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On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Explore in detail the connections between power, identity, culture and environment within the social and political history of the period.
2. Demonstrate a good awareness of the key actors, events and processes in the broader history of Russia’s nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
3. Develop a working knowledge of the relevant key debates in environmental history, and of the historiography of Russian environmental history in particular.
4. Critically engage with a variety of primary and secondary material.
5. Contribute regularly and in a meaningful way to class discussion
6. Write scholarly essays to the standard of a level 3 student of history.
The module will cover the following main topics:
Week 1: Russia: Land, people, power
Week 2: Rural land and the late imperial state
Week 3: Frontier expansion and settlement
Week 4: The forest question: Resource management and Russian identity
Week 5: The late imperial city
Week 6: Revolutionary environments
Week 7: Stalinism: The Great Break
Week 8: Nature and the quest to build socialism, 1933-1953
Week 9: Khrushchev and the years of peaceful coexistence
Week 10: The world of developed socialism
Week 11: Disasters, perestroika and the Soviet legacy
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Presentation: A combined 15 minute class presentation and 1,500 word essay||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Project: A 4,000 word end of semester research project||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Student contribution / participation is graded on a weekly basis in seminars||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Remediation Type||Remediation Timing|
|Repeat||Within Two Trimesters|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback on the mid-term assessment of a 15-minute presentation and 1500-word essay assignment will be provided in writing on the returned hard copy. Written and oral feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis on plans and reading lists for the end of semester research project. Feedback on the end of semester 4000-word research project will be provided by appointment in one-to-one meetings.
|Seminar||Offering 1||Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31||Thurs 09:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31||Wed 15:00 - 15:50|