UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HIST3002 Russia and the Soviet Union in the Twentieth Century

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content The first half of Russia's twentieth century was violent—four revolutions (1905, February and October 1917, and the Stalin Revolution of 1929 to 1932), two World Wars, an extremely destructive Civil War (1918 to 1921–22 and in some regions to 1931), and a whole range of smaller military conflicts. This atmosphere of violence and flux was reinforced by periodic waves of state terror against a variety of groups (from peasants to bureaucrats, and from the intelligentsia to jazz fans).

This unit explores the society which emerged in this cauldron of upheaval and the transformations of this social system in the less tumultuous periods between Stalin's death in 1953 and the 1980s. The unit focuses on the analysis of a wide variety of primary sources—from statistics and newspaper reports to music and film, from novels and memoirs to secret police reports and citizens' letters.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic methodological issues characteristic of the discipline of History by critically analysing primary sources; (2) identify and evaluate the methodological problems posed by the history of Russia and the Soviet Union; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the history of Russia and the Soviet Union; (4) analyse a wide range of source materials using appropriate methodologies; (5) relate their independent source interpretations to the complex historiographical debates about the history of Russia and the Soviet Union; and (6) present advanced arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) weekly online quiz on assigned readings and content of lectures; (2) participation in workshop teamwork including a 500-word peer assessment of work by the team; and (3) a 3000-word essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Mark Edele
Unit rules
Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2238 Russia and the USSR 1900–1992; HIST3338 Russia and the USSR 1900–1992
Contact hours 26 (lectures: 14 hours; workshops: 12 hours)

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