POL3512 - The Soviet Union and Russia since 1917


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course will provide students with an introduction to the history and politics of the Soviet Union and Russia, with attention to the revolutionary origins and historical development of the Soviet Union as well as to post-Soviet developments. Special attention will be paid to nationalities policy, Church-state relations, and gender equality. One week will be devoted to discussing post-1991 Ukraine and Belarus.

Learning outcome

Knowledge – the student shall:
- have knowledge of the history and politics in the Soviet Union and Russia after 1917.
Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:
- treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner which fulfills the requirements for scientific writing.
- be able to orally discuss and reflect over one’s own written work and the themes which were taken up during teaching.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group discussions. Supervision of term paper. The language of instruction is English.

If less than 6 students attend the course the two first weeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision. Whether or not the course is offered also depends on the Departments available resources.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation, participation in 80% of the classes

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Term paper and oral examination. Length of term paper: 6000-8000 words. The oral exam covers the term paper as well as readings. The oral exam will be used to adjust the term paper’s grade by a maximum of one grade. Both the term paper and the oral exam must be retaken at a repeat of the exam.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL8512 10.0 2006-08-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100


Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.