HIS3283 : The Russian Revolution (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Professor David Saunders
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
The aims of this module are to give students an understanding of the political, social, economic, and military reasons for the collapse of the tsarist empire in February 1917 and the Bolshevik assumption and consolidation of power in the years 1917-21.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module has an introduction, five chronological and five thematic sessions, and a conclusion.
The five chronological topics are the downfall of the Romanov Dynasty in February-March 1917, the prime-ministerships of G E L'vov and A F Kerensky between March and October 1917, the Bolshevik takeover of late October 1917, and the communist victory in the Russian Civil War.
The five thematic topics are revolutionaries, peasants, urban workers, the armed forces, and the non-Russian inhabitants of the former Russian Empire.
The weekly seminars are devoted in roughly equal parts to the pooling of factual knowledge of that week’s topic, the scrutiny of documents which relate to it, and debate of essay-type questions about it.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||55||1:00||55:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||55||1:00||55:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||3:00||36:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||54||1:00||54:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||25||Essay/doc.commentary of 1,500 to 2,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Exams test acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely.
Documentary commentary exercises and examinations test knowledge and understanding of the texts set for the module. The ability to compare and contrast related source texts on a common subject. The ability to expound and criticize a textual extract lucidly, succinctly and with relevance in a relatively brief space, and, in an exam, under pressure of time.
Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress.
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the alternative of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of other students on the module. In order to take up this option, students need to discuss it with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator and their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them. The Study Abroad Co-ordinator will have the final say on such issues.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will require the provision of an alternative assessment before the end of teaching week 12. The alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 1,500 word essays in addition to the other coursework assessment. The essays should be set so as to assure full coverage of the course content.
Study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.