Russian History & Culture
3 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to the modern history and culture of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The course is designed to acquaint students with Russian geography, ethnic groups, and religious institutions, as well as with social, political, and economic developments that have combined to produce a constantly evolving Russian nation. The course examines major themes relating to Russian imperialism, communism, the Cold War, and the fall of communism in the Soviet Union and other former Warsaw Pact states in Central Europe. Discussions about the post-communist present, exploring recent socioeconomic transformations, continuities, as well as struggles over political authority, ideology, ethnic identity, gender, religion, media, popular culture, the fine arts, and access to resources, will be featured.