspects of the problem are under consideration. Special attention is devoted to preventive measures.

HUNGARY AND RUSSIA AFTER CRIMEA

Strahov Aleksandr

The Faculty of Political science

Course 3

The work deals with Russian-Hungarian relations after the Crimean events. Hungary is the only state that openly expresses its dissatisfaction by European politics of sanctions and continues its cooperation with Russia. The author gives his understanding of the events. The perspective of Russian-Hungarian relations is under consideration too.

‘IF YOU CONTROL THE MEDIA, YOU CONTROL THE PEOPLE. MEDIA EFFECT’

Makarenkova Anastasiya

The Faculty of political science.

Course 3.

The work concerns the problem of manipulation in mass media. There are many different theories of mass media influence on people's attitudes, outlooks, and behavior. The author draws our attention to those which are most frequently used: cognitive processing, agenda settings, priming, framing and cultivation theory.

THE PROBLELM OF RATIONAL CHOICE IN OUR UP-TO-DATE LIFE AND POLITICS

Kuznetsova Anastasya

The faculty of Political Science

Course 2

I bet that almost every person faces a simple problem of choice in everyday life. But is it so easy to make the choice? How does a person act when making the choice? And how to make a right one? It is worth mentioning that we all live in a society, so people, speaking in terms of science, are main subjects of activity and decision-making is an important part of their social life. People work in different spheres, including politics. How should a person act if he works in a political structure responsible for life of entire nation? How should a politician act to make a rational choice with less unwanted consequences? And is it really possible to count all "pros" and "contras"? Can the choice and the situation of choice be predictable? In my report I will try to answer these questions using the theory of rational choice that was and is very important and popular in political science. I will also try to figure out how society makes its collective choice during elections, and whether it is really possible to come to an honest agreement or there will always exist the need in some manipulation techniques because of a very complicated structure of people's mind.

STUDENT ACTIVISM AS A PART OF POLITICAL MOVEMENT

Glebova Polina

The Faculty of political science

Course 3

Student activism is directed towards political, environmental, economic or social changes. Student movements have influenced the great political events in many countries worldwide. It is a unique phenomenon, but today we do not pay enough attention to it, though its impact on the political transformation is greater than we can imagine sometimes.

Students occupy the unique position in

our society: they are at the vanguard of a generation that often differs markedly from that of their forebears.

There was a great amount of precedents of student activism through history. The most prominent were student demonstrations in France, the USA, Great Britain and Islamic countries as well.

OBJECTIVIST PHILOSOPHY: RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE

Ananiev Dmitrii

The Faculty of political science.

Course 2.

Objectivism is a philosophical system created by an American writer Ayn Rand in the middle of the XX century. Best described as the philosophy of rational individualism. Its central tenets are that existence exist, consciousness is conscious, A is A. It is all about our reality and that it exists independently and objectively, no matter whether we believe and accept it or not. What is derived from it is that the only thing we can rely on is the human mind, powered by logic and the only way to live in this objective world is through rational thinking and freedom. And freedom assumes complete and well protected individual rights and, of course, capitalism. And here comes our problem. Should we accept this system, may we call it universal and besides, what we, Russians may do with it? This is a philosophy of thought and action and deciding on accepting it or declining may change life not only of some individuals, but as a consequence — of a whole nation.

THE ERA OF POLITICAL PERFORMANCE

Bibichadze Anna

The faculty of political science.

Course 1.

The aim of the work is to show how the world has changed; to give an exact definition of the era of political performance, and to explain, why people have become victims of the policy. 

NINE BIG QUESTIONS BEFORE SCOTLAND’S BIG VOTEONINDEPENDENCE

Sorokin Evgeniy

The Faculty of political science.

Course 2.

The work deals with the consequences of possible disconnection of Scotland from the United Kingdom. Special attention is given to the possible economic consequences of might be Scottish independence, its political implications and the influence of independence on the people’s cultural identity. The impact of economic factors on the activity of modern separatist movements in developed countries is under consideration too.

WHO STIGMATIZES VOTE BUYING

Mihailova Ekaterina

The Faculty of political science.

Course 2.

The work deals with the vote-buying practice and public opinion’s view on it. Vote buying process has two kinds of consequences: negative effects at the systematic level (quality of democracy, competitiveness of electoral process) and positive aspects at the individual level (benefits for citizens). There are several surveys on public attitude to vote-buying phenomenon, which are conducted in five Latin American countries. These surveys reveal a level of stigmatization of vote-buying, as well as the reasons and criteria of stigmatization which depend on different social groups. It is very important for us to identify the factors that determine the levels of stigmatization of vote buying in order to understand the conditions under which, for example, anti-vote buying campaigns organized by civil society or the state are more likely to be effective.

INDIA AND PAKISTAN: NUCLEAR DETERRENCE PROBLEMS

Kalmykova Darya

The Faculty of political science.

Course 3.

The end of the “cold war” gave the international community an opportunity to create a new system of international relations. But still there is a chance of destabilization of international climate on the regional level even after diversion from the bipolar world. In this connection, proliferation of nuclear weapon (or weapon of mass destruction) is a special hazard.

There is a long-lasting conflict between the two nuclear powers – India and Pakistan. India is trying to become a regional leader while Pakistan is trying to strengthen its hand in Muslim world. Militarization of the region and destabilization of their relations may as well result in serious conflicts in all South Asia..

THE CHANGE OF PEOPLE VALUES: DEVELOPMENT OR DEGRADATION?

Matieshina Antonina

The Faculty of political science.

Course 1

The aim of this work is to find out if people's values have changed qualitatively and if so what the reason for such a change was.

The object of research is values of Russia’s people.

The subject of work is pastime, education and interests of people.

The methods of research are as follows:

1. Statistic data analysis of the quality of Russia’s education and pastime of people.

2. General rules in changing values based on these data.

THE PROBLEM OF IMAGE FORMATION OF RUSSIA THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKS

Loschilina Mariya

The Faculty of political science.

Course 3

Image of the country is an important instrument of influence on its citizens and foreigners. Positive image allows the country to get not only investments, a large number of tourists or joint projects. First of all, image is an indicator of trust and reputation. In this work the role of social networks in shaping the image of the country is analyzed due to the speed, convenience and practicality of the Internet. Political values formation helps politicians to shape the image of the country. Therefore notable political values translated through social networks are collected and analyzed in the work. Thus, it could be valuable not only for a would-be politician but for people who are interested in philosophy, psychology and other disciplines that study man, society and their interaction.

ART AND POLITICS. SOCIO-POLITICAL FUNCTIONS OFART IN THE MODERN WORLD.

Rogova Nastya

The Faculty of political science.

Course 2

Politics and Art: do they have something in common or are they completely different spheres? Can art have an impact on socio-political reality? What matters most: political content or aesthetic qualities? These questions have haunted people’s minds since the late sixties.

A strong relationship between arts and politics, particularly between various kinds of art and power, occurs across historical epochs and cultures. As they respond to contemporaneous events and politics, the arts take on political as well as social dimensions, becoming a focus of controversy and even a force of political as well as social change.

Art appeals to our aesthetic senses. Art contributes to our culture. It helps establish pride in our community and give inspiration. It helps to transform an otherwise dull existence. It helps us to get in touch with our inner beauty and the finer things in life. Getting involved in art improves confidence, self-empowerment, and helps us to release our inner potential.

Evoking political art’s frequent pitfalls allows us to see that aesthetic pleasure and politics are not mutually exclusive. To the contrary, the seduction of formal beauty can be one of political art’s most effective strategies and greatest weapons.

IMMIGRATION IN RUSSIA AND EUROPEAN UNION. COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

Baikalov Gleb

The Faculty of political science

Course 2.

During the last two decades the word "multiculturalism" has been the key-word of the European policy, as its member- states have been working hard to build up an open-bordered community, in which all people have equal rights irrespective of their gender, religion, skin color or birthplace. However the policy of multiculturalism has failed to succeed. And the main factor of this failure is, admittedly, an immigration policy.

The aim of the work is to find the answers to the following questions:

*Why did Europe fail to succeed in building open borders?

* How does social support affect immigrants behavior?

* What is the difference between’ labour’ and ‘non-labour’ immigrants?

What is so-called "immigration ghetto" and whether it exists in Russia?

FRANCE – USA RELATIONS IN THE 2000-s

Klubkov Vladislav

The Faculty of political science

Course 2.

How did the USA influence France in the 2000-s? The problem for France was to keep independence in foreign policy after its integration in military structures of the North Atlantic Alliance in 2009. It was also important for the other European member-states of the NATO.

SWEDISH SOCIALISM

Bondareva Anna

The Faculty of political science

Course 1

The work is devoted to the famous phenomenon in the present political life, the so called Swedish Socialism. People hold extremely different opinions on this political system. On the one hand there is an incredible number of myths about "Swedish happiness" and "Earthly Paradise". On the other hand everybody knows about a burden of taxes, an increasing poverty and the possibility for the Swedes to turn into an ethnic minority in their own country.

The aim of the study is to analyze the historical preconditions of the emerge of such an unusual political system, the transformation of the "capitalist Socialism" during the XX century, and to answer the question if the Swedish Socialism is so

good as it seems.

THE BASIC PROBLEMS OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THE CENTER AND REGIONS IN RUSSIA

Gorushkin Aleksandr

The Faculty of political science

Course 2.

Today’s Russian economic system is based on taking a large percentage of resources and money from the regions. This system, that can be called overcentralized’, inhibits the economic development of Russia. The regions have fewer opportunities to invest their own money in social programs, infrastructure or tourist sector – instead, they have to wait for months before they receive necessary funds from the center. Certain alternatives that might solve the problems of inefficient distribution of money can be suggested. They can be found in the experience of other countries and in Russian history.

IS SARCASM A BRAND-NEW TRUTH?

Kovtun Alice

The Faculty of political science

Course 3.

In a contemporary world being completely honest is unprofitable, especially if you are a journalist. It's absolutely normal to write articles that exaggerate reality or, on the contrary, underestimate it. It particularly concerns German media, often accused of being unfair to Russia and concealing the situation in Ukraine. However, there is a German TV-show "Asylum" (Äóðäîì - ïðèì.), that criticizes famous German newspapers, politicians and their actions, revealing the true situation in the world politics. So, is satirical TV-show more reliable than official governmental media? 

DECISION MAKING MECHANISM OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: ADVANTAGES AND PROBLEMS.

Gudzenko Maria

The Faculty of political science

Course 3

The report deals with the way the decisions are made in the EU, its advantages and limits. The key objective is to figure out when the perspective and logic decision- making system met its real crisis and what has caused it. 

THE INTERNET AS THE MEANS OF MODERN INFORMATION WARFARE

Bannikova Anastasia

The Faculty of political science

Course 3.

Nowadays a military confrontation stops being the main means of achieving foreign policy goals. States are seeking new ways and methods of influencing global politics. One of the alternative ways of attacking political rivals with minimal risk of retaliation is information and psychological impact on the citizens of the enemy-state, or the information war.

The work concerns the info war stages and means of counteracting the information war remaining anonymous, and the US systems monitoring all political discussions in the Internet.

In conclusion the author emphasizes that information war, as any other war, is dangerous, but the use of the Internet makes it even more destructive.

RUSSIA AND UKRAINE – NATIONAL IDEA vs NATIONALISM

Ivanenko Yuri

The Faculty of political science

Course 2

The time we live in is very hard. Peoples all over the world suffer greatly from political and social shocks, economic crisis, fatal ecological disasters and also the crisis of national identity. It's an open secret that the increase of national self-consciousness in the whole world is a response to globalization threatening with extinction of many peoples' original ethnical culture. .

The work concerns the two urgent issues - the national Russian idea and the Ukrainian nationalism. Its antinational character that serves the interests merely of home and foreign big business..

GLOBALIZATION 3.0. WHY HAS THE WORLD BECOME FLAT?

Ivanova Polina

Tha Faculty of political science

Course 3.

A famous American journalist Thomas Friedman stated that the world has become flat. This is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce, where all competitors have equal opportunities. Countries, companies, and individuals have to remain competitive in a global market where historical and geographical divisions are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

According to T. Friedman, the first major "flattener" is the collapse of the Berlin Wall (9/11/89). It didn't merely symbolize the end of the Cold War, but allowed people from the other side of the wall to join the economic mainstream. It was a symbol of release: the door opened to a freer, flatter, and more democratic world.

But the forces that flatten the world can be used either to bring everyone up to the same level, or to bring them all down to the same level, and the aim of humanity is to use these forces creatively avoiding destruction.

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