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Russian and Soviet Politics POLI 329 Prof. Juliet Johnson Fall 2006 Leacock 317 BIRKS 111 Office Hours: W 2-4pm Tu-Th 10:05-11:25am [email protected] TA: Jessica Trisko (514) 398-6120 The attempt to redefine and recreate a healthy Russian state from the ashes of the collapsed Soviet Union represents one of the greatest political, economic, and social challenges of our time. This course invites students to investigate this transformation by providing a broad introduction to Russian and Soviet politics. The first part of the course covers the Soviet era from the Russian Revolution of 1917 through Gorbachev's reforms in the 1980s, while the second part explores issues in post-Soviet Russian politics such as the dilemmas of democratization, economic transformation, and the rise of nationalism and separatism within Russia. Required Readings Peter Kenez, A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to the End, Second Edition (Cambridge 2006) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Michael McFaul, Russia’s Unfinished Revolution (Cornell 2005) Andrew Jack, Inside Putin’s Russia (Oxford 2005). POLI 329 course pack Both the course pack and the books are available for purchase at the university bookstore. In the course outline below, readings from the books are indicated by and articles from the course pack are indicated by For best results, do the readings for each week ahead of time and in the order listed on the outline. In addition, students should keep up on current events in Russia by regularly visiting the website of David Johnson’s Russia List (, an invaluable compilation of news reports, analyses, and commentary on Russian affairs from around the world. In the Russian studies community, everyone who is anyone reads JRL. Die-hard Russophiles may want to subscribe to the daily e-mail version of JRL as well. Course Obligations Students will be evaluated on the basis of four measures: 1) Short answers to weekly discussion questions, submitted via WebCT (10%) 2) A midterm examination (20%) 3) Two 5-7 page essays related to our Week 13 role-playing exercise (15% each) 4) A comprehensive final examination (40%) You must complete both exams and both papers in order to pass the course. 1
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Weekly Discussion Questions I will post discussion questions for each week on the WebCT site for the course, beginning with Week 2 (click on “Weekly Questions” for access). You will choose ONE of these questions to answer, and will submit a short, well-thought-out response to it via WebCT. To receive credit, responses must be a minimum of 200 words long and must answer the question with explicit reference to the readings. Responses are due by 9am each Thursday , and late responses will
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