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Undergraduate Course: Stalin's Revolution: The USSR, 1926-1941 (HIST10366)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course offers history of Stalin's revolution in the USSR from 1926 to 1941, giving the students a chance to engage with the latest debates in Russian history. This period is crucial to understanding the rise and fall of the world's first great socialist experiment, and provides a Russian perspective on important debates in modern history: Did communism offer a more viable model of modernity than capitalism? Why did so many European states turn towards political extremism, violence and dictatorship in the early twentieth century? Why did these tyrannous regimes fail?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting Students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  24
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Paper 12:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Upon completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate in their course work, written examination, general participation in class discussions and oral presentations a sound knowledge of events in the USSR 1926-1941

2. The ability critically assess different historiographical interpretations of the Stalin Revolution

3. The ability to assess critically primary and secondary sources
4. Display an understanding of the challenges faced by historians when investigating the past

5. A basic understanding of Russia's place in the general context of events in Europe in the early twentieth century
Assessment Information
Final Exam (two hours, two essay questions from choice of seven) 50%
One 3000 word Essay 30%
Oral 20% (one presentation 10%, class participation 10%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills *the capacity to work independently on a research topic, whilst respecting different opinions, and demonstrate the ability to evaluate and use effectively the relevant information
*the capacity to express themselves clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
*the ability to meet the deadlines
Reading list Philip Boobbyer (ed.), The Stalin Era (London, 2000).
Richard Sakwa (ed.), The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (London, 1999).
J. Arch Getty & Oleg Naumov (eds.) The Road to Terror (Yale UP, 1999).
Ronald Grigor Suny (ed.), The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents (Oxford, 2003).
Chris Ward, Stalin's Russia (London, 1999).
Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Stalin: The Court of the Red
Tsar (London, 2003).
Robert Service, Stalin: A Biography (London, 2004).
Sarah Davies & James Harris (eds.), Stalin: A New History (Cambridge, 2005).
V. Serge, Memoirs of a revolutionary, 1901-1941 (Oxford,1963).
S.F. Cohen, Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938, (New York, 1973).
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Iain Lauchlan
Tel: (0131 6)50 3769
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50
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