HI319 Russia in the 20th Century

for S1T 2007

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HI 319 Russia in the 20th Century


S1T 2007 DL


Pegues, Jutta C., PhD.


Assistant Professor of History

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MacKenzie, David and Michael W. Curran. Russia and the USSR in the Twentieth Century. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co. 2001. ISBN 0-534-57195-6

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Additional Resources:

The bibliographies at the end of the textbook chapters and end of the text also provide helpful research sources. For additional information concerning recent foreign political developments read articles in The New York Times and use your web browser; especially see the Library of Congress, http://lcweb@loc.gov.

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Course Description:
Begins with the failure of the democratic revolution of 1905, emphasizing the Revolution of 1917 and Russia under Lenin. The rise of Stalin, collectivization of agriculture and industrialization, World War II and the Cold War. New democratic stirrings and the collapse of the Soviet system. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This course traces the development of the Soviet system from its infancy to its greatest expansion after World War II. In addition, this course will look at the collapse of the Soviet Empire after 1990. The Soviet Union, our main enemy of the post World War II era, no longer exists; but the questions remain: will Russia continue to be expansionist; is Soviet Communism a thing of the past or will it revive? Although we won't be able to answer all the questions, we should be better equipped to evaluate what is happening in Russia today.

My goals as your instructor are to guide your learning, assist you as you develop your ability to think and write critically about history, and make this course both interesting and relevant for you.

This course is designed to help you understand the significance of the Communist threat and the great upheaval known as the Cold War. The course will enable you to better understand the history of Russia in the 20th century and prepare you to better analyze the relationship of Russia and the United States.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the major steps in the development of 19th and 20th century Russia;
  2. Measure the successiveness of the historical events in Russian history;
  3. Revise stereotypical attitudes toward Russia and Russian people;
  4. Assess Russian history from multiple viewpoints;
  5. Examine the ethnic diversity of both the USSR and the Russian Federation;
  6. Explain the goals and values of the major ethnic groups;
  7. Formulate an informal personal perspective on the past and present relationship between the United States and Russia; and
  8. Analyze the significance of the Cold War and identify historical revisionism.

Core Assessment:

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Class Assessment:
Homework, examinations, discussion, and term paper.


- On-line discussion (20% of your grade - for a total of 200 points) occurs via online conference discussion, responses to your classmates and material that you find which is pertinent to this course. The instructor will post in the conference area discussion questions which are tailored for the assigned readings (there will be 20 questions worth 10 points each ). Each student will participate online by posting responses and also responding to classmates. Grading rubrics are as follows:

The discussions are to be thorough and thoughtful discussions and not copied material from the textbook or other sources. There will be three discussion topics in in weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7. Two topics in weeks 4 and 6 and 1 topic in week 8. Each discussion topic is worth 10 points. The following evaluation guidelines will be used:

0 points: using material from the textbook and /or other sources without documentation - in other words plagiarizing responses.

2 points: extremely brief responses (EBR) or just a few lines with lots of spelling (I don't mean typos) and grammatical errors

4 points: extremely brief response (EBR) of just a few lines.

6 points: minimal brief response (MBR) of 3 to 4 sentences with no specifics or a response that relies heavily on others sources (even though documented).

8 points: thoughtful analysis of more than a few lines with good documentation .

10 points: thoughtful analysis with excellent documentation and re-entering the discussion at least once with a comment about a posting made by a classmate. In other words, full points are awarded for complete and thoughtful discussions as well as responding to your classmates' postings in a thoughtful and constructive way.


- Four Homework assignments (10% of your grade for a total of 100 points). Questions are posted in weeks 2, 3 ,5 and 7. The assignments will be an essay discussion of the end of chapter Problems of your textbook. Specific instructions will be posted in the content item marked 'Homework.'

- A Midterm Examination (25% of your grade for a total of 250 points) occurs at the end of Week 4. The Midterm examination is posted under Week 4 and will be available for students to take on Saturday and Sunday of Week 4). The Midterm will consist of short answer questions, fill-in blanks, T/F and a 400 word essay (specific criteria for the essay will be provided in the exam.

- A Term Paper (20% of your grade for a total of 200 points) is due at the end of Week  6 Guidelines  in the document sharing section.

- The proctored Final Examination (25% of your grade for a total of 250 points). This exam is comprehensive and will have short answers, some T/F, fill-in- the-blanks and a 400 word essay question. This will be a two hour examination and books and notes are NOT permitted.

This examination occurs during Week 8 at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your instructor where Park University sites are not available. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor by the 6th week of the term; this proctor must be accepted and approved by the instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website. For proctored examination photo identification is required at the time of the test. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your completed proctor form to me for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic F grade. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

Recap of Grading -

Twenty Discussions 20% or 200 points
Four Homework assignments 10% or 100 points
Midterm Examination 25% or 250 points
Term Paper 20% or 200 points
Final Examination 25% or 250 points

Course Grading Scale -

A = 900 - 1000
B = 800 - 899
C = 700 - 799
D = 600 - 699
F = 0 - 599


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Grades will be reduced by one letter grade for each 24 hour late submission.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Ground Rules for On-line Participation:

  1. Students must use Email for messages to the instructor or with other students, if needed. Class conferencing will be done as well and it enables all of us to communicate with one another via the computer.
  2. Students are required to spend approximately four hours a week on conferencing, e-mailing as well as online research, though the reading of traditional sources is strongly encouraged.
  3. When conferencing and e-mailing, use online etiquette, which includes courtesy to all users. University staff can access to this website. Avoid any language, which one can construe as offensive.
  4. Students may contact the eCollege technicians regarding technical problems. However, each student is responsible to be able to communicate via the World Wide Web using his own equipment and Internet service provider. Students who use their employers’ equipment and ISP place them at risk.
  5. Students are responsible to let the instructor know, whether they are encountering technical problems. Excuses at the end of the course will not be accepted.
  6. Students will e-mail assignment, attach files or for extensive writing projects use the postal service. Students need to be aware of the requirements and how it is to be submitted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See content item for each week.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Uses  6 or more sources
Uses 4 to 5  sources
Use 3 to 4 sources
Uses fewer than  3 sources
Identifies and analyzes 6 or more issues
Identifies and analyzes at least 4 issues
Identifies and analyzes at least 3 issues

Identifies and analyzes fewer than 3 issues
Assesses outcomes of at least 6 issues
Assesses outcomes of a 4 to 5 issues
Assesses outcomes of at least 3 issues
Assesses outcomes of less than 3 issues
No errors in factual presentation 1 or 2 factual errors
3 to 4 factual errors
5 or more factual errors
Demonstrates mastery of 6 or more issues
Demonstrates mastery of 4 to 5 issues
Demonstrates mastery of 3 issues
Demonstrates lack of undertstanding of issues
Incorporates at least 6 sources
Incorporates 4 to 5 sources
Incorporates at least 3 sources
Incorporates less than 3 sources
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
No errors in factual presentation
1 to 2 factual errors in presentation
3 to 6  factual errors in presenation
More than 6 factual errors in presentation
No errors in format items
1 error in fromat items
2 to 3 errors in format items
More than 3 errors in fromat items
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Exhibits an awareness for contemporary issues
 Exhibits an awareness for contemporary issues
Exhibits an awareness for contemporary issues


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