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HIST301 Modern Russia and the Soviet Union

Changes in Russian and Soviet politics, economy, culture and society from the revolutions of 1917 to the present.

The Soviet experiment, which ended in 1991, was the most serious attempt ever made to build an ideal society. This paper endeavours to offer a coherent interpretation of Soviet history, explaining what went wrong with the experiment and how it affected the lives of ordinary men and women. The process of modernisation is highlighted, as well as the relationship between political change and economic growth.This paper analyses the history of the Russian people and their society, politics and processes of economic change from the October Revolution of 1917 up until the 1990s.

Paper title Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
Paper code HIST301
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
18 200-level HIST, ARTH or ARTV points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
alexander.trapeznik@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Alexander Trapeznik
Textbooks
Recommended:

Lowe, N., Mastering Twentieth-Century Russian History, Palgrave, 2002.

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students should understand:
  • The principal features of Russian history in this period
  • What went wrong with the Soviet experiment and how it affected the lives of ordinary men and women
  • The relationship between political change and economic growth
  • Continuities and discontinuities in Russian and Soviet society.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard