Constructing Identities in Soviet Russia CEES4063

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The aim of this module is to explore the idea of Russia and Russian identity during the period of the Soviet Union. The course examines the construction of Russian 'identity' at different spatial levels: local, national and global, through the exploration of a range of issues, including Soviet/Russian relations and interactions with the West, relations between the Russian Soviet republic and other republics of the Soviet Union; the role of migration in the Soviet Union and the identity and experience of Russian 'diaspora' communities; the nature and existence of religion under Soviet rule; attitudes towards and experiences of non-Russian ethnic communities in the Russian Soviet Republic and wider Soviet Union. The module includes analysis of Russian identity construction during the period of the Tsarist 'empire', which provides an essential historical context. The module adopts an approach that combines utilisation of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks (nationalism, ethnicity, post-colonialism) whilst paying attention to their applicability to the very specific context of the Soviet space. The module aims to include insights from the bottom up, i.e. more grounded empirical perspectives of identity construction at the level of the Soviet Russian population.

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

Mandatory entry requirements
Entry to CEES Honours normally requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over CEES 2A and CEES 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

The summative assessment for this course will consist of a group presentation (20%); an individual presentation report related to the group presentation of 1,500 words (30%) and a course essay of 3, 000 words (50%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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

The aim of this module is to explore the idea of Russia and Russian identity during the period of the Soviet Union. The course examines the construction of Russian 'identity' at different spatial levels: local, national and global, through the exploration of a range of issues, including Soviet/Russian relations and interactions with the West, relations between the Russian Soviet republic and other republics of the Soviet Union; the role of migration in the Soviet Union and the identity and experience of Russian 'diaspora' communities; the nature and existence of religion under Soviet rule; attitudes towards and experiences of non-Russian ethnic communities in the Russian Soviet Republic and wider Soviet Union. The module includes analysis of Russian identity construction during the period of the Tsarist 'empire', which provides an essential historical context. The module adopts an approach that combines utilisation of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks (nationalism, ethnicity, post-colonialism) whilst paying attention to their applicability to the very specific context of the Soviet space. The module aims to include insights from the bottom up, i.e. more grounded empirical perspectives of identity construction at the level of the Soviet Russian population.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the nature of Soviet Russian identity at the local, national and global levels;

■ assess the significance of the Tsarist past to the development of Soviet Russian identity;

■ distinguish the commonalities and differences in Soviet Russia's experience of processes of identity formation at the local, national and global level;

■ critically apply relevant theoretical frameworks and conceptual models to deepen understanding of the nature of Soviet Russian identity;

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

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None