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HIST236 Modern Russia and the Soviet Union

Changes in Russian and Soviet politics, economy, culture and society from the revolutions of 1917 up until the 1990s.

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.

Paper title Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
Paper code HIST236
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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Prerequisite
One100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

alexander.trapeznik@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik

Textbooks

Course materials will be made available electronically.

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

Semester 1

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A2 Monday 14:00-14:50 11, 15, 18-19, 21
A3 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 11, 15, 18-19, 21
A4 Thursday 13:00-13:50 11, 15, 18-19, 21

Changes in Russian and Soviet politics, economy, culture and society from the revolutions of 1917 up until the 1990s.

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.

Paper title Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
Paper code HIST236
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
One100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

alexander.trapeznik@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik

Textbooks

Course materials will be made available electronically.

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

Course outline

Available on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

^ Top of page

Timetable

Semester 1

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 11, 15, 18-19, 21
A2 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 11, 15, 18-19, 21
A3 Thursday 13:00-13:50 11, 15, 18-19, 21