Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
EU30101 Russian national option R4: Gorbachev & Perestroika
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 1|
|Before taking this unit you must take EU20094 or take EU20416|
Aims: The option aims to provide the opportunity for detailed study of political and social change in the USSR during the years 1985-1991.
By the end of the unit students should be able to demonstrate understanding of:
* the origins of perestroika and the evolution of Gorbachev's thinking during the years 1985-91;
* the strengths and weaknesses of civil and political society in the USSR 1985-91;
* the demise of the USSR and communist party power in 1991.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.
Origins of perestroika; glasnost and democratization; nationalities issues and conflicts; the collapse of communism. Key text: A. Brown, The Gorbachev Factor (Oxford: 1997).