POLI 347

Russia/Former Soviet Politics

Political Science College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Comparative politics of Russia and Soviet successor states. Development of political systems from common Soviet heritage, emphasizing post-independence politics and institution building.

When Taught

Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

Be intellectually engaged

Learning Outcome

Possess a factual and theoretical knowledge of Russia/Former Soviet Union political processes, political theories, and political thought

Title

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate strong understanding of political and economic changes in former Soviet countries since 1991. Demonstrate strong understanding of the political institutions and political processes in Russia and other former Soviet countries. Demonstrate strong understanding of the patterns of interaction between Russia and its neighbors.

Title

Effective and Professional Writing

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate the ability to write a well-crafted, persuasive research paper.

Title

Effective Research and Analysis

Learning Outcome

Complete a research paper that uses effective comparison to explain political institutions or processes in former Soviet countries.

Title

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate the ability to apply theories of comparative politics to patterns of politics in former Soviet countries.

Title

Integrity in Daily Activities

Learning Outcome

Learn the consequences of plagiarism and how to avoid it.In written assignments, correctly acknowledge the words and/or ideas of other authors.

Title

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Learning Outcome

Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy

Title

Effective Research and Analysis

Learning Outcome

Use appropriate methods of analysis and research, including qualitative and quantitative methods, historical comparison, and textual interpretation to answer political questions.

Title

Effective and Professional Writing

Learning Outcome

Write professional grade research papers on political science questions.

Title

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Learning Outcome

Think critically, analytically, and synthetically.