Contemporary Russian Politics POLITIC4108

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The purpose of this course is to explore the issues that arise in the analysis of the politics of the world's largest country and its transition from communist to postcommunist rule.

Timetable

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

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Summative assessment will be based on an essay of 2500,3000 words(50%) and an unseen two-hour exam in which students must tackle two questions out of six (50%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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Course Aims

The purpose of this course is to explore the issues that arise in the analysis of the politics of the world's largest country and its transition from communist to postcommunist rule. How and why did Soviet rule come to an end in the early 1990s? What is the distribution of power in the contemporary political system? How significant are the checks on central power that are represented by elections, political parties, and 'civil society'? And what kind of label should we attach to the political system that exists today?

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. explain the reasons for the demise of the Soviet system

2. outline the main features of the contemporary Russian political system

3. assess the sources of stability and change in the contemporary Russian political system

4. analyse the ways in which political scientists have conceptualised the contemporary Russian political system

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.