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|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$955.05|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- One100-level HIST paper or 54 points
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
Coordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik
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.
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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