ECTS - History and Politics of Russia and the Soviet Union

History and Politics of Russia and the Soviet Union (IR314) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
History and Politics of Russia and the Soviet Union IR314 3 0 0 3 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer, Field Trip.
Course Coordinator
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Course Objectives This course is aimed to familiarize students with the dynamics determining the place of Russia within the global politics in the historical flow of Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • A general outline of the history of the Soviet Union will be learned.
  • Students will be closely analysing the transformation the Soviet Revolution has caused over Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union.
  • The radical transformation of the Russian Federation after achieving its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 will be examined.
Course Content The history of the Russian Empire, the history of the Soviet Union; the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the new Russian Federation; on fields of restructuring and important problem areas.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 A General Introduction to the Course: An Outline of Russian History Prior to 1917 Revolution None
2 Revolution Years: 1917-1921 Kenez, Chapters 1 and 2, pp. 1-40.
3 New Economic Policy: 1921-1929 Kenez, Chapter 3, pp. 41-79.
4 Collectivization and the First five-year Plan Kenez, Chapter 4, pp. 80-102.
5 Stalinism and Terror Kenez, Chapter 5, pp. 103-131.
6 Second World War and The Soviet Union Kenez, Chapter 6, pp. 132-159.
7 Khrushchev Era Kenez, Chapter 8, pp. 184-213.
8 Midterm Exam None
9 Brezhnev Era Kenez, Chapter 9, pp. 214-242.
10 Gorbachev Era: the End of Communism in Russia Sakwa, Chapter 1, pp. 1-37.
11 Nation, Nationalism and the Russian State Sakwa, Chapter 3, pp. 94-131.
12 Development of multi-party Politics Sakwa, Chapter 4, pp. 132-178.
13 Emergence of Russian Foreign and Defense Policies Sakwa, Chapter 8, pp. 286-321.
14 Commonwealth of Independent States and the Soviet Heritage Sakwa, Chapter 9, pp. 322-391.
15 Democracy and anti-democracy in Russia: From Yeltsin to Putin Reading Package
16 Final Exam None


Course Book 1. Richard Sakwa, Russian Politics and Society. London: Routledge, 1993.
2. Peter Kenez, A History of the Soviet Union: from the Beginning to the End. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 10 50
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 50
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury - -
Toplam 11 100
Percentage of Semester Work 100
Percentage of Final Work 0
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Acquiring the skills of understanding, explaining, and using the fundamental concepts and methodology of international relations X
2 Acquiring the skills of analyzing international relations from a theoretical level X
3 Having adequate knowledge about history of international relations and being able to analyze historical processes, events and international actors X
4 Acquiring the ability to make logical interpretations about the contemporary either global, regional or national actors and their future positions X
5 Acquiring the ability to have an interdisciplinary perspective that synthesizes other disciplines to IR X
6 Developing necessary quantitative and qualitative research skills in International Relations X
7 Having ability to express herself/himself with regard to disciplinary issues X
8 Having the ability of reaching relevant sources and knowing the way she/he uses particular knowledge X
9 Having the ability of analytical thinking, critical analysis and developing rational argument X
10 Being able to use English for everyday conversations as well as in an advanced level for professional purposes. X
11 Having a responsible perspective in parallel with ethical principles and having necessary knowledge about ethical liability. X
12 Understanding the importance of lifelong learning, accessing information, following contemporary events and developments in scientific community and having the ability of renewing herself/himself in accordance with it. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 40 40
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics 4 5 20
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury
Total Workload 150