395/Econ. 395/Pol. Sci. 395/Slavic 395/Hist. 332/Soc. 392. Survey of the Soviet Union. (4). (SS).
This course exposes students to a wide range of information on the Soviet Union including an overall perspective of its history, its political and social institutions, its economics, and its culture. This course is designed to provide a basic, informed understanding of the second largest industrial and military power in the world and of a country which has undergone the most profound cultural and social upheaval of any nation in this century. The lectures draw on the expertise of University faculty from all the social science departments as well as the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. The course provides students with an informed basis on which to develop and expand an interest in the Soviet Union through further study. The course has two lecture meetings and two discussions meeting a week. [Cost:2] (Szporluk)
401. Senior Seminar in Russian and East European Studies. Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.
This seminar examines social, intellectual and political developments through the mechanism of selected topics. The purpose of the course is to develop a greater understanding of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and to develop analytical and research skills. The current focus of the seminar is the nature and role of the intelligentsia and related topics such as the role of the press, censorship and education. The time frame for the course is nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Class meetings will be devoted primarily to a general discussion of specified readings and research methods, with an occasional lecture. Students will be required to develop individual written projects in an area of special interest. Student assessment will be based on class participation, midterm essay, and a research paper. This seminar is designed for students who are concentrators in Soviet and East European Studies. Non-concentrators must have background in Soviet and/or East European Studies and may enroll only with permission of the instructor. [Cost:3] [WL:2] (Hastie)
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