PIR-20078 - Russian Politics and Society
Coordinator: Matthew D Wyman Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 33756
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23

The main theme of this module is the most important political experiment of the twentieth century - the attempt to build communism in Russia. We look at:
* the ideological, cultural and political origins of communism
* the nature of the political, economic and social systems created under Lenin and Stalin
* the decline of the Soviet system
* the causes of the collapse of Soviet communism in the Gorbachev period
* communism's legacy and the postcommunist Russian political system
* Putin and Putinism
Indicative reading: Orlando Figes: Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 (2014); Robert Service: The Penguin History of Modern Russia: from Tsarism to the Twenty-First Century (4th edition 2015).

Aims
This introductory Russian politics module, intended for second year students, addresses the following areas:
- An historical overview, focussing on dominant political values and traditions, and on how political institutions were formed in the Soviet period;
- Governing structures, institutional interactions and the mechanics of power in the Soviet Union and in postcommunist Russia;
- The development of civil society in Russia;
- Russia and democracy: democratic development and obstacles to democracy in contemporary Russia.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/pir-20078/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

Describe and analyse features of Soviet and post Soviet politics / society using appropriate academic material: 1,2
1,2
Develop the skill of asking good questions: 1,2
Communicate effectively on an unfamiliar topic for a non specialist audience:

Study hours

Review of online materials: 20 hours
Seminars and workshops: 22 hours;
Seminar preparation in small groups 33 hours;
Blog / podcast / vlog preparation 75 hours;

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Commentary weighted 50%
Blog post of 1000 words each or 15 minute podcast or vlog on topic of the student's choice
Students will select an item from a list identified by tutors and produce a written, spoken or video commentary, 1000 words or 15 minutes, aiming to communicate to a non-specialist audience, and informed by the module content and themes.

2: Commentary weighted 50%
Blog/podcast/vlog of 1000 words on module material
Students will select an item from a list identified by tutors and produce a written, spoken or video commentary, 1000 words or 15 minutes, aiming to communicate to a non-specialist audience, and informed by the module content and themes.