PSCI517 - Russian Politics

Status
C
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Russian Politics
Term
2022A
Syllabus URL
Subject area
PSCI
Section number only
401
Section ID
PSCI517401
Course number integer
517
Registration notes
Undergraduates Need Permission
Registration also required for Recitation (see below)
Meeting times
MW 05:15 PM-06:15 PM
Level
graduate
Instructors
Rudra Sil
Description
This course will present an in-depth examination of political, economic and social change in post-Soviet Russia within a historical context. After a breif discussion of contemporary problems in Russia, the first half of the course will delve into the rise of communism in 1917, the evolution of the Soviet regime, and the tensions between ideology and practice over the seventy years of communist rule up until 1985. The second part of the course will begin with an examination of the Gorbachev period and the competing interpretations of how the events between 1985 and 1991 may have contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will then proceed to make sense of the continuities and changes in politics, economics and society in contemporary Russia. Important topics will include the confrontations accompanying the adoption of a new constitution, the emergence of competing ideologies and parties, the struggle over economic privatization, the question of federalism and nationalism, social and political implicatons of economic reform, and prospects for Russia's future in the post-Yeltsin era. This course may also be taken as a graduate seminar (PSCI 517) with the permission of the instructor and the completion of additional requirements.
Course number only
517
Cross listings
PSCI217401, REES217401
Fulfills
Cross Cultural Analysis
Use local description
No