HIST 2084 - Russia in War and Revolution 1917-1953

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

Between 1917 and 1953, the peoples of the USSR experienced a revolution, a brutal civil war, the cultural flowering of the 1920s, the upheaval of industrialisation and collectivisation in the 1930s, the trauma of Stalin's 'Great Terror', and the ordeal of World War II. Millions of people died or were killed, but there were also spectacular achievements in the military, economic and cultural spheres. This course explores the epic history of the largest country on earth from the revolution of 1917 to the death of Stalin in 1953. We do this from the perspective of some of the historical characters who lived through the period. Each student will choose an individual historical figure whose life and career s/he will trace through the great events of the period 1917 to 1953. By pooling their knowledge of specific individuals, students will build up a broader picture of what it meant to live through this amazing period of history.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HIST 2084
    Course Russia in War and Revolution 1917-1953
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Course Description Between 1917 and 1953, the peoples of the USSR experienced a revolution, a brutal civil war, the cultural flowering of the 1920s, the upheaval of industrialisation and collectivisation in the 1930s, the trauma of Stalin's 'Great Terror', and the ordeal of World War II. Millions of people died or were killed, but there were also spectacular achievements in the military, economic and cultural spheres. This course explores the epic history of the largest country on earth from the revolution of 1917 to the death of Stalin in 1953. We do this from the perspective of some of the historical characters who lived through the period. Each student will choose an individual historical figure whose life and career s/he will trace through the great events of the period 1917 to 1953. By pooling their knowledge of specific individuals, students will build up a broader picture of what it meant to live through this amazing period of history.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gareth Pritchard

    Email: gareth.pritchard@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: 8313 4529
    Office: Napier 306
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    The formal contact hours for this course consist of:

    1 x one-hour lecture per week.

    1 x two-hour workshop per week.

    The course is divided into five chronological modules that we go through in turn. These are:

    1. The last years of tsarism, 1894-1917.
    2. The Revolution, the Civil War and NEP, 1917-1928.
    3. The making of Stalin's Russia, 1928-41.
    4. The Great Patriotic War, 1941-45.
    5. The last years of Stalin, 1945-1953.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate, both orally and in writing, a broad knowledge of the history of the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1953.
    2 Apply their contextual knowledge (a) to understanding the lives and careers of one category of individuals in the USSR (e.g. ballet dancers, scientists etc.) and (b) to studying the life and career of one individual in that field.
    3 Use relevant technologies both to identify relevant primary and secondary sources and to evaluate data.
    4 Critically evaluate the strengths and shortcomings of relevant primary and secondary sources.
    5 Arrive at independent conclusions regarding the lives and careers of people who lived through the period 1917 to 1953.
    6 Co-operate effectively in research teams with other students.
    7 Communicate their findings, both orally and in writing, by constructing evidence-based arguments that comply with the scholarly and ethical conventions of the discipline of history.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    6, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The course textbook is Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution, 4th edition (Oxford University Press, 2017).
    Recommended Resources
    The literature on Russian and the USSR between 1894 and 1953 is vast. In order to give you the "big picture", there are many general texts that you can use. These include:

    Christian, D., Imperial and Soviet Russia (1997) « 947.08 C555i

    Crozier, B., The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire (2000) 947.084 C954r

    Dziewanowski, M.K., Russia in the Twentieth Century (1993) « 947.084 D999r

    Fitzpatrick, S., The Russian Revolution (1994) « 947.0841 F559r

    Hosking, G., A History of the Soviet Union (1992) « 947.084 H826h

    Hosking, G., The First Socialist Society (1992) 947.084 H826f

    Hughes, G. and Welfare, S., Red Empire (1990) « 947.084 H893r

    Kenez, P., A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to the End (1999) « 947.084 K33h

    Lee, S.J., Russia and the USSR, 1855-1991: Autocracy and Dictatorship (2006) « 947.08 L4811r

    McCauley, M., The Soviet Union Since 1917 (1991) « 947.084 M119s

    Service, R., A History of Modern Russia from Nicholas II to Valdimir Putin (1997) « 947.084 S491h

    Suny, R.G., The Soviet Experiment (1998) « 947 S958s

    Thompson, J.M., A Vision Unfulfilled: Russia and the Soviet Union in the Twentieth Century (1996) « 947.083 T473v

    Treadgold, D.W., Twentieth Century Russia (1990) « 947.084 T78t

    Volkogonov, D., The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire (1998) « 947.084 V921s











    Online Learning
    Myuni forms a very important part of this course. Students construct a course wiki in Myuni, and we also use Myuni to create a course database on the individuals whom we study. In addition to recordings of lectures, Myuni will also contain a wide range of quizzes, bibliographies, databases, and other materials,
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course focuses above all on (1) the use of primary documents, and (2) the study of the generation born in late imperial Russia which lived through the revolution, the civil war, the rise of Stalin, World War II, and the last years of Stalin to his death in 1953.

    Lectures are highly interactive. In addition to discussing the material covered in the course textbook, the lectures will also be used to gather and collate information that students have found in their own research.

    The purpose of the workshop is (i) to discuss in greater depth the debates and issues that are introduced in the lectures, and (ii) to explore a very wide range of primary sources, including memoirs, newspapers, posters, films, music, paintings etc.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course is designed to involve a total of 156 hours of study, including formal contact hours (3 hours per week), private study, the research and writing of assessments, and preparation for the examination.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Tutorials:

    Preparation for tutorials will usually involve reading a short text (which will be supplied in advance) or looking at some documents from the the booklet of primary sources (which is available on Myuni). Every tutorial is different but they are usually structured around specific learning activities that involve small-group discussion and class discussion. The tutorials will also be used to revise the information that we covered in lectures and to address any questions that students might have.

    Lectures:

    At the beginning of the course students will be given a long list of historical individuals divided into a number of categories, including: academics, actors, artists, aviators, clergy, Communists, composers, dancers, film-makers, nuclear scientiests, revolutionaries, singers,
    soldiers, weapon designers and writers. Students will be asked to track the career of their chosen character as we move through the course chronologically. In preparation for lectures, students will be asked to liaise (via Myuni) with other students who have chosen characters from the same category. In the lectures we will collate this information in order to build up a group biography of the category in question. Students will also be asked to read sections from the course textbook in advance of the lectures, and the lectures will be used to revise their understanding of the material they have read.

    Private study:

    Most of the time available to students for private study will be taken up with (i) general reading in preparation for lectures and tutorials, (ii) researching the biography of their assigned historical character; (iii) researching and writing their assessments.

    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small-group discovery is a core component of this course. It takes place in two main formats.

    Firstly, students will be divided into tutorial groups which will meet weekly. In their tutorial groups, students will focus on historical debates and primary sources.

    Secondly, students will be divided into groups for the purposes of the lectures. (N.B. the tutorial groups and the lecture groups will not be the same.) In the lectures, students will be asked to sit with other students whose assigned character is from the same category, e.g. all the writers will sit together, all the revolutionaries will sit together, all the nuclear scientists will sit together etc. In addition, students in the same category will also interact via Myuni with eachother prior to lectures in order to share information and prepare for the lectures.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment regime for this course consists of four components:

    Assessment Task Task Type Due Learning Outcome
    Short research exercise. Formative and summative. Second half of first term. 3
    Character profile Formative and summative. First half of second term. 3, 4, 5, 7
    Research essay Summative. End of second term. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

    Specific deadlines for the submission of coursework will be given to students at the outset of the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail
    The research exercise will require students to compile information on their chosen character, and to submit this to a database. The database will in turn become an important learning tool for the whole class.

    The character profile will be compiled by students as we move through the course chronologically. It will be Myuni as part of a wiki, and it will be visible to other students. The character profile will chart the biography of the student's chosen historical individual and discuss how the individual's personal history relates to the big themes that we cover in the course. The character profile will also identify connections with the characters of other students, e.g. familial connections, friendships, rivalries, shared experiences etc.

    Towards the end of the course, students will submit their main assessment, which is a research essay. Essay titles will be distributed to students at the commencement of the course.





    Submission
    All assessed work will be submitted on-line via Myuni. The deadline for the submission of assessments is 23:59 on the day of submission. Due dates are given in the course handbook (available on Myuni).
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    In addition to SELTs, students will have the opportunity to provide feedback during the course itself. Each category of students (actors, artists, film-makers, revolutionaries, writers etc.) will elect a "deputy". On a regular basis there will be brief "council of deputies" in which the elected representatives meet with the course convenor (either at the end of lectures or electronically). The deputies will be encouraged to use this opportunity to give feedback on how the course is progressing, and to deal with any issues that have arisen.

    Once SELTs have been submitted and the results analysed, the course convenor will write a response which is circulated to all students.
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