The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University


Specialisation: Theory & Practice of “The Soft Power” Approach in International Relations

Study Mode: Full time

Duration: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)

Programme Overview

As governments around the world grapple with a volatile international political landscape, there has never been a greater need for international experts in soft power, a critical foreign policy tool used used to align values, norms, objectives, and action through attraction and persuasion.The MA programme provides a sound professional training in the theory and practice of international relations, with special emphasis on “soft power”. The programme is desined to meet the demand of public authorities, businesses, and public organizations for specialists in soft power, expert and analytical activities, public opinion tracking and forecasting and effective global engagement. The analytical and research skills you develop through this course are widely sought after by employers, ranging from public authorities, local governments to business structures and the media.

What You Will Study

· Modern foreign policy strategy of Russia and international conflicts

· "Soft power" in promoting Russia's national interests in the international arena

· Analysis of the international situation

· Foreign policy process and the formation of Russia's foreign policy

· Current directions of information and explanatory work in foreign policy

· FL1 & FL2 in professional communication

· Challenges and threats in international politics

· "Hybrid wars" as a new type of threat to international security


· History of German foreign policy

· Modern processes in Latin America

· Public diplomacy as a tool of Russia's Foreign Policy

· "Soft Power" and public diplomacy as a resource of Russia's Foreign policy

· Current aspects of the diplomatic and consular service

· Diplomatic and consular service

· Situational negotiation diplomacy

· Negotiating


Career paths can be pursued from socio-political, socio-cultural and economic sectors in Russia and abroad in

· the structures of state power and management (federal, regional and municipal levels), domestic and international non-profit organizations, and the media, the diplomatic service

· research and promotion of domestic political culture by means of "soft power" in the domestic and foreign expert community, and public consciousness; preparation and implementation of projects to defend the national interests of the Russian Federation using the mechanisms of "soft power"

organization of events on interaction between government and business, drafting agreements, contracts, programs for representatives of domestic and international business