Students of the American University in Moscow have been struggling with a real-life syllabus since the fall of 2016.
The university has struggled with a “crisis of identity” after Russian President Vladimir Putin banned a Russian-language version of the U.S. history curriculum in January, and the new syllabus has been a source of frustration for some students.
Now, the school is introducing a new syllabi with a focus on “cultural diversity” and “academic freedom.”
“We are taking our responsibility as a university and the responsibility to teach students the history of the Russian nation and its history in a way that is appropriate for all,” said Elena Bekhova, the vice president of the university.
Bekhov says the new course will cover the year 2036.
She says the syllabi is aimed at students who have been living in the city of Moscow for less than a year, as well as those who are studying in other cities around the world.
She added that the new “Russian History” syllabus is designed to address the “challenges” faced by students in the Russian education system.
In the new curriculum, Russian is being used to describe a language and cultural context, not a historical country.
“The Russian language is an important language in our culture, and we are very proud of it, so we should use it to express our language in a very positive way,” said Bekov.
The syllabus does not mention ethnic minorities, but does say that students can use “Russian as a national language,” and that they should do so regardless of their ethnicity.
The school is also changing the name of its student government to “Russia Students for Human Rights.”
It says that its goal is to “support the right of Russian-speakers in the world to live, work and study in a free, open and democratic society.”
The new syllabels are also intended to provide students with information on the Russian legal system, as opposed to the Russian government.
It is a move that the university says is aimed “at fostering a culture of learning and understanding in our universities, schools, and colleges.”