European Communism: Programme And History HIST4076

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:
1. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years;
2. To offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide choice of options;
3. To offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
4. To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform the discussion with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research;
5. To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, a problem-solving teamwork.

Timetable

Lectures/seminars twice weekly across both terms

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:
1. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years;
2. To offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide choice of options;
3. To offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
4. To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform the discussion with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research;
5. To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, a problem-solving teamwork.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this particular Special Subjct, students should be able to:

1) demonstrate an understanding of the long-term trends in the history of European communism and of the major transformations of communist doctrine and practice.
2) demonstrate an ability to broadly contextualize this in European history, relating these transformations to changes in the European left more generally, political challenges (e.g. the rise of fascism), social and cultural change, and international crises.
3) demonstrate an ability to critically discuss and contextualize primary sources, including political treatise and party documents; the ability to distinguish between different types of primary sources and to detect their specific problems for historical research.
4) demonstrate an ability to critically discuss and summarize the major historiographic debates in the history of communism, such as the collapse of Soviet-style communism in 1989 or the social-democratization of communism in the West; the ability to present your own argument in these debates
5) present a piece of original research in the form of seminar presentation and essay, based on secondary literature as well as primary sources.