The Russian Revolutions of 1917 CEES3012

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This is  Non Honours course taught by Central and East European Studies. The aim of this course is to explore the nature of the popular protest which first overthrew the Tsar and then brought the Bolsheviks to power in October 1917.

Timetable

One 2 hour class per week

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the CEES Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D in Central and East European Studies or cognate social science Level 2.

Excluded Courses

The Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921 (30 Level 3 version)

Assessment

■ 5,000 word extended essay (100%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to explore the nature of the popular protest which first overthrew the Tsar and then brought the Bolsheviks to power in October 1917. Throughout, the dynamic between political ideologies and popular aspirations will be explored, along side the role played by the Bolshevik Party in mobilising the masses.

The course will draw heavily on the wide range of documentary material available in translation, in order to help understand the motivation of past political actors.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, in the context of the years in question, students will be able to:

■ demonstrate a good knowledge of political developments in Russia;

■ assess the differing impacts of those political developments on a variety of social groups;

■ understand the use and impact of propaganda and other methods of mass mobilisation;

■ understand the limits of mass mobilisation and the role of political expediency;

■ explain the inter-relationship between domestic and international politics;

■ examine critically and interpret (translated) primary source material;

■ present knowledge acquired during the course in the form of coherent written expression.

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.