PSCI217 - RUSSIAN POLITICS

This course will present an in-depth examination of political, economic and social change in post-Soviet Russia within a historical context. After a brief discussion of contemporary problems in Russia, the first half of the course will delve into the rise of communism in 1917, the evolution of the Soviet regime, and the tensions between ideology and practice over the seventy years of communist rule up until 1985. The second part of the course will begin with an examination of the Gorbachev period and the competing interpretations of how the events between 1985 and 1991 may have contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will then proceed to make sense of the continuities and changes in politics, economics and society in contemporary Russia. Important topics will include the confrontations accompanying the adoption of a new constitution, the emergence of competing ideologies and parties, the struggle over economic privatization, the question of federalism and nationalism, social and political implicatons of economic reform, and prospects for Russia's future in the Putin and post-Putin era.
Section 001 - LEC
MW 0200PM-0300PM
SIL, RUDRA
STITELER HALL B26
Section 201 - REC
W 0300PM-0400PM
WELLS, EMILY
CASTER BUILDING A19
Section 202 - REC
W 0400PM-0500PM
WELLS, EMILY
WILLIAMS HALL 201
Section 203 - REC
R 1200PM-0100PM
WELLS, EMILY
EDUCATION BUILDING 114
Section 204 - REC
W 0300PM-0400PM
JAIRAM, ANIRUDDHA
WILLIAMS HALL 201
Section 205 - REC
W 0400PM-0500PM
JAIRAM, ANIRUDDHA
WILLIAMS HALL 741
Section 206 - REC
R 0900AM-1000AM
JAIRAM, ANIRUDDHA
COLLEGE HALL 311F

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair