- Code POLS2069
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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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.
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.
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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
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