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COURSE SYLLABUS

17 / FALL2 - Late Fall 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / FALL2 - Late Fall 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

 
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 392
 
Course Title: History of Russia: 1825 to Present
 
Semester Credit Hours: 3
 
Class Day and Time: Mon 
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

As this is a hybrid course, a portion of the course work is done in a traditional classroom setting while rest is conducted online.

See the Instructional Methods section below for more specific details related to course layout.

 

Catalog Description

Major historical developments from the death of Alexander I through the coming of Marxism, the Revolution of 1917, Stalin, the Great Patriotic War, the Cold War, to the Commonwealth of Independent States. Prerequisite: Junior standing

Prerequisites/Corequisites

Junior standing.

Assessment

Material from this course may be tested on the History Assessment Test (HAT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.

Text

Russia and the Soviet Union: A Historical Introduction 8 edition
Author: Thompson, John M. (Macmillan)
ISBN: 9780813349855
The Russian Revolution 3rd edition
Author: Fitzpatrick, Sheila (Oxford)
ISBN: 9780199237678
Stalin and Stalinism 3rd edition
Author: McCauley, Martin (Pearson Longman)
ISBN: 9781405874366

Course Objectives

• To become acquainted with the basic political/social evolution of Russian civilization as well as the fundamental character of Russian culture, and how they differ from that of the West. • To study the Russian Revolution and the fate of Marxist-Leninism in Russian history. • To acquire a mature understanding of modern Russian history, as well as an appreciation for the dignity of Russian culture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

• Describe and analyze the Russian response to the French enlightenment and the French Revolution. • Analyze the coming of Marxism to Russia and the development of revolutionary ideas. • Compare and contrast the various writers and ideas from nineteenth century Russian culture. • Describe Russian imperial policy. • Describe and analyze the freeing of the serfs in Russian and the development of the Narodniki. • Identify and analyze the contributions of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin to the Russian Reformation. • Describe the sequence of events leading to the creation of the Soviet Union. • Discuss the legacy of Stalin, the Great Patriotic War, the Cold War and the fate of the Soviet Union. • Describe the primary events of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union.

Special Course Requirements

Participation in this course requires the basic technology for all hybrid  classes at Columbia College:

  • Computer with reliable Internet access
  • Web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

Find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

Instructional Methods

Roundtable discussion questions will be answered and be due by Friday after each Monday class meeting and responses to at least two other students will be due by Sunday night at 10:00 pm (Please note the answer and follow up to other students must be done on separate nights). The classroom meetings on Monday will be used to cover major topics, student debates and discussion, and identifying major themes of modern Russian history.

Out of Class Activities

The student is responsible for reading the assigned chapters of the textbooks, working on the discussion questions, completing three short quizzes and composing a scholarship paper. You will also be responsible for reading the books The Russian Revolution and Stalin and Stalinism and writing a book critique for each.

Graded Activities

Book Critique over The Russian Revolution50 Points
Description -

Written book review over The Russian Revolution.   Paper will need to be between 2-3 pages and answer the following questions.
1) What was the author's thesis in the book?
2) Did the author defend his thesis effectively? Why or why not?
3) What problems did you find in the book?
4) What were the book's strengths?
5) What was your opinion of the overall book?
The paper will be submitted via the online platform and will be checked with TurnItIn.com.

Method of Evaluation -

Graded by the instructor. Effectiveness and understanding the book will be looked at. The fifty points also includes student's active participation with the discussion of the book during our Monday class meeting (you must be present to be awarded these points).

 
Book Review over Stalin and Stalinism50 Points
Description -

Written book review over Stalin and Stalinism.  Paper will need to be between 2-3 pages and answer the following questions.
1) What was the author's thesis in the book?
2) Did the author defend his thesis effectively? Why or why not?
3) What problems did you find in the book?
4) What were the book's strengths?
5) What was your opinion of the overall book?
The paper will be submitted via the online platform and will be checked with TurnItIn.com.

Method of Evaluation -

Graded by the instructor. Effectiveness and understanding the book will be looked at. The fifty points also includes student's active participation with the discussion of the book during our Monday class meeting (you must be present to be awarded these points).

 
Research paper over approved topic100 Points
Description -

A written essay of 5-7 pages over an approved topic in Modern Russian history. Paper will need to follow either the Turabian or Chicago style of writing. At least 4 outside references are needed to strengthen the paper's thesis. Paper is to be in 12 point, Times New Roman font, and double spaced. The paper will be submitted via the online platform and will be checked with TurnItIn.com.

Method of Evaluation -

Graded by the instructor. Effective thesis and support of thesis will be looked at heavily. Also, student's ability to follow style of writing will be looked at. A more detailed rubric will be posted via the online platform.

 
Weekly Online Discussion Questions140 Points
Description -

Each week you will be responsible for answering discussion questions via the online platform. There are two questions each week. You will also be responsible for interacting with other students as well.

 
Quizzes60 Points
Description -

Short quizzes will be given in weeks 2, 4, and 6 via the online platform. They will be short quizzes consisting of multiple choice, identification questions and an essay.  Each quiz is worth 20 points each and is done to check reading comprehension.

 
Final Exam100 Points
Description -

On our last in-class meeting we will take the final exam. Final exam is comprehensive, consisting of identification, short answer, and two essay questions.

 
Weekly In-Class Activities70 Points
Description -

In weeks 1-7, you will be broken up into groups to discuss a major topic we are covering in the class. You will need to complete an assignment handed out by the instructor each of these weeks for points. You must be present for the class meeting that the assignment is given to be awarded the points. No make ups will be awarded on these assignments due to being absent.

 

Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

No late assignments will be accepted in this class.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Course Introduction and Russia Prior to 1825
Activities:

Class introductions and overview of syllabus
Short lecture
In-class activity
Discussion Questions due before Friday of Week One and responses due before Sunday of Week One.

  • Catherine the Great was the leader of Russia as the Enlightenment Movement swept through. With that being said, Catherine was known as an "enlightened despot." Define what that term means and give specific examples of how that term was used by Catherine.
  •  What significance did religion play in the formation of Kievan Russia?

Reading:
  • Chapters 1-7 in the Thompson book (please note while this is 7 chapters it is only identifying major themes of Russia prior to 1825
     
  • Begin reading The Russian Revolution
 
Week 2
Century Russia
Activities:

Short lecture
In-class activity
Discussion Questions due before Friday of Week Two and responses due before Sunday of Week Two.

  •  What was the significance of the obshchina in the serf economy and the reforms related to serfdom?

  • Discuss the role of early revolutionary groups in 19th century Russia (i.e. the Decembrists, Narod, "Children of 1812," etc). How did each of the following tsars approach the revolutionaries: Nicholas I, Alexander II, and Alexander III.

Reading:

Chapters 8 and 9 in the Thompson book.
Finish reading The Russian Revolution.

Examinations:

Quiz #1 due by Friday of Week Two, by 10 pm and needs to be completed via the online quizzes platform. It covers lecture material from weeks 1 and 2 and chapters 1-9 in the Thompson book.

 
Week 3
Russia on the verge of Revolution and World War I
Activities:

Short lecture
In-class activity
Discussion Questions due before Friday of Week Three and responses due before Sunday of Week Three.

  •  What factors led to the Revolution of 1905? What were the outcomes of this revolution?

  • Explain the role of the Duma in the years prior to the outbreak of WW I. In your opinion was the Duma an effective legislative body or simply a "pawn to the tsar?"

Reading:

Chapter 10 in the Thompson book
Begin reading Stalin and Stalinism

Assignments:

Book critique on The Russian Revolution due by 10 pm Friday of Week Three via the online dropbox.

 
Week 4
The Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War
Activities:

Short lecture
Round table discussion over The Russian Revolution
In-class activity
Discussion Questions due by Friday of Week Four and responses due by Sunday of Week Four. 

  •  How did WWI bring on the crisis that led to the Russian Revolution of 1917?

  •  Describe the elements of the World War and the Revolution in relation to the transformation of Russia into Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Reading:

Chapter 11 in the Thompson Book
Continue reading Stalin and Stalinism

Examinations:

Quiz #2 is due by 10 pm on of Week Four via the online quiz platform. Covering lecture material from weeks 3 and 4 as well as chapters 10 and 11 from the Thompson book.

 
Week 5
The Collectivization of Agriculture and Russia in World War II
Activities:

Short lecture
In-class activity
Discussion Questions due by Friday of Week Five responses due by Sunday of Week Five. 

  •  Describe the Stalinist system and its impact on the USSR in the years leading up to WW II. Please be sure to include the Five Year Plans (in particular the first plan which included the Collectivization of Agriculture).

  •  How would you describe the relationship between the USSR and its allies in WW II, and what leads you to your conclusions? Do you feel this had any bearing on post-war relations between the US and Russia? Explain.

Reading:

Chapter 12 in the Thompson book.
Finish reading Stalin and Stalinism.

Assignments:

Book critique on Stalin and Stalinism due by Friday of Week Five before 10 pm. This needs to be put into the appropriate dropbox.

 
Week 6
The Cold War and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Activities:

Short lecture
Round table discussion over Stalin and Stalinism
In-class activity
Discussion Questions due by Friday of Week Six and responses due by Sunday of Week 6.

  •  Compare and contrast the strengths and weakness of the Soviet system during the Cold War era. What two post war issues best illustrate the conflicting world views of the Soviet Union and its former WW II allies?

  •  What factors made possible the Gorbachev "revolution?" In your opinion was Gorbachev a good or bad thing for Russia and it's Communist foundations? Explain.

Reading:

Chapters 13 and 14 from the Thompson book.

Examinations:

Quiz #3 is due by Friday of Week Six before 10 pm. Covering lecture material from weeks 5 and 6 as well as chapters 12-14 in the Thompson book.

 
Week 7
Post Soviet Russia and Russia into the 21st Century
Activities:

Short lecture
In-class activity
Discussion Questions due by Friday of Week Seven and responses due by Sunday of Week Seven.

  •  What challenges does Russia face in the post-Soviet era as the 21st century progresses?

  • In your opinion is the relationship that the US and Russia have today a strong relationship? Explain your answer.

Reading:

Chapters 15 and 16 in the Thompson book.

 
Week 8
Final Exam
Activities:

The final exam will be comprehensive over weeks 1-7. Covering all lecture material and all the chapters from the Thompson book. Consisting of short answer, identification, and essay questions.

Examinations:

Final, comprehensive exam in class on Monday of Week Eight. 

 

Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures

Attendance

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Campus Policy - Regular attendance is expected of all students. Attendance is one of the most important measures of your interest and desire to do well academically. Your attendance helps your instructor facilitate better discussions and your fellow students benefit from your ideas and experiences.

Unforeseen circumstances occasionally dictate that you must miss class; please make every effort to discuss such circumstances with your instructor before the absence. Remember that if you are not in class, you are absent - regardless of the reasons - and that you are still responsible for all in-class assignments made. Your instructor is not responsible for providing this information to you - you must plan ahead with another student who would agree to share notes, etc., with you and vice versa.

Instructor Policy - Student is expected to attend class on a regular basis. If more than 3 classes are missed, the student’s grade may be dropped one letter grade at the discretion of the instructor. This goes for all absences. Make-up exams will be given at the discretion of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Campus Policy - Information about class cancellations due to inclement weather will be available at 875-SHUT (875-7488). Class cancellation information will also be broadcast over local radio and television stations. Students may also check the college website, www.ccis.edu.

If a class is cancelled due to weather or any other reason a make up night will be scheduled.   The typical make up night will be scheduled for a Friday night.   Watch your CougarMail concerning the class make up schedule.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.

Incomplete

Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Prerequisites

Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.

CougarTrack

Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.

CougarMail

Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Textbooks

Columbia College Policy - The textbooks listed on this syllabus are required for this course.  They are guaranteed to be available through the authorized textbook suppliers designated by Columbia College. 

FERPA

Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.

Non-Discrimination

Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS POLICIES

Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.

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