The implementation of a new educational model for Bachelor’s Degrees started in FEFU in 2016. Education 2.0 involves the restructuring of academic programs and the introduction of a system of Majors and Minors, which is implemented in most Western and Asia-Pacific countries. Its key feature is the option to select individual educational modules when studying.
A Major training module (i.e. main professional module) is the specialization in the main area of expertise, and a Minor (i.e. additional professional module) is an additional qualification that a student has the right to pursue starting from the third year of study at no extra charge with obtaining the relevant certificate. For example, Economics + Legal Studies, Biology + Foreign Languages, etc.
Education modules may be studied both internally and remotely, using the Blackboard LMS e-learning platform. An important part of the Education 2.0 Project is the FEFU Core Education Project, envisaging the establishment of a common core learning module for freshmen. This module is aimed at formation of generic competences that are widely sought after, both internationally and on the Russian labor market. In 2016 academic year, each freshman mastered the Young Student course, which includes the basics of both Humanities, Natural Science and technical subjects, and with this amount of knowledge s/he will be able to continue to pursue chosen fields of study within the Major and Minor learning modules.
What is Core Education?
The Core Education Module is a system in which students of the first and second years of study at the University master 12 disciplines necessary for every educated person. The Core Module is intended to provide not only general knowledge on a number of Humanities, Natural Science and technical subjects (for more details please refer to the Core Education Disciplines section below), but also useful skills of project management, cross-cultural communication, and teamwork. A great deal of attention within the module Core Education is also given to the formation of critical thinking, English, and Physical Education.
Core Education Disciplines
The English language will be one of the key generic subjects in FEFU. Due to this all methods and textbooks were harmonized with international standards, including Blended Learning with the use of LMS e-learning platform from the foreign partners.
Learning of English in FEFU during the first two years of study for each student will be completed by taking the international accepted exam (Cambridge English Exam). It will show the degree of mastering English, and students will be able to explore the disciplines in English later on and participate in international academic mobility programs.
Great attention will be paid to both the written and spoken language and special terminology, depending on the chosen education pathway. The received language knowledge and skills will also allow to undertake overseas study placements and internships in the best universities of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).
Sample modules of the English Discipline:
Family Life; Appearances; Managing Life Food Choices; Health; Things Happen; Communication; In the News.
Regardless of the chosen education pathway, the study of Mathematics helps develop students’ abstract thinking skills, they will learn how to build models and make predictions, find patterns, summarize and analyze, i.e. to think systemically. Mastering the foundations of Higher Mathematics will allow FEFU students to acquire knowledge in the field of natural and technical sciences, to use modern mathematical methods in their future careers.
Sample modules of the Mathematics Discipline:
Mathematical Analysis; Combinatorics; Discrete Mathematics; Mathematical Logic and others.
Economic and Legal Thinking
Economic and Legal Thinking Discipline will allow FEFU student to use the basics of economic and legal knowledge in various fields of activity. "How to start your own business?", "What laws must every citizen know and how to apply this knowledge in practice?", "How to navigate the ever-changing legal and economic reality?" these are the questions the course serves to answer.
Sample modules of the Economic and Legal Thinking Discipline:
Fundamentals of Economic Thinking; Brief History of Economic Thought; Relationship Between Economic Thinking and Human Behavior; Basic Concepts of Economic Theory; Basics of Entrepreneurship; Fundamentals of Legal Thinking; System of Basic Legal Concepts; Basic Principles of Law; Sources of Law; Role of Law in Regulation of Modern Society.
There is no universally accepted definition of Philosophy, as well as the generally accepted idea of the subject matter of Philosophy does not exist. However, this discipline is the cornerstone of science. It is impossible to understand and articulate the subject and purpose in every sphere of human activity without an understanding of key philosophical concepts.
After studying the Philosophy Course, FEFU students will get acquainted with the history of Philosophy, learn the content of key philosophical concepts, the place of Philosophy in contemporary society, learn to comment and analyze the most significant works of the world philosophical thought, as well as use the skill of philosophical dialogue in scientific and professional activities.
Sample modules of the Philosophy Discipline:
Subject of Philosophy; Historical Types of Philosophizing; Theoretical Problems of Modern Philosophy.
Logic, the science of correct thinking, is, as well, one of the basic tools of cognition. Without the ability to use the laws and rules of the basic logic operations, no work claiming to be a scientific one is possible. The laws of logic are the same both in an abstract and in a PhD thesis.
The knowledge of concepts and propositions, inference rules and types, building of answers, questions and hypotheses, skills for identifying and correcting logic errors and deliberate forgeries, ability to identify fundamental differences of logical thinking from ordinary one, applying the rules of reasoning during the conduct of an independent controversy with reviewer is an obligation for any educated person.
Sample modules of the Logic Discipline:
Basic Concepts and Principles of Logic; Laws of Logic; Ways of Thinking: Concept, Proposition and Inference; Theory of Syllogism; Elements of Symbolic Logic; Argumentation Theory as a Practical Application of Logic; Structure of Evidence.
AsPac Region: Politics, Economics, Culture
AsPac Region: Politics, Economics, Culture Course will help FEFU students to understand Asia-Pacific region in all its diversity. Having mastered this discipline, students will learn to identify trends in domestic and international policy, the economies of individual countries in the region and the development of their relations, will be able to assess the internal and external political processes in the Asia-Pacific countries, learn more about mentality, commonality and differences between cultures of the Asia-Pacific countries, as well as master analytical skills in their regional studies while working with sources (media, statistical data, official documents, etc.).
Sample modules of the AsPac: Politics, Economics and Culture Discipline:
Asia-Pacific Region and Russia in Asia: Concept and Approaches; Asian Russia and Occurrence of Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region; Characteristics of Individual Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region: Features of the Economics, Politics, Culture; Basic Integration Processes in the Asia-Pacific Region and their Role in a Globalizing World; Traditional Culture, Literature, and Religion of the Asia-Pacific Countries: Features of Intercultural Dialogue.
Fundamentals of Project Activities
Almost any management activity is now called as projects. It is easy to explain: the rhythm of life has drastically changed in the modern age of information technologies and, as a consequence, changed the essence of management. The transition to the project management principle is an attempted transformation of inefficient management schemes to achieve the greater effectiveness.
The Fundamentals of Project Activities is an applied discipline, designed to inculcate in FEFU students, enrolled in various areas of study, the design and teamwork skills so necessary in today's world. By the end of this course, students will learn how to structure available information for setting the right goals and objectives, to apply tools of project activities in practice, to execute design documentation, and to implement their own projects.
Sample modules of the Fundamentals of Project Activities Discipline:
Project Management Fundamentals; Implementation of Academic or Social Project; Implementation of the Project.
Modern Information Technologies
It is impossible to imagine the world of the 21st century without information technologies. However, only a few still can use the capabilities of computer at a level higher than an ordinary user.
By studying the Modern Information Technologies course FEFU students will learn the basic constructs of programming languages, information security requirements, the basic principles of computer networks, they will learn how to create databases and information model objects, and to use a wide range of top brand software products and the University's own software developments in their further learning, research, innovation, and project activities.
Sample modules of the Modern Information Technologies Discipline:
Computer Basics; Basic Principles of Software Operation; Basic Principles of the Internet; Search Engines and Working with Information Databases; Algorithm Development, Including 10 Most Used Programming Algorithms.
Rhetoric and Academic Writing
The Rhetoric and Academic Writing course is not limited to rote learning of the rules of the Russian and English languages. The main goal of the discipline is to teach students to competently write academic texts and to help master public speaking skills and conducting a discussion.
At the end of the course, FEFU students will learn to use speaking skills in different functional styles, to affect the interlocutor by using the techniques of rhetoric, to engage in meaningful discussion, to evaluate oral and written texts in accordance with the rules of rhetoric, to learn what rules a scientific text is constructed on, and how to write educational and critical materials. Special attention will be paid to the art of presentation of the results of the academic, research, and project activities.
Sample modules of the Rhetoric and Academic Writing Discipline:
Rhetoric in Academic Discourse; Critical Analysis of Texts (Analytical Reading); Scientific Style; Basics of Speaking Mastery; Features of Oratorical Speech; Structure of Argument; Data Sources; Language Tools; Functional Styles; Rhetorical Discourse Evaluation Standards; Visual Rhetoric.
History is a science, the study of which helps identify cause-and-effect relationships, compare the developments and trends of global and Russian history, highlight the features of the latter and explain them; compare points of view, argue one's position, and conduct a discussion. An analysis of the basic stages and patterns of historical development of society also helps form a civil position and general worldview.
Sample modules of the History Discipline:
Craft of the Historian and Features of Historical Knowledge; Russia and the World in the 10th–19th Centuries; Russia and the World in the 20th–21st Centuries.
Physical Education classes help maintain health while studying and working, and reinforce human understanding of healthy lifestyle standards and the formation of a proactive life position.
In addition to practical exercises FEFU students will also explore the Physical Education theory: biological, psychological and pedagogical, and practical foundations of Physical Education and a healthy lifestyle.
Sample modules of the Physical Education Discipline:
Track and Field Athletics; Swimming; Sports Games; Martial Arts; Aerobics; Weightlifting.
Having studied the Life Safety Discipline, FEFU students will gain knowledge and practical life safety skills in various conditions (natural, technological, human-induced, and of social environment), as well as in emergency situations.
Students will learn survival skills in extreme conditions, including the conditions of man-made disasters, they will examine the technical means of communication, navigation and alert, they will pass basic self-defense courses and those of the first aid, scuba diving, and mountain climbing.
Sample modules of the Life Safety Discipline:
Natural Environment: Climate and Landscape; Natural Environment: Navigation and the Sea; Man-made Environment.
Baccalaureate 2.0: Choose Your Future
The main objective of the changes under the new educational model is to provide an opportunity for FEFU students to choose their specialization and individual training courses not only before going to the University, but also while studying. Such educational model has long existed in the world’s leading universities and FEFU will be the first Russian university, which takes such significant—but necessary for the Russian higher education—measures.
First of all the total of class hours of foreign language training in all areas of study at FEFU will be significantly increased.
Intensive language training in English is held on the first two years of study within the Core Module. This is to ensure that FEFU students, even starting from their third year of study, could have written and spoken language skills, and after receiving the Bachelor’s Degree had a chance to get a decent job or continue their studies both in Russia and abroad. Upon completion of the module, students will have to pass the international Cambridge English Exam to confirm their level of English, to obtain the relevant certificate, and to use it to continue their studies. Students, upon request, will be able to study Oriental languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.), and students for whom the Russian language is not native, will be given the opportunity to receive enhanced training in Russian.
Beginning with the third year of study students may study at foreign universities—FEFU partners with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).
This is so-called International Semester (Study Abroad Semester), when the students with the necessary language training will be able to expand their knowledge and gain experience of studying at foreign universities both in face-to-face and distance modes of study, and these training periods will be taken into account in their education programs.
Study groups are formed in a new way; students are able to choose their curriculum.
To do so, the so-called student advising or tutoring by the faculty has been introduced. By choosing any Major or Minor, each student may form their own individual learning plan consisting of the core disciplines mandatory for study, and an optional part (Elective Module or Electives), in which a student selects the most attractive for her/him training courses, including those from other Schools. So, the student of the School of Natural Sciences can study courses in the School of Humanities, School of Law, etc. Accordingly, study groups and classes became interschool ones. Thus, interdisciplinarity and communication ties between students of different FEFU Schools are being facilitated.
All educational programs focus on the study of the characteristics of the Asia-Pacific region for each University graduate to be able to become a specialist who knows the specifics of the region, which s/he will work in.
S/he should know the basics of the culture, history, business ethics of the countries of the region that would help to better adapt to the AsPac labor market with its specific features. This will be implemented through specialized courses related to economy, politics, culture and the law of the Asia-Pacific countries.
A special emphasis is placed on the project work.
Independent work of students is organized, not through completing tasks, but through the implementation of some joint project, which may involve multiple disciplines and addresses both the practical and educational objectives. The goal is to provide the students with skills in project management, and teamwork. This is very important because project management is one of the modern competences, which is very sought-after in the labor market now. Students may learn the basics of project work within the Core Module.
Core Module is the base module required for study by the students of the first and second years. It includes 12 disciplines:
Economic and Legal Thinking
AsPac Region: Politics, Economics, Culture
Fundamentals of Project Activities
Modern Information Technologies
Rhetoric and Academic Writing
A Major Module is the main professional module, the basic specialization of the future Bachelor. The student chooses it at the end of the second year of study after passing a Core Module. Passing a Major Module results in getting a State-recognized Degree Diploma.
A Minor Module is an optional professional module, i.e. additional qualification of the future Bachelor. The student chooses it at the end of the second year of study after passing a Core Module. A Minor Module does not require any additional payment. Passing the Module results in getting a certificate.
Electives Module – is an optional module. These are separate disciplines from a non-major subject area of a future Bachelor that a student may choose for her/himself.