• 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, International Relations, Political Sciences, Security Studies

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:

  1. familiarise themselves 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; and
  4. locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Russian studies, and present their findings cogently.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 3,000 word essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 2-hour exam (two questions to be answered) or 2,000 word essay (40) [LO 3,4]
  3. Tutorial performance (10) [LO 2,4]

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Workload

130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

The course uses an electronic brick published on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

  • Tsygankov, A. The Strong State in Russia. Development and Crisis. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Shiraev, E. Russian Government and Politics. New York: PalgraveMacmillan, 2010. 
  • Studin, I. (ed) Russia: Strategy, Policy and Administration. London: PalgraveMacmillan, 2018.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2038 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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