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Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Russian Politics (PLIT10048)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science 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 areaPolitics Other subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - Russian Studies
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course introduces students to the politics and government of the Russian Federation. Format varies each year but follows the following general outline. It commences with an analysis of the disintegration of the Soviet state and its consequences. It then looks in detail at post Soviet state and institution building. Foci may vary but include party systems, civil society and human rights, democratisation in theory and practice, the nature of post communism, political culture and Russian nationalism. Russian international relations vis-a-vis the EU and post Soviet states will also be analysed. The course aims to provide students with critical and conceptual awareness of the following key areas:
- The actors and institutions involved in state and institution building within Russia and the post Soviet states
- The nature of political change in Russia
- Russian political culture, beliefs and values
- Russian foreign policy
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  22
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Plus 1 hr tutorial per week
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Contemporary Russian Politics2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Objectives: By the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key institutions and processes in Russian Politics
- Exhibit a strong understanding of competing analytical and ideological approaches for understanding Russian Politics
- Evaluate alternative explanations for particular political developments and events in Russia and the CIS
- Develop a personal assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Russian political system.
Assessment Information
Tutorial participation 20%, essay 40% and examination 40%
Special Arrangements
This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Luke March
Tel: (0131 6)50 4241
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4457
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