A history of Russia ADED11687

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will cover the history of Russia from 850 to 2019. Following the spread of Viking traders along the Russian rivers we trace the rise of the Empire of Kiev, the invasions of the Tartars followed by the rise of Moscow, and its new empire under the Romanovs. We will then study the two revolutions of 1917, the careers of Lenin and Stalin, the collapse of the Soviet Empire and the period up to and including the strategies of Vladimir Putin.


2 hours per week for 10 weeks

For timetable details, please see our web pages University of Glasgow - Study - Short courses

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Present an overview of Russian history from 850 to 2019.

■ Explore the reasons for the rise and fall of regimes and the Russian Empire itself.

■ Contextualise the policies of Putin's presidency against the backdrop of history.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ Describe the reasons for the rise of Muscovy to dominance in late medieval Russia

■ Evaluate the Romanov dynasty's autocracy and expansion

■ Assess the problems of creating a Marxist superpower in the 20th century

■ Assess the political strategies of Vladimir Putin and their effect on international relations

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.