Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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 PutinismIndicative 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).
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/pir-20078/lists
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.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe and analyse features of Soviet and post Soviet politics / society using appropriate academic material: 1,21,2Develop the skill of asking good questions: 1,2Communicate effectively on an unfamiliar topic for a non specialist audience:
Review of online materials: 20 hoursSeminars and workshops: 22 hours; Seminar preparation in small groups 33 hours; Blog / podcast / vlog preparation 75 hours;
1: Commentary weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Blog post of 1000 words each or 15 minute podcast or vlog on topic of the student's choiceStudents 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 materialStudents 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.