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Undergraduate Course: Stalin's Russia, 1921-1941 (HIST10336)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThere is a wide variety of published translated Russian primary source material available on this subject, 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?
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Stalin's Revolution: The USSR, 1926-1941 (HIST10366)
Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 344 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) * Two Final two-hour examinations, worth 50% of the overall grade
* Two 4,000-word essays (one per semester), worth 35% of the overall grade
* Oral assessment, worth 15% of the overall grade (formal oral presentations 10%, plus general class participation in discussions 5%)
* Oral grade: -Students will prepare a short text to accompany each of their
presentations. The course tutor will decide the grade for each presentation based on criteria published in the course document; 50% of this will be based on the delivery of the presentation in class, and 50% on the text, which along with the course organiser's written feedback to the student will be made available to the external examiner.
- The class participation grade will be discussed in the first instance with the student shortly before each essay is due. Essay advice can be given at this meeting and the student will be asked to fill in a brief self-assessment form on their oral performance.
It is hoped that the student and tutor will closely agree on the grade based on criteria published in the course document, though the final decision will be made by the tutor the self-assessment form will be made available to the external examiner for adjudication if the student feels the grade is unfair.
Students will be expected to include some analysis of primary sources in both
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
* advanced knowledge of events in Russia from 1921 to 1941;
* the ability to critically assess different historiographical interpretations on the rise of Stalin, the nature of Stalinism and the course of the Great Terror, utilising a wide range of primary sources;
* the ability to pursue independent lines of research in gathering material from primary and secondary sources, critically assess them and arrive at their own conclusions;
* the ability to independently identify general themes in the history of Stalinism and a mature awareness of the place of these events in the broader context of modern Russian history
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsStalin's Russia
Course organiserDr Iain Lauchlan
Tel: (0131 6)50 3769
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50
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