251Far08a - P.Sc 251 RUSSIAN POLITICS Autumn'08 Prof Farkas...

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P.Sc. 251 RUSSIAN POLITICS Autumn '08 Prof. Farkas COURSE OBJECTIVES This is an intermediate level politics course. It does not presume any background in the subject matter. However, students are certainly welcome if they have some background. The academic focus is on politics and political issues in contemporary Russia. Because the information is quite new to most students, it will require serious effort and very regular attention to the readings and lectures. The challenge associated with understanding the contemporary politics of the Russian system is a daunting one. The issues, problems and fluid nature of politics are hard to grasp. Students that make this effort will be rewarded with discovering a fascinating and intriguing system. Review the syllabus and be sure that this is the course to which you want to commit yourself for the next five weeks. We will deal with history quite briefly. Students will find course options in history that can provide an insight into19th and 20th century Russian affairs. In practical terms, we will provide a platform of information on the current state of politics, a focused look at the political leadership and some careful examination of the issues that affect people and organizations in Russia. This course examines internal politics and P.Sc. 243 RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY examines the international dimensions of the subject. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES Please read and THINK about the following list. If you choose not to do these things, it will not be possible for you to complete this course in a satisfactory way. (a) All readings from the text must be done on time … that is, BEFORE the lecture deals with the subject. (b) Class attendance is crucial. Virtually all of your questions can be addressed in class. This is the key opportunity to “complete” the process of understanding what you have read. Lectures will introduce information that is NOT in the text. Students are expected to attend EVERY class. (c) Mid-term exam (d) Short research paper (e) A comprehensive final exam. (f) Class preparation to ask or answer questions in the classroom setting. MATERIALS & READINGS Remington, POLITICS IN RUSSIA, Pearson Longman, Fifth Edition, 2008 Regular reading of internet sources inlcuding Moscow Times, Moscow News, RFE/RL Russia Report and Russia Today. FACULTY - STUDENT CONTACT Experienced university students know that it is wise to use the opportunity to visit and consult with professors during their office hours. If those hours are impossible, propose to meet at another time. It is YOUR responsibility to use this “out-of-class” time to clarify questions you have, raise questions or thoughts about other ideas, or simply to come to understand better the professor’s thinking about anything at all. If you do this, it will be easier for your professors to deal with you and your uniqueness.
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Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.To
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