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PL10088: Russian politics & society 1B: Russia before 1917

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The main aim of the unit is to offer an outline history of Russia focusing on the geopolitical, social and cultural factors which shaped its development and to examine in detail the problems posed by industrial development and social change in the late 19th and early 20th centuries culminating in the revolution of 1917. The unit also introduces some classic literary and political texts to illuminate the moral and political dilemmas of the 19th century. A second aim is to develop skills in historical analysis through seminar discussion and essay techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the unit successfully will:
* have a clear understanding of the character and historical evolution of the Russian Empire and of its collapse in 1917;
* be familiar with the debate about the factors which shaped its rise and fall;
* have gained experience in analysis of primary sources;
* have shown they can present an effective analysis of an issue in essay form.

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 taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.

The first Russian states and the rise of Moscow; modernization and westernization 1680-1855; Russian society in the mid-19th century as reflected in Turgenev's Fathers and Children; reform and industrialisation 1855-1903; the emergence of a revolutionary movement; dilemmas of Russian revolutionaries as reflected in Lenin's What is to be Done?; Dostoevsky's critique of 19th century Russian social values in Crime and Punishment; women and the women's movement before 1917; the revolution of 1905 and the successes and failures of constitutional rule 1906-1914; war, revolution and the failure of liberal democracy 1914-1917. Key text: G. Hosking Russia and the Russians: from the Earliest Times to 2001 (Penguin: 2001).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL10088 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB09 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB07 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB22 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB15 : BA(Hons) Russian ab inito and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.