BA Politics and Modern History / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course is divided into four sections. The first two focus on the fall of the old communist system and the formation of a new post-communist state. The third section, on the distribution of wealth and power, looks at economic reform, the mafia, and elections. The course concludes with a section on the Russian tradition which looks at political culture, national identity, and Russian foreign policy.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to key debates in post-Soviet Russian politics. The course starts by analysing the fall of the Soviet system. It then goes on to look at the role of political networks, corruption, the energy sector and the search for a new, post-Soviet Russian national identity. By the end of the course students will have learned about the main political events in Russia since 1991; examined the problems of a society undergoing massive social and economic transformation; and become familiar with theoretical and historically informed analyses of the Russian political system.
By the end of the course students will be familiar with the main political events in Russia since 1991; will be able to think analytically about the problems faced by a society undergoing massive social and economic transformation; and will have developed their critical and communicative skills.
Teaching and learning methods
10 two-hour Lectures
Assessed Essay 2,800 words (40%)
Exam 1.5 hours (40%)
Politics staff will provide feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission via Blackboard (if submitted through Turnitin).
Students should be aware that all marks are provisional until confirmed by the external examiner and the final examinations boards in June.
For modules that do not have examination components the marks and feedback for the final assessed component are not subject to the 15 working day rule and will be released with the examination results. This applies to Semester 2 modules only. Semester one modules with no final examination will have their feedback available within the 15 working days.
You will receive feedback on assessed essays in a standard format. This will rate your essay in terms of various aspects of the argument that you have presented your use of sources and the quality of the style and presentation of the essay. If you have any queries about the feedback that you have received you should make an appointment to see your tutor. Tutors and Course Convenors also have a dedicated office hour when you can meet with her/him to discuss course unit specific problems and questions.
On assessments submitted through Turnitin you will receive feedback via Blackboard. This will include suggestions about ways in which you could improve your work in future. You will also receive feedback on non-assessed coursework, whether this is individual or group work. This may be of a more informal kind and may include feedback from peers as well as academic staff
Daniel Treisman, The Return: Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev (Free Press, 2012)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Yoram Gorlizki||Unit coordinator|
This course is ONLY OPEN to students from the following degree programmes:
BSocSci, BA (Econ) Politics Specialists, PMH, Phil/Pol, Law with Politics, PPE, ESML & Russian.
Length of course: 12 weeks