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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Tania Raffass


This unit identifies the major political and social developments in the former Soviet Union and the contemporary Russian Federation and attempts to identify patterns of continuity, contradiction and departure within them. The teaching matter addresses developments in the late Soviet - especially the Gorbachev period - and introduces students to themes in contemporary Russian politics. The subject also devotes significant attention to the application of various political science approaches to interpreting politics and society in Russia from the 20th century to the present.


Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to develop an understanding of the political, historical and social contexts in which contemporary Russia finds itself; to enhance their analytical skills and critical thinking in relation to major concepts, theories, events and processes pertaining to Russia's transition from communist party rule; to strengthen their conceptual and empirical knowledge of regime change, social problems and institution building in contemporary conditions; to continue the development of critical skills and an ability to communicate effectively; specifically to: develop a topic for investigation; familiarise themselves with a wide range of sources; recognise and be able to present a logically-ordered argument


Essay (2000 words): 50%; A seen exam (Two hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tanya Raffass

Contact hours

Two hours Lecture/Seminar per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies
European and European Union studies


First-year sequence in Politics