Communism POLITIC4118

  • 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 aim of this course is to consider the theory and practice that have informed communist rule from its outset (in Soviet Russia in 1917) to the present day, giving due attention to the global nature of communist rule and to its place within the politics of the left more broadly.

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

At one time about a third of the world's population lived under communist rule. It persists today in the world's most populous country, China, and elsewhere in Asia and Latin America. It has been one of the most influential political philosophies we have ever seen, and its history is studied more actively than ever before on the basis of the archives and other sources that have recently become available. The aim of this course is to consider the theory and practice that have informed communist rule from its outset (in Soviet Russia in 1917) to the present day, giving due attention to the global nature of communist rule and to its place within the politics of the left more broadly.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. analyse the ideas that have informed communist rule, including the critiques that were mounted at various times by social democrats and critical Marxists;

2. critically assess the operation of a 'mature' communist political system, such as the USSR in the 1970s and 1980s;

3. explain the historical record of communist rule; and

4. elucidate the reasons that led to the demise of communist rule in Eastern Europe and the USSR at the end of the 1980s.

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.