• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    See Future Offerings

This course provides an introduction to the politics of Russia. It traces the evolution of Russian politics by offering a wide-range discussion of main events, figures and scholarly interpretations of Russia's past and present. While the initial focus is on the rise and fall of communist ideology and institutions, the course examines in detail the ongoing development of political structures in post-communist Russia and the forces, both domestic and international, that shape the life of Russians today.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Feel familiar with Russia as a geographic and cultural entity, and major phases in its historical development

2. Reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to politics and international relations of Russia, with a special emphasis on the notions of democracy, totalitarianism, imperialism, and post-Communist transition

3. Analyse historical and current developments in Russia, using these intellectual tools

4. Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Russian studies, and present your findings in a coherent manner on paper and orally.

Indicative Assessment

One 3,000 word essay (50%) and either a two-hour examination, or a 2,000 word essay (40%) and tutorial assessment [based on attendance, reading, performance] (10%).

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Workload

Two hours of lectures and a one-hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks.

Tutorials will start on the second week of the semester.

Students can expect to undertake 6-8 hours of reading and independent research per week outside of class time, in preparation for tutorials, submission of the major essay and the final exam.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

Preliminary Reading

There is no prescribed text for this course. However, the following books may be recommended as solid background reading:

Robinson, N., Russia: A State of Uncertainty. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.

Remington, T.F., Politics in Russia. London and New York: Longman, 2002.

Lovell, S. Destination in Doubt: Russia since 1989. London and New York: Zed Books, 2006.

These books are available, in limited quantities, at the Campus Co-Op Book Store in paperback form.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2077 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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