HIST155 The Peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST155 The Peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey of the historical development of the Slavic peoples and nations of Eastern Europe, emphasizing their roots, national consciousness, and cultural outlook. Topics include the modernization of Russia and Eastern Europe through the various phases of revolution, industrialization, East/West relations, and human rights.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. recount the history of the Imperial Russia prior to the Communist Revolution of 1917;
    2. recount the history of the Soviet Union to its eventual breakup in 1992;
    3. evaluate the reasons for the outbreak and later success of the Communist Revolution of 1917;
    4. evaluate the reasons for the rise of Joseph Stalin and nature of his regime;
    5. evaluate the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union; and
    6. evaluate the resurrection of the nation-states of the Eastern Europe.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. geopolitical setting
    2. Medieval foundations
    3. Slavic peoples: 18th & 19th centuries
    4. revolution in the 20th century
    5. Eastern Europe in the '20s & '30s
    6. USSR: Trotsky to Stalin’s revolution
    7. post 1945 and the contemporary age
    8. resurrection of the nation-states of Eastern Europe
    9. the historical significance
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically-administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -2/99; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015