“European experience of innovative culture: communicative aspects” Course
Prof. in charge – Latypov I.A.



Course description & objectives

The course is suited to teach theoretical issues of development of creative activity in Europe and some practical sequences of it. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the basic communicative principles of European experience of innovative culture, a new interdisciplinary field, which promotes a better understanding of institutions, processes, policies, and systems, involved in development of creative activity in Europe. It focuses in particular on the different aspects of influence of the innovative culture, and the transformation of the scientific communications pertaining to it. It compares both the social and the individual creative potential for innovations facing the authors of it.

The course is based on the methodological principle of interactivity.

Teaching methods involve traditional lectures, problem solving seminars and other interactive sessions. All students are required to do substantial compulsory reading before each seminar. Teaching methods will involve also the fieldtrip to the Business-incubator in Udmurtia for discussion with representatives on issues of the innovative culture.



The course (28 hours) is divided into two parts.

The first part of course (7 hours of lectures + 7 hours of seminars = 14 hours) contains 7 classes. Each class session is divided into two parts. The first part of the class will be a lecture: short explanation of topicality of the main problem of lecture, a plan, definitions of the main notions (terms), list of main sources. Then we shall continue with an extensive (detailed) discussion of the main problem. And then summary of lecture follows. Then practical part follows (seminar). And then we shall continue with a class discussion of the readings, lectures, and current events, analysing and discussing case studies from an innovative perspective. As necessary, we will also utilize audio-visual resources and PowerPoint Presentations to further our understanding of the material.

The second part of course (14 hours of seminars) contains 7 classes. Each class session is divided into two parts. The first part of the class will be a discussion of home task. Then we shall continue with a class discussion of the readings and current events. Audio-visual resources and PowerPoint Presentations may be used by students to further our understanding of the material. The students’ progress is assessed during the courses.



I.   Introduction.

II.  Historical development of innovative Culture In Europe: English, French, Italian, German, Austrian, and Scandinavian experience.

III. European experience of analysis of innovative culture: communicative aspects.

IV. Theory of Inventive Problem Solving in the innovative activity.

V.  European experience of innovative educational technologies.

VI. The main trends of the development of the European Union of knowledge.

VII. The main trends of the development of the European innovative culture: communicative aspects.



The teaching style may be understood as a set of 3 aspects.

1st, some exposure to an area of the EICIPRC project specialization ought to be a required part of every college and university curriculum. So students must understand importance of the module.

A 2nd aspect of the teaching relates to the multidisciplinary synergies and synergistic relationship between teaching and research. Learning is enhanced if students are exposed to the latest scholarly research, if they come to see knowledge acquisition as an on-going process, and if they witness the excitement of knowledge discovery. Prof. Latypov constantly stresses the relevance of the subject matter, and use real world examples to illustrate the practical application of the information and skills learned in class.

A 3rd aspect of the teaching philosophy is to encourage critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, practical application of theory, and tolerance of diverse ideas and cultures from an international perspective.

Internet Research Presentation

Students should present several Internet research presentation focusing on European experience of innovative culture. The source can come from any major domestic or foreign periodical available on the Internet. Students are required to respond to their classmates’ questions about presentation.

      The participation is meant as the contribution of each student to the ongoing class discussion or question and answer period.  In this context, Students may present their opinion, explanation, or relevant comments about the issue at hand.  However, simply asking a question does not constitute participation.

      Students will assume an interactive role in the seminar. Their rating will grew because of active participation in the seminar (reading assignments, short presentations of articles and ideas, group discussions), and preparing the texts and background information for the roundtable debates at the end of semester.

In any class size, the one way for a student to gain recognition from the instructor is to meaningfully contribute to the class discussion.

The course will encourage students to look for inspiring European examples of innovative decisions. By analyzing and discussing case studies from an innovative perspective with teachers and classmates, students will explore how one can be an effective innovator, assess their own innovative skills and gain a better understanding of decision-making processes and discuss what is happening in European innovations today. The course offers a unique learning experience giving students the opportunity to interact and to find information from different fields of innovative activity.

The main impact is development of students’ innovative awareness and personal creativity through the European concept of innovative culture.

It is Interdisciplinary course for lecturers of UdSU (as students of professional development courses in UdSU), Master degree students of Udmurt State University (UdSU), Master degree students from different Academies and universities in Izhevsk (as students of professional development courses in UdSU), who do not normally come into contact with EU Studies. Our professional development courses (for lecturers of UdSU) are part of Life-long learning program at UdSU.
©Latypov Ildar A., 2018.
Translated from Russian by I.A. Latypov.

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