The Russian Revolution

Course code HIST3455Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Deals with twentieth-century Russia, particularly the Russian Revolution and the history of the Soviet Union. Students will consider the social, economic and political conditions which made Russia ripe for Revolution, the events of 1917, the Civil War, Stalin's dictatorship, the Cold War years, and the collapse of the Soviet system.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the key issues in the history of Russia and the impact of Marxism and Leninism, to analyse and reflect upon a variety of historical source materials, to develop understanding of different theories and approaches to the study of history, and to synthesise primary and secondary source material in oral and written form.
ContentStudents will survey some of the following areas: the ideological background to the revolution; Tsarist Russia; the 1905 Revolution and the establishment of the Duma; the immediate causes of the Russian Revolution; Bolshevik policy, leadership and tactics; the Civil War and foreign intervention; Lenin and the New Economic Policy; Stalinist Russia and 'Socialism in One Country'; the Great Patriotic War; COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE, Khrushchev and destalinisation; Gorbachev and perestroika, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Replacing Course(s)HIST3450 The Russian Revolution
TransitionStudents who completed HIST3450 The Russian Revolution are not eligible to take this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassFormal Examination or class test as required, 20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne to four written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, essay proposals, bibliographies, quizzes or other similar exercises as specified in the course guide, totalling 5,000 - 7,000 words, 70%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, may include written contributions (in class and online through Black Board) 10%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term