SRAS is proud to support a new program from University of California – San Diego (UCSD) that will take students to Irkutsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Olkhon Island, Balagansk, and Ulan Ude. This faculty led program is open to non-UCSD students.
Students will enroll in UCSD’s Summer Session I (June 28-August 2) and receive credit for two 4-unit courses.
The program largely based in Irkutsk and will focus on ethnic identity and environmental issues. Students will study the Buryats, a major indigenous group in Russia and issues of race, ethnicity, religion, and power. Students will also study the physical and biological characteristics of Lake Baikal as well as threats to its unique ecosystem. The lake’s role in art, literature, religion, politics, history, and economics will be discussed. Russian language instruction will be integrated according to student proficiency.
Students interested in signing up will need to contact UCSD directly.